Sure, you like "Scandal" and "Empire" now, but the drama that made primetime safe for jaw-dropping, over-the-top plot twists was "Melrose Place." Anything could happen on the 1992-99 spinoff of "Beverly Hills, 90210," no matter how crazy. As series creator Darren Star recalled years later, "Bad taste was never a consideration. If we were laughing, we knew we were onto something."
The nighttime soap about a group of post-collegiate neighbors at a West Hollywood apartment complex not only spawned two spinoffs of its own (mid-'90s drama "Models, Inc." and a rebooted "Melrose Place" in 2009-10), but it also sparked the careers of several young rising stars, as well as giving career boosts to a couple of veterans. Now that it's the latest show to get the "Unauthorized" treatment on Lifetime ("The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story" debuts Saturday, October 10), it's time to learn what became of the actors who used to gather around that notorious courtyard swimming pool.