The CW and the studio CBS Paramount Network Television are exploring whether to put the remake in development for the 2009-10 TV season, network spokesman Paul Hewitt said Tuesday.
The new "Beverly Hills 90210" isn't the cultural phenomenon of the original, but it has improved the CW's performance among women aged 18-to-34 by 46 percent over its Tuesday time slot a year ago. That's the youthful audience that the CW is trying to attract to establish itself.
"Melrose Place" aired on Fox from 1992 to 1999, a prime-time soap about a mythical Los Angeles locale. Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith and Marcia Cross were among its stars. It was created by Darren Star.
The relative success of "90210" and "One Tree Hill" this fall have helped the CW stave off rumors that it might fold.