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Star, Darren (b. 1961)  
 
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Star had limited involvement in the updated show. "It's not something that I would choose to do," he explained in an interview shortly before the new show premiered. "I'd like to think about what's next [rather] than go back."

Star's next television series, Melrose Place (1992-1999), began as a spin-off from Beverly Hills, 90210 and built on the success of that show. Instead of teenagers, however, the new show focused on a group of young professionals in their twenties living in an apartment complex in the Melrose neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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The show and its setting was reputedly inspired by Star's own experiences living in a motel-style West Hollywood apartment building after graduating from college.

In addition to creating and co-executive producing the series, Star also wrote twelve episodes.

While Melrose Place primarily concentrated on the amorous adventures of a group of straight characters, the cast also featured a recurring gay male character, Matt Fielding, portrayed by the heterosexual actor Doug Savant.

However, once the character of Matt was introduced, his (homo)sexuality was deliberately downplayed. As the television critic Matt Roush noted in USA Today, "Matt [Fielding] has been the invisible man of Melrose Place, a monk among men, denied a sex life while everyone else is frolicking naked in the pool."

Moreover, Fox executives demanded that Melrose Place producers cut a scene in which Matt is seen kissing another man in the show's season two finale. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a watchdog group dedicated to promoting accurate media representations of the glbtq community, criticized the decision and announced, "What are the censors afraid of in a simple kiss? Why can't Matt be a full human being like the rest of his heterosexual counterparts?"

In December 1994, during the show's third season, The Advocate magazine put actor Doug Savant (as Matt Fielding) on its cover and asked, "Why can't this man get laid?"

In the cover story, Star defended his show and explained that "The nature of television and television advertising is such that we cannot permit Matt to have real physical relationships on-screen like the other characters. We walk on eggshells in terms of telling stories about his character."

While he was mainly deployed as a confidant, providing emotional support to his straight friends and neighbors, early episodes of the series explored Matt's relationship with his homophobic parents, and featured storylines involving HIV antibody testing, job discrimination, and gaybashing.

The character also became involved with a female friend from the Soviet Union, later marrying her so she could obtain U.S. citizenship for herself and her young daughter; the woman returned to the Soviet Union with her daughter, nonetheless, shortly after the wedding.

By the fourth season, the writers and producers of Melrose Place carefully began to give Matt a more active romantic life. In keeping with the soap-opera melodramatics of the show, Matt became involved with a closeted, HIV-positive lieutenant in the United States Navy, a gay police detective who becomes obsessive and holds him hostage, a married plastic surgeon who frames him for murder, a closeted movie star, and a director of a rehabilitation facility who becomes physically abusive.

The character of Matt Fielding was written out of the show in season six, after he receives an offer to work in an AIDS clinic in San Francisco. Early in the show's seventh and final season, the residents of Melrose Place learn that Matt has been killed in an auto accident.

An updated version of the series, also called Melrose Place, premiered in 2009, on the CW Television Network. It failed to gain an audience, however, and was canceled after only one season. Similar to 90210, Star had only limited involvement in the new show.

Following the success of his first two television shows, Star was next approached by CBS to develop a primetime drama designed to attract a younger viewership for the network. He created Central Park West (1995-1996), set within New York's publishing industry.

Among others, the show featured out-actor John Barrowman.

However, Central Park West failed with critics and viewers alike and was pulled from the CBS schedule mid-season. It returned several months later, with a number of cast changes and retitled CPW. The retooled show also proved unsuccessful and the show was canceled in June 1996.

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