December 14, 2008 8:31 PM
If Heather Locklear and “One Tree Hill” creator Mark Schwahn are spotted by TMZ having lunch at the Ivy, there may be a good reason: Mr. Schwahn is in negotiations to create, write and executive produce the pilot for The CW’s upcoming “Melrose Place” spinoff, two people familiar with the situation said. A final deal isn’t in place, but discussions shouldn’t be too heated, since Mr. Schwahn recently signed an overall deal with “Melrose” producer CBS Paramount Network Television. One possible hitch: That agreement doesn’t kick in until June, and Mr. Schwahn also has a concurrent deal with Warner Bros. Television to continue as showrunner on “Hill” next season. That’s why, for now at least, Mr. Schwahn is scheduled only to create a template for the new “Melrose,” with another producer possibly running things day-to-day if the pilot goes to series. As long as Mr. Schwahn finds a way to woo Ms. Locklear back to D&D Advertising, Blink is on board.