Doug Savant originally signed on to do 13 episodes of season 6, but since Heather Locklear got pregnant they had to start filming earlier and he was doing Godzilla at the time he was written off in the season six premiere.
Matt wasn't killed off until the season seven premiere, but that was for storyline purposes rather than anything to do with Doug Savant.
Courtney Thorne-Smith was the one of the leaving cast members that was offered a significant raise, but she still left. Fox moved her over to Ally McBeal which premiered after Melrose Place the next season.
Marcia Cross left because of wanting a raise and was in negotations until she was finally killed off. That's why the "brain tumour" storyline happened and why it was so wonkingly written - you can almost tell when negotiations was going well and when they weren't. I guess they wrote that in to try and pressure her into accepting a lesser deal.
Josie Bissett had a miscarriage and needed time out, hence her returning one and a half season later.
Daphne Zuniga was basically unhappy with how Jo was written and was asked to be written off. She was also old friends with Darren Star who had left the show at the start of season four, so that might've also affected her decision to leave.
Laura Leighton supposedly asked for a Heather Locklear type of pay raise. I don't know how true that is - if she did, I think she wanted to leave because she must've known there was no way in hell she was going get it. Although, Spelling was known for placing stories in the press when actors pissed him off...
Thanks for the info! I like hearing what was going on.
And wow, I had no idea Darren Star left then. It always sounded like he was there until like Season 5.
No, Darren Star officially left at episode 100 of Melrose to do Central Park West at CBS, who at the time wanted to appeal to a younger audience. As by spite, Fox ended up scheduling the season six premiere of Beverly Hills, 90210 against Central Park West and then scheduled the 100th episode against the repeat of Central Park West's pilot. Petty! Central Park West ended up flopping hard despite being quite good.
Darren did leave an outline for the storylines for the first half of season four, apparently.
Sounds interesting. Maybe I'll check out that show - just found it on YouTube.
Oh, CPW was the best. It wasn't given a chance to gain an audience.
Laura should have gotten the raise she wanted
Thanks for the Info Really miss Melrose Place