October 27, 2009 at 02:39 PM EDT

Melrose Place‘s “fun and sexy” new makeover has a face — and it’s a pretty one at that.

Nick Zano, who’s currently playing Courteney Cox’s boy-toy on Cougar Town, is in talks to join The CW reboot as a pseudo-replacement for Colin Egglesfield’s dark, brooding Auggie, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Zano would be playing a doctor who works with Lauren (Stephanie Jacobsen) and Michael (Thomas Calabro) at Wilshire Memorial. In an interview last week, executive producer Todd Slavkin described the character as “irreverent and funny… He will move into the [apartment] building. He doesn’t take life very seriously. Medicine can be very fun as well as serious to him, and he ends up lightening up Lauren.”

SPOILER ALERT: I’m told Zano’s Melrose gig wouldn’t interfere with his Cougar Town commitment since he recently shot his final episode of the ABC comedy.

Reaction to Melrose‘s (likely) new hire?

PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Cartwright/ABC

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