By: Michael Starr
Alexis Carrington returned to “Dynasty” last Friday night by crashing a funeral and telling stunned onlookers that “traffic was a bitch.”
Of course she did.
The iconic, over-the-top Alexis, immortalized by Joan Collins in ABC’s original “Dynasty” (1981-89), has returned to The CW’s reboot in the form of Nicollette Sheridan, last seen on series TV as Edie Britt in “Desperate Housewives.”
“I’ve never seen ‘Dynasty’ and I sort of love that I haven’t and that I haven’t jumped in to watch it. I have a whole fresh take on it, so I didn’t quite realize what I was in for,” says Sheridan, 54, who co-starred as Paige Matheson on “Dynasty” competitor “Knots Landing” (CBS) for seven seasons (1986-93). “Of course I knew who Alexis was — I’ve known Joan [Collins] for many years and was good friends with her sister, Jackie,” she says. “Alexis was definitely ahead of her time in the ’80s — and she still is.”
In the original “Dynasty,” Alexis didn’t make her grand entrance until the Season 2 opener. The reboot has jumped the gun just a bit (the season finale airs April 8), but Alexis will clash with, among others, her daughter Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies), son Steve (James Mackay) and ex-husband Blake (Grant Show).
“Obviously she’s a powerful woman, which is always attractive, and she’s attracted to some positives and negatives, from the money versus the love for her children and her desire to make them better human beings,” Sheridan says of Alexis. “I think she’s a very important character for this show — she’s the anchor, in a way. She’s the matriarch and the puppeteer. So many events revolve around her.
“There’s nothing more complicated than a relationship between a mother and daughter, which is something we’re really going to explore,” she says. “Fallon is this messed-up powerhouse and when her mother arrives you see where she gets it from — and Alexis sees where her shortcomings are. For her it’s all about helping Fallon be a fuller person.”
Sheridan says she’s “a little exhausted” from shooting the season finale on an Atlanta soundstage. “I just came back from choreographing a huge fight scene for the final episode and you can’t believe what they fit into one episode,” she says. “We have a fire, a fight and a wedding.
“People are titillated to see Alexis. It’s nice she’s finally here,” she says. “As Elton John put it so succinctly: ‘The bitch is back.’”
“Dynasty” Airs Friday at 8 p.m. on The CW.
SOURCE: The New York Post