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Heather Locklear returns to 'Melrose Place' tonight

November 17, 2009 |  7:00 am


Amanda Woodward walks into the WPK office she owns on "Melrose Place" tonight and immediately tears into her employees, proving she's always been and always will be the boss. It doesn't matter how many years she spent on that island with Peter.

"This office is pathetic," she announces with nary a hello -- and we love it. Amanda Woodward is back, and so is her 'tude. It's like the last 10 years never happened.

For Heather Locklear, walking in Amanda's shoes again has been a little challenging. For one thing, the renovated "Melrose Place" courtyard has stone floors that are very slippery.

"Have you seen what Ella (Katie Cassidy) wears? The shoes are insane," Locklear said. "That's what I've been wearing. And they're very high and you should be on your back wearing them. Or on your hands and knees, whatever you want to do. You can't walk in them. They wet down the floor a lot and you're in these high, high shoes and there's a lot of slippage going on and tilting over. In one of my first scenes, I had to walk and talk there and address the cast all at the same time, and you can imagine. It was all 'You don't know me, which is nerve-racking to begin with, and now I'm going to walk here and act like I have confidence.'"

Stilettos aside...

Locklear says getting back in touch with the Amanda diva inside her has been easy. It's what comes out of Amanda's mouth that is harder work.

"The dialogue is a little different," Locklear said. "It's faster and it's seedier, so I have to get used to that. It's easy to channel her inside but with the dialogue, it's not as easy. But once I start getting things in order and telling people what to do, that's pretty easy."

Amanda returns to Los Angeles without Peter (Jack Wagner) after having been for God knows how long on that island. Soon, we will meet her new boyfriend (Billy Campbell) and learn about her various agendas. But that doesn't mean viewers won't ever see Peter. Locklear and Wagner are dating in real life, and Locklear says she'd love for him to return to the show.

For now, though, it's all about Amanda. The CW and producers are hoping that the blond bombshell will give the series the jump start it needs. (Locklear will be reunited with former cast members Thomas Calabro, Josie Bissett and Daphne Zuniga in the 16th episode).

Read more about Locklear's return, the resolution of Sydney's murder (Laura Leighton), and other changes coming to the show here.

--Maria Elena Fernandez

Video courtesy of CW

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