26 August 2005 - 'Housewives' Star Longoria Recovering from Bump
Source : Zap2It
About a week after "Desperate Housewives" co-star Eva Longoria was accidentally beaned on the set of her Emmy-nominated show, she was seen in public laughing -- not from her head injury, but from attending the "Hot Tamale" show at Los Angeles' Comedy Store on Thursday, Aug. 25.
Longoria took a break from her mirth to discuss some of the developments that will affect her character, the adulterous Gabrielle Solis, on the upcoming season of "Housewives."
"This is going to be a big evolution for Gabrielle this season," she says in an "Extra" interview. "Her pregnancy, she's dealing with Carlos being in prison and I think there's going to be a new guy."
In fact, it was shooting prison scenes for the show on Wednesday, Aug. 17 that caused her injury. While on location at Pasadena City College for a jail scene, Longoria was felled by a pole hitting her on the head.
"It was a scary thing ... It wasn't something to take lightly when you get a head injury. It's pretty serious," she says.
At the time of her accident, her spokesperson said the actress had "a hard head." A hardy noggin notwithstanding, ABC decided not to take any chances with their star and granted her a few days off. Unfortunately, this threw everyone else off schedule.
"Felicity, Marcia and Teri rearranged their lives, because we have an ensemble cast," she says, referring to her co-stars Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher. "So it affects like 20 people."
As evidenced by her presence at The Comedy Store, Longoria isn't the worse for wear. Of course, she's also been under the tender ministrations of her boyfriend Tony Parker's mother.
"She's great. She came here to take care of me because of my mangled head ... we get along great," she says.
When asked if the lady would make good mother-in-law material, Longoria continued with her trend for the evening and laughed.
"My God," she says. "This is how rumors start. Look, no ring!"
The full interview airs on "Extra" on Friday, Aug. 26.
"Housewives," has earned 15 Emmy nominations, including one for best comedy. Cross, Hatcher and Huffman are also nominated for best lead actress in a comedy.
24 August 2005 - 'Housewives' Won't Tease to Start Season
Source : Zap2It
Fans of "Desperate Housewives" won't have to wait very long to get a resolution to last season's closing-shot cliffhanger.
ABC says that the second-season premiere of the hit series, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, will pick up pretty much where May's finale left off, with plumber Mike Delfino (James Denton) coming home to find Zach Young (Cody Kasch) holding a gun to Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher). What happens, of course, is a secret; the network is saying only that he "has to find a way to rescue them both."
The premiere will also continue a few other storylines set up in the first-season finale. Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) will interview for a job at an ad agency after she and her husband, Tom (Doug Savant), agreed to flip roles and he's staying home with their four kids. Her prospective boss ("Wild Card's" Joely Fisher, who will have a recurring part), however, is skeptical about hiring a mother.
Shirley Knight ("Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood") will also guest-star in the episode as Rex Van De Camp's (the departed Steven Culp) mother, who comes to town for her son's funeral and promptly sets about driving his widow, Bree (Marcia Cross), nuts.
Alfre Woodard ("Beauty Shop," "Miss Evers' Boys") and Mehcad Brooks also join the cast as a mother and son who have just moved onto Wisteria Lane.
23 August 2005 - Twain, Phair Highlight 'Housewives' Soundtrack
Source : Zap2It
Having conquered television, the ladies of Wisteria Lane will next take on the music world.
A soundtrack for "Desperate Housewives," featuring an impressive array of female artists ranging from Shania Twain to Liz Phair, is set to hit stores Tuesday, Sept. 20 -- five days before the show begins its second season on ABC. "Music From and Inspired by Desperate Housewives" comes from Hollywood Records, which like ABC is part of Disney.
Twain will contribute a new song called "Shoes" to the album, which features a mix of original tunes and covers, as well as Danny Elfman's Emmy-nominated theme music and snippets of dialogue from the show.
Phair will contribute a thematically appropriate cover of the Rolling Stones' "Mother's Little Helper," while country star Martina McBride will do a version of "Harper Valley PTA." The Indigo Girls are on board for a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson." Gloria Estefan, k.d. lang, Macy Gray and Joss Stone are also set to record songs for the soundtrack.
"Desperate Housewives" is up for 15 Emmy Awards next month, including outstanding comedy series. Cross, Hatcher and Huffman are all nominated for best lead actress in a comedy.
21 August 2005 - TERI UNCENSORED
Source : National Enquirer
Teri Hatcher is so busy working on Desperate Housewives that she has considered hiring a gigolo because she doesn't have time for romance, she told The National Enquirer in her most outrageous interview ever.
She also added that she uses sex toys to make up for the lack of a man in her life.
But Teri isn't complaining. Although she turned 40 this year, she says she feels more like 20. And she insists that her dramatic new look — pencil thin legs and arms and curvy boobs — is "the way I have always wanted to look."
Teri pulled no punches talking exclusively to us as excitement mounted over the second season of her ABC drama, which premieres at the end of next month.
She once moaned that she went four years without sex after her marriage to actor Jon Tenney collapsed.
But Teri raised eyebrows recently when she confessed to steamy romps in a battered VW van parked in her yard because she was afraid of waking up her seven-year-old daughter Emerson Rose. "When that van's rocking, don't come aknocking," she said.
"I've had a few little involvements since my divorce but nothing serious," she added.
"I don't want a heavy relationship with any man right now. I'm living my youth late. I worked really hard when I was younger and then I was married for 10 years. Now I feel like I'm 20 again and have the whole world to explore.
"I don't go on many dates because I'm so busy working again. But it's no big deal. There are a lot of fabulous electronics [sex toys] out there!"
Then, in a shocking admission, she added: "You know, I once thought of what it would be like to hire a male hooker. I have never done that but the thought crossed my mind! It's certainly a way to be in total control of your sex life."
Unlike other youth-obsessed actresses, the former Lois & Clark star says turning 40 was the best thing that ever happened to her. "I'm living proof that you don't have to be blonde and 20 years old in order to be successful as an actress. I'm not over the hill!"
Teri looks after herself by exercising daily and says she loves being thin and firm with ample breasts.
"It's the way I've always wanted to look — slender arms and legs, flat stomach and round, curvy breasts," she said. But she's quick to confirm that her breasts are real and not silicone.
"I was flat-chested until I became pregnant," says Teri. "After my daughter was born in 1997 I breast-fed her. It was wonderful because for the first time ever I had great looking breasts. People often claim my breasts are fake but they aren't. They're mine and nature gave them to me when I became a mother."
19 August 2005 - Not So 'Desperate' Cross Engaged
Source : Zap2It
Just in case no one believed Marcia Cross the first time she said she was straight, the "Desperate Housewives" co-star has gone and gotten herself engaged -- to a man.
Cross will be a wife for real, but hopefully not a desperate one, after accepting boyfriend Tom Mahoney's proposal over the weekend, publicist Heidi Slan confirmed on Friday, Aug. 19.
"The happy couple have not set a date for the wedding yet," she said in a statement.
It will be the first marriage for both Cross, 43, and Mahoney, 47. She had previously dated companion Richard Jordan until his death in 1993. Her long term single status seemed to support the rumor that she was gay after tabloids reported she was going to do an interview for gay magazine The Advocate.
"It was very odd and I assume this is what comes of being 42 and single. I don't know if they just needed to find a reason why I wasn't married," she said at the time. "I mean, I'm not [gay]. I did think it was really weird that there was all this curiosity about something like that, about sexuality."
Cross plays the perfectly uptight Bree Van De Kamp on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," for which she and co-stars Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman earned Emmy nominations. The show is also up for the best comedy series award.
The redhead also famously played the rather unbalanced Dr. Kimberly Shaw on "Melrose Place" and made appearances on "Knots Landing," "Everwood" and "Seinfeld."
18 August 2005 - Housewives actress injured on set
Source : BBC News
Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria has been hit on the head by a falling pole while filming the series.
Longoria, who plays ex-model Gabrielle Solis in the show, was not seriously hurt after being "bumped on the head" on set in Pasadena, California.
The 30-year-old actress was treated and released from a nearby hospital on the same day, her spokeswoman said.
US show Desperate Housewives received 15 Emmy nominations and its series final attracted 4.1 million UK viewers.
The accident was not expected to delay filming on the show's second series.
Suburban drama Desperate Housewives has been US network ABC's top-rated show, attracting 22.8 million viewers.
The show's popularity in its Sunday night slot has led organisers of the Golden Globe film awards to move its traditional Sunday ceremony to a Monday next year, to avoid losing viewers to Desperate Housewives.
15 August 2005 - The OC vs Housewives
Source : Sky Showbiz
There was plenty of snazzy frocks as Hollywood's youngsters rocked up for the annual Teen Choice Awards.
And in the TV category it was a bit of a battle between Desperate Housewives and The O.C.
Rachel Bilson, who plays Summer in The O.C. beat her co-star Mischa Barton to the best drama actress, while her on and off-screen boy Adam Brody won the male equivalent.
Not surprisingly the couple won the best chemistry gong, and the whole show was named best drama.
Rachel also picked up the female hottie award.
Desperate Housewives was named best breakout show, with Eva Longoria walking away with the prize for the breakout female actress.
Eva also had luck alongside her co-stars as they won the best cast gong.
In the movie category, it was definitely The Notebook's night, as it took a whopping eight awards, including best drama actor and actress for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
Sandra Bullock was named best comedy actress for Miss Congeniality 2 and Jim Carrey got the award for best movie baddie for Lemony Snicket.
And Paris Hilton didn't go home empty-handed after winning a gong for the best scream in House Of Wax.
Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Jesse McCartney and Eminem all did well in the music category.
12 August 2005 - Chinese put 'Housewives' on TV menu
Source : Hollywood Reporter
The wayward women of Wisteria Lane are about to get a new, faraway address in China.
"Desperate Housewives" is heading to major Chinese broadcaster China Central Television in a deal announced Thursday in Hong Kong.
Under the deal, Buena Vista International Television -- Asia Pacific has licensed to international distributor Zone Vision Networks the rights to premiere the hit series in China.
Zone Vision in turn owns the primetime block on China Central's entertainment channel CCTV-8, where it has scheduled the series for a fall debut.
Although no firm date has been set for the Chinese launch, a spokeswoman for Zone Vision said the company is looking at a September debut on the entertainment block "Everyday Jiayi," a nightly branded block of programming that features international dramas and movies and airs on the national broadcaster in China.
The programming deal was unveiled by Steve Macallister, senior vp and managing director at BVITV-AP, and Zone Vision Networks chairman Chris Wronski.
"We are delighted to be working with Zone Vision as a partner in China and to be bringing 'Desperate Housewives' to a Chinese audience," Macallister said. "The stellar performance of 'Desperate Housewives' worldwide demonstrates that a good story can transcend all cultures and languages." The series has been nominated for 15 Emmys.
Zone Vision operates the successful "Everyday Jiayi" block through Encore International Beijing, which it recently acquired. This deal represents the first acquisition made under the new ownership.
"As part of our commitment to our relationship with CCTV and our viewers in China, we have made it a priority to acquire more notable Hollywood series and award-winning programming from around the world," Wronski said. "Certainly, 'Desperate Housewives' is an excellent first step in that direction. We will continue to seek out programming properties that will be exciting and appropriate for this audience as well as further enhance the 'Jiayi' brand."
Added Sarah Jiang, general manager of Encore International Beijing: "This series has already generated a lot of press coverage and excitement in China. Acquiring a series of this caliber underscores our commitment to this market as well as to our partners at CCTV-8."
For BVITV-AP, the agreement was negotiated by China head Mark Chan.
"Desperate Housewives" is licensed to more than 150 territories worldwide.
7 August 2005 - ABC Casting Call
Source : ABC
In order for the ABC Television Network to launch it’s brand new season of
reality shows they will be needing real desperate housewives.
Casting Directors are now conducting nationwide searches for fun, dynamic
families to star on the highly anticipated second season of “Wife Swap,” and
have a special interest in finding mothers that can relate to the characters
Bree Van De Kamp and Susan Mayer.
Potential families can live anywhere in the United States, but we ask that
families who apply consist of two parents that have at least one child, ages
5 or older living at home, (we are looking for a version of Susan that is
married/living with a boyfriend). Participants on the show receive a
$20,000 dollar honorarium. People who refer families that make it on air
receive a $500 referral fee.
A desperate housewife headed your way? Cross the street.
In the case of the Golden Globes, the escape route leads to Monday night, where the awards show will air next January for the first time in its modern broadcast network history. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the announcement Thursday.
The move came at the urging of NBC, home to the Globes since 1996. Last winter, in the show's traditional Sunday slot, but opposite ABC breakout hit Desperate Housewives, ratings for the telecast plunged more than 35 percent from 2004.
"It's a cultural phenomenon that we're facing," NBC spokesman Bob Meyer said.
A Nielsen phenomenon, too. Going up against the Globes in January, Housewives didn't bat an eye. While an average of 16.8 million were watching series star Teri Hatcher win a spherical-shaped trophy over on NBC, a whopping 24.1 million were watching her emote over on ABC.
The Globes' planetary shift to Monday night will be tried for at least a year, NBC said. Airing on Jan. 16, 2006, the federal holiday marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the leading pre-Oscars award distribution effort not only will be clear of Desperate Housewives, but also of ABC's Monday Night Football, which will have wrapped by the end of December. It is, however, likely to face CBS' comedy block, and, more daunting, could face Fox's American Idol.
Fox said it didn't have a premiere date yet for the fifth-season launch of its own resident cultural phenomenon. Last season, Idol bowed in mid-January. On Monday night.
Finding a safe airdate, however, is not the sole concern of NBC and the Globes. The 2004-05 season was brutal on almost every major awards show, even ones that didn't go up against the women of Wisteria Lane.
Desperate Housewives hadn't even premiered yet when the Emmys, airing on ABC, sunk to record-low ratings, down nearly 20 percent from the previous fall. The Grammys, airing on CBS and opposite Housewives, saw its fan base fall by more than 25 percent. The Miss America Pageant, not an award show, per se, but just as much a TV institution, fell off the runway, skidding to 9.8 million viewers for ABC. Only the Oscars and the American Music Awards, both on ABC, held relatively steady.
Next season, the Grammys will try its luck on Wednesday night, Miss America will strut her stuff on cable in January, and the Oscars, undeterred and unbowed, will bring award season to a close on March 5, a Sunday. There was no word on where the American Music Awards will end up--just that it'll end up somewhere on ABC in November.
Like the Oscars, the Emmys are staying put on Sunday. The 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are set for Sept. 18 on CBS. Fortunately for the show, the rules of network engagement dictate that the competition holds their fire, and their season premieres, for the days following the broadcast.
In short, new episodes of Desperate Housewives don't return until Sept. 25.
3 August 2005 - True confessions
Source : News.com.au
IF there's one good thing about being the desperate housewife who goes about in tracky dacks and sloppy joes, it's that off set, you're anonymous. Well, for a while anyway.
"I'm the one that doesn't get recognised as much," laughs Felicity Huffman, who plays worn-out stay-at-home mum Lynette opposite glammed-up co-stars Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan.
But she's certainly well-known. The stars have reached household name status as the show draws to the end of its first and wildly successful season. Last month Huffman - along with co-stars Hatcher and Cross - was nominated for best actress in a comedy series in this year's Emmy Awards.
Yet the 42-year-old says she still manages to blend into the background in public, which probably has a lot to do with the fact that like her on-screen counterpart, she's the mother of small children - Sofia, 4, and Georgia, 3 - with her movie star husband William H. Macy.
"Maybe (housewives) just see me on the street and go, 'oh, messy cranky person covered in jam - that's just like me'," she says.
In fact, with Hatcher the only other Wisteria Lane resident who is a mother in real life (she has a daughter, Emerson Rose, 7) Huffman is probably the most desperate housewife of them all, having been a stay-at-home mum herself in between acting jobs.
"(William) would leave for three months to do a movie and I'd be home with the kids - it was tough," she says. "When he was doing Sahara I went over for a weekend but you know, he was in Morocco and Spain. It sounds great but you try taking a two and a three-year-old to Morocco and Spain. You just want to shoot yourself in the head."
Huffman admits that the lines can become blurred between her and Lynette.
"Unless you're playing a very defined character, which doesn't happen a whole lot in television, it's a mix of you and the character," she says. "It always blends."
Of course, life is a lot better for Huffman than it used to be now she's on one of the year's highest rating TV shows. "This is a vacation. People bring me cups of tea here. I have a trailer."
And it helps to have a patient husband in Macy.
"He's a fantastic father and he's much better at parenting than I am," she says. "He's really loving. He's not worried about damaging them all the time. He's calm and easy. Getting the kids dressed for school doesn't look like chaos. He's like, 'let's get dressed' and I'm like, 'put your pants on - where are you going?' Not quite like the show but almost."
Either way, fans love Huffman's portrayal of a haggard housewife with four kids under six.
"They tell me how glad they are because (their life is like Lynette's) and the difficulties, the rigours, the horrors of motherhood - they haven't been portrayed before," she says. "You're not allowed to talk about that. If you say how bored you are with giving the kids a bath every night, you immediately have to follow it up with how much you love them and how great they are. I mean, even saying 'the horrors of motherhood', you can feel people going, 'you're not supposed to put those words together'."
The star is also fascinated by the fact that motherhood is "both idolised and marginalised".
"You tell people you're a stayat-home mum and they say, 'that's great' but internally you see their eyes roll back in their head," she says. "I think there's a trend of stay-at-home mums which is great if that's what you want to do, but there's also been a vilification of women who work. And that's not OK.
Motherhood is tough enough without us turning on ourselves."
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