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   27 February 2005 - Kidman and Hatcher dates cost $125,000

Source : Access Hollywood

Nicole Kidman and Teri Hatcher have been crowned Hollywood's most expensive dinner dates after bidding for their company topped $125,000 (€94,000) at a recent charity auction.

Desperate Housewives beauty Hatcher will spend her dinner with an unnamed oil tycoon while Oscar winner Kidman's big spender has insisted on anonymity.

The two actresses auctioned off the dinner dates at the Keep Hope Alive Alzheimer's benefit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

   26 February 2005 - 'Housewives' Say 'Hi, Bob'

Source : Zap2It

Comedy legend Bob Newhart will make his way to Wisteria Lane later this season.

The five-time Emmy nominee is set to make an appearance on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" in April. He films his guest spot next week.

Newhart will play Morty, the estranged boyfriend of Susan Mayer's (Teri Hatcher) mother, Sophie (previously announced guest star Lesley Ann Warren). Susan invites Morty to visit in hopes that he and Sophie will reconcile and her mother won't move in with her.

Newhart's most recent Emmy nomination came last year for a guest-starring arc on NBC's "ER." He also earned three acting nominations for his 1980s series "Newhart" and a writing nod in the early '60s for his eponymous sketch-comedy show. (Oddly enough, he never was nominated for "The Bob Newhart Show" in the 1970s.)

More recently, he's appeared in the feature films "Elf" and "Legally Blonde 2" and the TNT movie "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear."

   24 February 2005 - 'Desperate' Secrets Revealed

Source : Access Hollywood

Access Hollywood's Tony Potts unlocked the Desperate Housewives secrets at the Television Academy's panel discussion. What pop star wanted to guest star on Wisteria Lane? And what are they going to do to shield the finale in secrecy? Tony got the ladies of the hottest neighborhood on TV to answer the questions.

"How tough is it to go in there tonight and not give away little plot points or do you just turn to Mr. Cherry?" asked Tony.

"Fear of severe punishment," said Nicollette Sheridan as she coyly raised one eyebrow to the cameras.

"I like that with the eye. It made me intrigued," said Tony.

"See I don't have Botox. It works, huh," replied Nicollette.

However, the "Desperate Housewives" are taking extreme measures to keep the season finale top secret.

"We are going to film multiple endings because of leaks," revealed Eva Longoria.

But it was the cast and creator Marc Cherry doing the "desperate" leaking to host Leeza Gibbons at the TV Academy event.

"We just shot a montage of a lot of kissing the other day. It was Valentine's Day and I thought, 'Got some on Valentine's Day! Good for me.' It was in front of 60 people but that's OK some people like that," Teri Hatcher told Access.

So despite what we saw on Sunday, maybe it's not over for Teri Hatcher and her plumber, but what about Felicity Huffman? At the Golden Globes, she gave Access Hollywood's Billy Bush a little information about husband William H. Macy.

"Is your husband involved in your contract because if I am correct you are the only housewife we haven't seen in her bar and panties?" inquired Billy.

"That's true. Bill is involved," replied Felicity.

"She can show up in her bra and panties after I do," joked William.

Felicity's revealing scene could be sooner than you think as Eva let the cat out of the bag.

"She's going to be in panties and bra soon," said Eva.

Meanwhile Marcia Cross is nothing like her maniacally perfect "Desperate" character Bree. However, host Leeza told the audience that Marcia was trained as a clinical psychologist.

"If you had Bree as a client, what would you tell her?" Leeza asked Marcia.

"Get it on with your husband, baby!" replied Marcia.

Though Marcia is perfect as Bree, one of her fellow cast mates read for the role.

"I was asked to come in and read for Bree and I thought she was a very interesting, complex, highly neurotic character and I knew the show was going to be a hit so I thought, 'God, seven years of playing her. Oy!'" revealed Nicollette Sheridan. "I was like, 'OK, I come in the good mother of two kids -- the good housewife -- and I leave the slut!'"

In other "Desperate" news, Britney Spears was reportedly interested in dropping in at Wisteria Lane but here are no plans to cast Mrs. Federline just yet.

   23 February 2005 - Oprah Helps 'Housewives' Star Live Baseball Dream

Source : Zap2It

The World Champion Boston Red Sox -- it still sounds odd to say that -- got a little dose of "Desperate Housewives" magic on Saturday when James Denton took batting practice with the team. Denton's taste of the major leagues, described as his "wildest dream," was made possible by that notorious dreammaker and "Desperate Housewives" fan Oprah Winfrey. On an earlier taping of Winfrey's show, the all-powerful host asked Denton what his dream was and the "Threat Matrix" star said he'd love to "take batting practice with a major-league team." With Denton in Fort Meyers, Florida on Saturday, Winfrey and the city's mayor, Jim Humphrey, helped set up the surprise visit to the formerly cursed Sox camp.

Oprah's "Wildest Dreams" bus picked Denton up and took in to the spring training facilities, where he was given a Sox uniform with his name and the number "05" on the back. He did drills with several Red Sox players and did batting practice with Ron Jackson, the team's hitting coach.

"I had a great time," Denton gushes. "Ron Jackson and the Red Sox took great care of me. I want to thank Bronson Arroyo and Jason Varitek for taking time out of their schedule to make me feel welcome. Both of them seem like great guys. Jason even gave me one of his batting gloves." Naturally, Oprah's cameras were following Denton the entire time and his episode will air in May.

   23 February 2005 - Nicolette's Muffin Jibe

Source : Sky Showbiz

Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan has admitted that she had to disguise her British accent to avoid being bullied.

The 41-year-old British-born actress has revealed that she was called 'Little English Muffin' at school and so was quick to take up an American twang - but this accent also has its problems.

"I came over when I was 10 years old, which was very difficult because everybody made fun of me," IMDB.com reports her as saying.

"You had the little English accent, you get up and read out loud in class and everybody was laughing and they used to call me 'Little English Muffin'."

But she went on to add how her nifty, quick-witted reply made her feel better:

"So I had a fabulous, intelligent retort. It was, 'Oh yeah? You American Cheese'.

"I had to practice a lot to get this American accent. I used to come home from school in tears from being called this English muffin and I'd go, 'I can't speak English anymore...' It was very difficult."

However, the blonde actress added that she now gets teased by her British friends:

"I go home they're like, 'Oh, you bloody Yank!' And here (in the US) they're like, 'What are you? Are you from New York?'"

   23 February 2005 - Warren Wanders Down Wisteria Lane

Source : Zap2It

Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Lesley Ann Warren is set to make a visit to Wisteria Lane, guest starring on ABC's freshman hit "Desperate Housewives." Although still only listed as an "upcoming" episode, Warren will appear in the hour titled "Children Will Listen," playing the mother of Teri Hatcher's Susan. Warren's Sophie Bremmer shows up at Susan's doorstep after a disagreement with her current boyfriend.

Warren got her television big break at the age of 19, taking the title role in the CBS musical adaptation of "Cinderella." The actress did a run as Dana Lambert on "Mission: Impossible" and appeared in a number of high profile television projects including "Pearl" and "Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue," for which she won her Golden Globe. In the 1980s, she picked up her Academy Award nod for "Victor/Victoria," but also earned critical kudos for her work in "Choose Me."

A regular television guest star in recent years, Warren has done stints on ABC's "The Practice" and "Less than Perfect," as well as multiple episodes of NBC's "Will & Grace."

   23 February 2005 - Putting Family First

Source : Entertainment Weekly

Even with the show's first gay kiss, tonight's Desperate Housewives celebrated surprisingly conservative family values. We got to see Bree protecting her daughter's virginity, Gabrielle standing by her man, Lynette winning her kids more quality time with their dad, and poor Susan breaking up with her true love to protect herself and her daughter. Sure, the women's actions weren't always admirable — but what's a little lying, scheming, and threatening if it helps protect the people within your four suburban walls?

The opening montage of the Van de Kamp residence established the episode's tone, with photos of family, Jesus, and, yes, Ronald Reagan, on display. Yet even a Mondale supporter would be hard-pressed not to admire Bree's swift response after finding out her daughter had no plans to run for a second term as president of her school's abstinence club. ''My daughter is considering giving you her virginity,'' an icily efficient Bree (Marcia Cross) told the object of her daughter's affections, ''and I would consider it a personal favor if you didn't take it.'' It's amazing the way the brilliant Cross can take a line that should sound like a plea and turn it into the most pleasant and thinly veiled of threats. Was there any possibility that John wouldn't follow Bree's ''suggestion'' to break Danielle's heart — brutally? In Bree's mind, it might take Danielle years to heal the emotional scars of John's harsh rejection, but pregnancy (and subsequently, motherhood) lasts a heckuva lot longer.

Speaking of which, am I the only one who suspects Gabrielle might have a bun of her own in the oven now that Carlos has tampered with her birth-control pills? She sure seemed to be getting into nesting mode when she suggested to Carlos that they sell their house and move into an apartment to help ease their financial woes. (Then again, as selfish as she usually is, maybe Gabrielle is just angling to move to John's housing complex — which has seen almost as much action lately as Wisteria Lane.)

Yes it's true that Gabrielle may never win Wife of the Year, but I sure was glad to see her reject the advances of John's roommate, Justin, without a moment's hesitation; Mrs. Solis may cheat on her husband with the underage gardener, but not just any underage gardener.

And, thankfully, Justin's efforts to blackmail Gabrielle were only a last-ditch effort to help him figure out his sexual orientation (otherwise, his relentless come-ons would've been extra amounts of creepy). As it was, the whole scenario allowed the writers to create a new litmus test for male sexuality: You enjoy making out with Eva Longoria, you're straight; it does nada for you, you're gay.

Would that all of life's tough questions had such deliciously easy answers.

Poor Susan (Teri Hatcher), on the other hand, struggled for any kind of answer while telling Mike she didn't want him anywhere near her heart. Even though Susan had just gotten word that Mike had done jail time for drug trafficking and manslaughter, she still needed the full protection of her gorgeous, calf-length cardigan to keep him at bay emotionally. Playing the once-burned woman fighting hard not to fall in love again, Hatcher gets so much even out of throwaway lines like ''I'm adorable crazy, he's rampage crazy'' that sometimes I almost believe she deserved that Golden Globe she stole from Cross.

The writers, however, provided few award-worthy zingers in this episode, which — while infinitely more entertaining than the average Sunday-night entertainment — lacked classic moments such as Lynette's standoff with Angry Neighbor Lady or the time when Bree declared jihad on Rex while he was lying in a hospital bed. And while I'm offering helpful hints to the Housewives staff, how about just one week where Susan doesn't have a pratfall? Her tumble into the yard as the police closed in on Mike was both implausible and unfunny — Susan (not to mention Hatcher) deserves better. It'd also be nice to see the ladies pair up and leave the cul-de-sac. Why not take a cue from Sex and the City and let Susan and Bree go for a manicure? Or Lynette and Gabrielle hit the mall?

But even this week's non-rewind-worthy episode did set up some splendid opportunities to unmask hidden agendas and expose lies in future episodes. Was that Mike Delfino file for real or just a fabrication by the police investigator who's in cahoots with Mike's creepy, mysterious, terminally ill boss? Is Zach planning to use that gun he was telling Julie about? Will the neighborhood find out that Andrew is Justin's down-low canoodling partner? And, as a result, can we expect Bree to pay a second visit to Casa John and Justin?

I just hope that if Andrew does turn out to be gay, Bree can accept his decision. While it seems like a woman with such meticulous tastes in food, home decor, and gardening would have at least one or two gay pals, you never know; like it or not, Wisteria Lane residents can be a tad hypocritical. Susan herself committed a felony when she burned down Edie's house and fled the scene. Why does she get to feel morally superior to Mike when he at least did the time for his crime? And Andrew has never been punished for putting Carlos' mother in the ICU. How come Bree was so eager to call 911 when Mrs. Huber's jewelry was found in Mike's drawer?

These are the questions I'll be mulling during dull Academy Award speeches next Sunday. (Those Oscars are pre-empting Desperate Housewives — argh!) Here are some more to ponder until then: What in the world was that orchid-belt-over-the-cleavage thingie Gabrielle was wearing at Justin's apartment? Does Danielle, who doesn't dive in at pool parties on account of her intense hairstyle, represent a future generation of desperate housewife? And most important, whatever happened to Edie?

   23 February 2005 - Actress Strong Plays Dead

Source : ABC

Brenda Strong, who plays the deceased Mary Alice Young on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," has a long history of playing dead.

"I must have Haley Joel Osment as my agent, because he only sees dead parts," joked Strong, referring to the actor whose character in "The Sixth Sense" is able to see the dead.

In "Desperate Housewives," Strong's character has shot herself to death but she still watches over the women of the upscale suburb and narrates their activities.

According to TV Guide's Feb. 20 issue, Strong was in several movies and nearly 100 TV appearances before "Desperate Housewives." They included roles playing a dominatrix killed by a machine gun and a character cut in half by the door of a spaceship.

In the show "Everwood," her character's death prompted her grieving family to move to rural Colorado to rebuild their lives.

But she isn't complaining about her dead-but-not-gone "Desperate Housewives" character.

"In a weird way, I have the most job security of anyone on the show," she says. "They can't kill me, my husband can't divorce me, and they definitely can't move me out of the neighborhood, so I'm here for good!"

   20 February 2005 - Stars, creator of 'Wives' are in no hurry to stop the insanity

Source : JS Online

Eva Longoria remembers the day she realized what she'd gotten herself into. 'Desperate Housewives'

It was in October, less than two weeks after "Desperate Housewives" debuted. Along with the other stars, Longoria - who plays the lithe, lusty and just a little bit lowdown Gabrielle Solis - was waiting to appear on "Oprah."

The people who attend tapings don't know who'll be on Winfrey's show until a studio announcer tells them. But that day, Longoria said, the announcer was interrupted.

"When he said, 'We have the cast of "Des-," ' the audience went insane," she recalled. "He didn't complete 'Desperate Housewives.' He said, 'We have the cast of "Des-," ' and they just went crazy."

At the time, Longoria was so overwhelmed she cried. Since then, she and her cast mates have been laughing all the way to Nielsen nirvana.

And the Golden Globes.

And, yes, the bank.

At a question-and-answer sessions with critics last month, Marc Cherry, the show's creator, claimed with a straight face that his mother - whom he credits with inspiring the hourlong comedy-drama - was holding him up for a percentage of the profits.

"When the lawyers start calling, she goes into a home," he cracked.

Along with another freshman series, the dark and gripping "Lost," "Desperate Housewives" has rescued ABC from a serious ratings slump.

As the first hourlong show since "Ally McBeal" to win the Golden Globe for best comedy, it has also helped bridge the often arbitrary division between 30-minute sitcoms and 60-minute dramas.

Defying easy categorization, the series delivers the one-thing-after-another zing of nighttime soaps from "Peyton Place" to "Melrose Place" with a satirical wink and a sizable dollop of farce.

Suicide, murder, sexual shenanigans, suburban ennui, keeping up with the Joneses and getting down with the girls all keep more than 20 million viewers tuning in each week.

The series also disproves the conventional wisdom that men won't watch a show whose cast is dominated by women unless those women are under 30.

Longoria will reach the big three-O next month, but Teri Hatcher, who plays heroine Susan Mayer, is 40, while co-stars Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross are both 42.

Hatcher, the only member of the cast to take home an individual Golden Globe last month, likes to say that she was a has-been in the seven years between "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and "Housewives."

When you've been the perky Lois Lane for four years and a Bond girl in the 1997 "Tomorrow Never Dies," Hatcher told critics, people have trouble seeing you as a grown-up.

What she called "this sex-appeal thing" was "an image of me that was fairly inaccurate but was pretty solid."

"So getting the opportunity to play something that feels much closer to me, much more vulnerable and, you know, just more me was really great."

Not that Susan is without sex appeal. In last week's episode, for a date with the show's resident hunk, Mike Delfino (James Denton), she looked amazing in a silvery little slip of a thing that, had it been made of aluminum foil, wouldn't have covered a Thanksgiving turkey.

Cross spent four years as Dr. Kimberly Shaw, one of the nuttier characters in the feverish "Melrose Place." Her "Housewives" alter ego, Bree Van De Kamp, is saner, though her mirthless smile and determination to out-Martha Martha Stewart can be a little scary.

"Melrose Place," in Cross' opinion, "was like pop art, but this is much more complicated and rich and interesting."

Her two-time cast mate, Doug Savant - Matt Fielding on "Melrose" and Tom Scavo on "Housewives" - agreed.

The older show "found a huge audience and people enjoyed the camp. I'm not sure that (the 'Melrose' creators) knew that that's what they were doing. We up here do. So we have a great time."

Huffman, who starred in the critically praised but low-rated "Sports Night" in 1998-2000, plays Tom's wife, Lynette, a driven woman whose four children are driving her bonkers. She's been gratified to hear that so many women identify with Lynette's frankness about the less lovely aspects of motherhood.

"I don't think a character with that voice existed - not only on TV or film, but I don't know that it had a voice in the zeitgeist, either," said Huffman, the mother of two girls under 5.

The show's popularity is such that even an actress who has been seen only briefly gets recognized by strangers.

Brenda Strong appears in occasional flashbacks but is more often an invisible presence as the late Mary Alice Young, who narrates each episode and whose suicide is one of the series' tantalizing mysteries.

"If I go to Starbucks or Coffee Bean or something like that, I'll be in line and I'll order my drink and all of a sudden heads start turning and I can hear whispering," Strong said. "It's starting to be more frequent now."

The show's most important voice, of course, is that of creator Cherry, who was spurred to write about suburban wives by his mother's stories and who continues to be intrigued by women.

Cherry, whose previous writing credits include the durable "Golden Girls" and several sitcom flops, elaborated: "I get guys. We're simple. We just want to eat and have sex. Women are much more complicated creatures.

"And also, dealing with actresses, sometimes when we sit and look at the script, what they see there stuns and surprises me. And I'm always so thrilled, because I learn from it."

There have been other lessons, too. One is that an hourlong series burns up plots at an alarming rate.

To juice up an episode during the important November sweeps period, Cherry killed off Martha Huber (Christine Estabrook), something he'd planned to do much later in the season.

Macho Mike and sexy Susan getting together? Ditto.

"This machine keeps eating up what little creativity I have," he said ruefully.

He'd better keep writing.

   20 February 2005 - 'Desperate' sex secret

Source : New York Daily News

They're getting their kink on over on Wisteria Lane.

In last week's "Desperate Housewives" the button-down Rex Van De Kamp (Steven Culp) finally revealed his deep, dark secret to his psychotically repressed wife, Bree (Marcia Cross).

He likes to be dominated.

The decision to indulge in a little S&M on network television was a collaborative effort by Culp, the show's writers and series creator Marc Cherry.

"Marc asked me to come up with a secret," Culp told the Daily News.

"We immediately nixed gay," he said, "because we just thought it was too done and too obvious."

That said, speculation that a character will "come out" persists.

"I don't know who that would be," Culp said cryptically.

By the conclusion of last week's episode, Bree was showing signs of acquiescing to Rex's unusual request. America has embraced the topsy-turvy world of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," making it the one of TV's top-rated shows and catapulting its female stars into the Hollywood stratosphere.

"I don't think anybody really expected it to be this big phenomenon," said Culp. "I've done a lot of work that I've been pleased with, but I've never been in [a show] that has been watched by so many people."

The attention has not been nearly as intense for the men on the show. Indeed, Culp can sit in a crowded upper West Side diner unnoticed.

"The attention is going to be on them, which is the way it should be," he said. "It's not called 'Desperate Husbands.'

"But now it's starting to filter down to the rest of us," he said, "and it's kind of fun."

Culp has played a series of strong, domineering men during his career. He has been Bobby Kennedy twice - in "Norma Jean and Marilyn" and "13 Days." And he has played the Speaker of the House of Representatives on "The West Wing."

Meanwhile, the plot twist with Culp's Rex is in keep with the nefarious messiness lurking beneath the impeccably manicured lawns of Wisteria Lane.

"A lot of what we do on the show is about the disconnect between what people say they believe and what people say they stand for and what they actually do," said Culp. "That's part of the comedy. I think Rex and Bree see themselves as really moral upstanding people over all."

   20 February 2005 - 'Housewives' star born in Bognor Regis

Source : Digital Spy

Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan (Edie Britt) was born in Bognor Regis, according to The Sun today.

Nicolette moved to the US at the age of five, when her mother decided to try and boost her career. She returned to the UK during school holidays, to spend time with her grandparents.

The newspaper reveals how Nicolette had dreams of being an actress at an early age.

Childhood friend David Allen told the newspaper, "Nicolette used to talk even as a child about being an actress. You could tell she was hungry for success. She wanted roles and the auditions.

"Drivers often slowed down and honked their horns when they saw a teenage Nicolette walking down the street in Bognor.

"Even as a very young girl she was confident in front of strangers and would pose for the camera."

Nicolette returned to the UK at the age of 17, and spent a year at Millfield boarding school.

Rebecca Walker-Jones, her room-mate at the time, explained, "She started modelling in the holidays and got her big break when she got on the front cover of a fashion magazine.

"We all realised she wasn't going to bother to finish A-Levels. Nicolette wasn't really an achiever at school - but she was so gorgeous that she really didn't need to be.

   19 February 2005 - Lesley Ann Warren is a Desperate Housewife

Sources : Coming Soon - Variety

Lesley Ann Warren (Secretary) has been cast as Sophie Bremmer, the high-maintenance mother of Teri Hatcher's Susan Mayer character in ABC's Desperate Housewives. Sophie pops up to seek help with a problem familiar to Susan: boyfriend trouble.

Warren is set for one episode, though parental roles on comedies and comedic dramas tend to be recurring over the life of a series.

The actress will be seen in the upcoming feature 10th & Wolf, alongside Brian Dennehy, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer and Giovanni Ribisi.

   19 February 2005 - Nicollette's Secret Beauty Weapon

Source : ExtraTV

She's the neighborhood knockout who makes pulses race on "Desperate Housewives," and in an exclusive interview after her sexy striptease on Friday's "Ellen DeGeneres Show," we caught up with Nicollette Sheridan for all the "Housewives" dirt -- and a whole lot more.

First off, seeing as there might be a little crack forming between Teri Hatcher's Susan and her beau, will Nicollette's character Edie make another play for Mike the Plumber?

"Edie could just be over Mr. Plumber-man at this point," Nicollette teased. "Edie might need a bigger fish to fry."

A fish like a certain mega-star Nicollette told us she hopes will swoop in and sweep Edie off her feet. "I read in one of those rags that Bruce Willis is dying to play my ex-husband. I'm game with that," Nicollette revealed. "Come on, Mr. Willis."

Edie may be waiting for Bruce, but in real life Nicollette's all about her fiancé Nicklaus Soderblum. They haven't set a wedding date yet, but she did reveal a little about the guest list, laughing that her Wisteria neighbors would get an invite, "If they're lucky. If they behave themselves!"

No doubt Nicollette will be a gorgeous bride, but just how does this 41-year-old beauty stay looking so hot? We begged her to reveal her beauty secrets and she agreed to share her secret weapon to combat aging.

Her secret skin care weapon is NuGlow, a series of products that use copper and copper peptides to rejuvenate the skin and reduce fine lines.

"It's incredible stuff. It really, really works," Nicollette insisted. "You dab it on, dab it all around that bone around your eyes and miraculously it will happen."

She also shared her three makeup musts: "A little mascara for me, a little eyeliner and some lip gloss."

   19 February 2005 - Sheridan sushi row

Source : MegaStar

A very Hollyweird set-to over a plate of sushi bothers the resident tut-tutters at the Daily Mail.

Pan-faced ageing babe Nicollette Sheridan, of over-hyped yawn-fest Desperate Housewives infamy, is reported to have indulged in a hissy fit with a top raw fish chef in a top person's LA restaurant.

Imagine Jade Goody kicking off in a Starburger, add a zillion times more glamour, and you'll get the picture.

Word is that as the likes of fellow celebrity diners such as Charlie's Angels babe Lucy Liu looked on, Nicollette railed against posh tuna-primper Kazunori Nozawa.

The reason? A bit of flounder was "too fishy" - as fish tends to be. Cue screaming and slagging and general hoohah.

"Desperate Fishwife," goes the Mail's spot-on headline. The paper then goes to say that Nicollette was born in Bognor Regis.

So that explains it.

   19 February 2005 - Teri Hatcher's 'Desperate' Mother

Source : Access Hollywood

We'll get an idea why Susan is the way she is in an upcoming episode of "Desperate Housewives."

Susan's mom is coming for a visit. She'll be played by Lesley Ann Warren.

She'll visit Susan to ask her advice about a boyfriend she's having trouble with. Susan herself is having trouble with her boyfriend Mike.

   18 February 2005 - Desperate fishwife

Source : This is London

Not much is expected of your intellect when you are a busty blonde actress.

But sending back a plate of sushi because it is 'too fishy' probably marks a low point even for the Barbie dolls of Hollywood.

British actress Nicollette Sheridan - better known to Desperate Housewives viewers as man- eater Edie

Britt - has been banned for life from one of the most exclusive sushi parlours in Los Angeles after getting into a flap over a portion of flounder.

Other diners, including fellow cast member Marcia Cross and Charlie's Angel's star Lucy Liu, witnessed a furious slanging match between Miss Sheridan, 41, and chef Kazunori Nozawa, who is renowned for his raw fish creations.

'I brought her some delicious flounder and she tried to send it back,' Nozawa revealed. 'She said she didn't like it and it was too fishy.

'I explained that if she didn't like it then she didn't have to eat it.

'She began screaming at me, telling me how awful I was. I told her, "No, I am angry with you! You need to get out now and never come back."

'TV star or not, I never want to see her again.'

Miss Sheridan - who was born in Bognor Regis - is undoubtedly used to being spoiled now that she is the star of the hit TV series, shown here on Channel 4. But in Nozawa she chose a host notorious for his lack of tolerance for diva diners.

A regular at his restaurant said: 'Everyone who eats at Sushi Nozawa knows the rules.

'You eat what chef brings you. If you don't like it, you certainly don't complain and try to send it back. You order something else.'

Another guest gave his viewof events saying: 'Nicollette screamed that he couldn't treat people like that and called him a "weird old man".

'Then Nozawa screamed at her, "You're nasty nasty lady star. That's it. Get out. You are banned for life. No sushi for you!".'

But, as with any Hollywood spat, a somewhat different version of events was given by the star's publicist.

'Nicollette was hungry for sushi and asked Marcia Cross to join her,' said spokesman Nicole Perna.

'Marcia had already eaten but said she would keep Nicollette company.'

'When the chef realised Marcia was not eating he told her she had to give up her seat. Nicollette offered to pay the price of a meal so her friend could stay with her. But the chef said No.

'He said if Marcia didn't eat, they had to leave. Nicollette told him that was ridiculous.

'She told him he can't treat people that way and then Nicollette and Marcia went somewhere else.

'Nicollette never even got her food and she told him she'd never come back.'

   18 February 2005 - Desperate Housewives: The Spin-off

Source : Tv Guide

Ever since Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry revealed that the twinkle in his eye is, in fact, a spin-off of the soap that has viewers in a lather, TV Guide Online has been focused on predicting its sister sudser's scenario. With some of our propositions, the network could probably clean up. And others? OK, we admit it — they just don't wash. Read on, then vote for the plot you're "desperate" to watch.

Desperate Housewives 2: Bree Van De Camp Living... Better: Anyone on Wisteria Lane will tell you that no one throws a nicer dinner party or bags a more fragrant potpourri than Bree (Marcia Cross). At last tired of whipping submissive spouse Rex (Steven Culp), she decides to dominate something more challenging — Martha Stewart's turf. Going Hollywood, the artful and crafty multi-tasker terrorizes producers into picking up her series, then further establishes herself as a force to be reckoned with by putting out her own magazine. After all, she reasons, if there's one thing she's got plenty of, it's issues.

Desperate Housewives 2: Back in Business: Fed up with her out-of-town husband and out-of-control brood, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) runs away. Not far, though, just back to the boardroom, the safe haven where her opinion last held some sway. If only it were the high-stress utopia she remembered: Since she got out of the rat race, all manner of vermin have clawed their way to the top, meaning that before our heroine is allowed to make another executive decision, she'll have to win the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse.

Desperate Housewives 2: Angst-Ridden Coeds: Since his May-October affair with Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) is as dead as fragile foliage left outside all winter, buff bush-wacker John (Jesse Metcalfe) grants his parents' fondest wish by agreeing to go away to college. But the folks quickly come to regret their decision to ship Junior off to greener pastures when the frosh meat, now faced with countless nubile buds to, um, pluck, gets hailed by Sorority Row as the campus's biggest man.

Desperate Housewives 2: America's Last Top Model: Once Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) discovers what blossomed between his missus and his gardener, he tosses Gabrielle out on her pert butt, inadvertently reminding her that she prefers to land on her feet. So, dusting off her portfolio (and erasing those recent department-store and boat-show appearances from her résumé), the ex-covergirl heads back to Manhattan, where she is forced to face facts: As a non-adolescent, she's virtually unemployable as a model. Of course, after a closed-door session with the head of a management firm, she struts away with an even cushier new gig — agent!

Desperate Housewives 2: Angels with Dirty Faces: As the body count continues to rise on Wisteria Lane, the neighborhood reconvenes in the hereafter, leading to an awkward reunion between ill-fated homemaker Mary Alice (Brenda Strong); her tormentor, busybody Mrs. Huber (Christine Estabrook); and the individual whose skeleton was in the Youngs' closet (well, technically, their pool). The best thing about this surreal-afterlife spin, though, is that, as the enemies compete over everything from cloud-sculpting to harp-playing, Mary Alice finds herself too busy to keep doing those annoying voice-overs!

   17 February 2005 - CROSS' CONCERNS OVER BREE PART

Source : Contact Music

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star MARCIA CROSS believed she was "jumping off a cliff" when she accepted the part of BREE VAN DE KAMP in the hit TV show.

The 42-year-old actress was concerned the obsessive-compulsive character in the hit American drama was too different from her own disorganised personality for her to give a convincing performance.

Cross says, "When I took this part, I felt I was jumping off a cliff because the character was so different from me.

"But since the show started I've had so many people come up to me and say, 'I was looking at cushions just like those', or 'I've bought a food basket just like yours', and I'm thinking, 'Uh... you would?'

"I love that people are loving the show, but judging by the reactions of people who meet me, I don't think there's any danger of confusing the real me with the character.

"I'm not obsessive-compulsive and I'm not even particularly neat - in fact, I'm quite messy.

"And cooking? If you saw me in the local grocery cart filled with pre-cooked food to heat up at home, you'd know I'm not Bree."

   16 February 2005 - Eva grateful for Desperate Housewives role

Source : Ananova

Eva Longoria has slammed reports that she was spotted in Starbucks.

The Desperate Housewives actress said: "It's so funny, people think I was spotted in Starbucks and now I'm a star. But I've been acting for seven years so it's not like I haven't worked."

The actress says she hates people thinking she is an overnight success having spent the past seven years auditioning for roles reports Contactmusic.com.

She added: "This is my first hugely successful show and I'm very grateful - I'm enjoying the ride. Whenever someone on set says they're tired, I'm like, 'Sock it up.' It's really fun."


Source : Contact Music

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star FELICITY HUFFMAN finds her character LYNETTE SCAVO is the housewife real women relate to the most.

Blonde Huffman is amazed by the response that Lynette has had, compared to her co-stars TERI HATCHER (SUSAN MAYER), MARCIA CROSS (BREE VAN DE KAMP) and EVA LONGORIA (GABRIELLE SOLIS).

Huffman says, "I do have lots of mothers coming up saying, 'Your character is the one. I love them all, but your character speaks to me.'"

The actress admits series creator MARC CHERRY knew Lynette would be a character people would relate to easily before the show even hit TV screens.

Huffman adds, "She's dealing with issues that almost everyone deal with, you know, marriage and motherhood.

"Everyone else (in the show) is a little more specialised. But I think we're all relatable."

   15 February 2005 - Eva's real-life handyman

Source : The Sun

DESPERATE Housewives star Eva Longoria has a hunky handyman - but he doesn't have a clue who she is.

The sexy actress, who plays cheating Gabrielle Solis in the hit C4 series, admits her real-life pool boy is just as sexy as the one her character is enjoying an affair with on the show.

She says: "I actually have a really hot pool guy but he doesn't speak English. He doesn't know who I am.

"My gardener doesn't know who I am. I'm like, 'Can you please clean the trash bins?' and they're like, 'Who is this little woman who keeps telling us what to do.'"

Beautiful Eva was stunned when she first came across her cute pool boy.

She continued: "I was doing a photoshoot at my house and the make-up artist goes, 'Is that your pool guy?' and I look out the window - he has his shirt off, he's young.


Source : Contact Music

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star FELICITY HUFFMAN has slammed reports the show's lead actresses don't get on.

Huffman and EVA LONGORIA were relative unknowns when the suburban drama hit TV screens last year (04), while TERI HATCHER, MARCIA CROSS and NICOLETTE SHERIDAN had garnered fans in past television hits LOIS + CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES IN SUPERMAN, MELROSE PLACE and KNOTS LANDING respectively.

Huffman explains, "The minute you put five women or any other number of women together, I think people think of cat fights and divas and that kind of stuff.

"Teri's had a lot of success and Marcia was on that incredible show, so maybe people think there would be jockeying for position."

But Huffman, 42, insists the actresses' middle-ages has helped.

She says, "The good side of being older and having been around the block once or twice is you know that doesn't fly, and it doesn't have longevity.

"That's the way to kill the show and kill your enjoyment of it. Everyone has a vested interest in getting along."

   15 February 2005 - "Housewives" Takes Down Grammys

Source : E Online

For truth in advertising purposes, it may be about time Desperate Housewives is retitled The Awards Show Killers.

ABC's satiric soap took a bite Sunday out of CBS' Grammys telecast, the third major awards show this season to apparently fall victim to the women of Wisteria Lane.

A Valentine's Day-themed Housewives was the most watched show of the night, seducing 22.1 million viewers, per preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

The Grammys, by comparison, drew 19.2 million in the 9-10 p.m. hour opposite Housewives.

As ABC helpfully pointed out in its morning ratings release, Housewives is the first entertainment program in a decade to outdo the Grammys on the night of the show's telecast.

Overall, the 47th Annual Grammy Awards averaged an estimated 18.8 million viewers from 8-11:30 p.m. In the heat of the February sweeps, the performance led CBS to a key nightly win over second-place ABC.

Still, the Desperate Housewives effect was evident. Viewership for Sunday's Grammys was down nearly 30 percent from last year. That drop also can be attributed to lack of a built-in controversy, à la the Janet Jackson Super Bowl fallout, that stoked last year's Grammy numbers.

But something definitely seems to be up with Housewives. Last year, with Teri Hatcher still a has-been, the Golden Globes, for instance, was watched by 26.8 million. This year, with Teri Hatcher winning a Globe on NBC and starring in Housewives on ABC, the award show was off by 10 million viewers.

The People's Choice Awards experienced a similar fall. Going up against Housewives in its first hour last month, the star-driven show stalled, with viewership down nearly 30 percent from 2004.

The next big awards show is the Academy Awards, set for Feb. 27 on ABC. Fortunately for producers of that telecast, Desperate Housewives plays for the home team.

All the news, meanwhile, is not bleak for Grammy organizers.

While TV ratings sank to their lowest level since 1997, the show itself got decent notices, including an on-air endorsement by U2's Bono, who declared it the "best Grammys I've ever seen."

"There's something to be said for a three-and-a-half hour awards show that seems like only three," Paul Brownfield wrote in the Los Angeles Times.

Brownfield lauded the show's "classier feel," and its intergenerational pairings, including Usher and James Brown, and Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone.

Etheridge's bold bald-is-beautiful statement--she's undergoing treatment for breast cancer--was noted almost universally as a high point of the telecast. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's duet was not.

Variety's David Sprague called it "mortifyingly soap-operalike." Reuters' Sue Zeidler charitably wrote off the married couple's love song as "melodramatic."


Source : Contact Music

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star EVA LONGORIA is using her new-found fame to help a Los Angeles cancer charity.

The sexy actress has signed up as a spokeswoman for PADRES CONTRA EL CANCER (DADS AGAINST CANCER) and she's thrilling officials by making secret trips to Los Angeles hospitals to visit the sick.

Charity boss MICHAEL VELAZQUEZ says, "She has already made several visits to the hospital to get to know the kids and has pledged her commitment to help us bring awareness to the needs of these children and their families."

   14 February 2005 - Desperate Housewives hunk makes visit to home state

Source : WTNH

He is one of this years hottest stars. You know him as John, the sexy gardener on ABC's hit show Desperate Housewives.

Sonia: We hope you brought security with you because there are about 350 women out there who are just crazy about you. You actually brought your parents.

Jesse: Yeah, I brought my own security, my stepfather, Scott.

S: Is this all just overwhelming to you, the success?

J: Well, you know is all kind of settling down now, so not so much anymore but at first it was very overwhelming.

S: What does your family think of all of this? Is it overwhelming to them or... you've done this for a while. You have been in the acting field.

J: Yeah, I have been acting for almost 6 years now, so I have been pretty used to everything. It is still a weird for them, you know, people come up to them and say 'are you Jesse Metcalfe's mom?' or 'are you Jesse Metcalfe's dad?' so you know, they are kind of town celebrities in their own right, you know.

S: You play a gardener on Desperate Housewives. Have you ever done that as a summer type jobs growing up?

J: People ask me this all the time. My stepfather actually owned a landscaping business, Dawley's Landscape & Lawn Care, for all your gardening issue.

S: I have to ask you about the love scenes, knowing that your parents are watching the episodes.

J: I am pretty comfortable with love scenes at this point. I have been doing this type of this for a long time and it almost seems like my acting M.O. would be like making out on screen, as ridiculous as that sounds. I totally fine with it. I don't worry about my parents, but I guess my grandmother, she kind of has a problem with the scenes but...

S: You lucked out though, Eva Longoria. You can't complain here.

J: I totally lucked out. Are you kidding me?

S: So I hear you like married women.

J: Well you heard wrong.

S: Should we ask you about the girlfriend thing?

J: I don't have a girlfriend, so I don't really have any Valentine's Day plans.

S: For all the women out there, what is your type? What do you look for?

J: I don't really have a type, physically. I look for a girl that is smart, has to be independent, has to have her own thing going on. I don't want some girl just clinging on my life.

S: Speaking of life, you spent most of yours here in Connecticut.

J: I was born in California, and I moved here when I was 2 1/2 or 3. We were up in Waterford and now my parents live in Uncasville.

S: What is it like, this trip back to Connecticut?

J: That is why I am here. I decided to come out and do this meet and greet with the fans out here in Connecticut. It's an opportunity to come back home and see my parents give a little bit back to the state that I grew up in. So it is cool to be here.

   13 February 2005 - EVA'S REAL-LIFE HOT HANDYMEN

Source : Contact Music

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star EVA LONGORIA has a hunky pool boy - but he doesn't have a clue who she is.

The sexy actress, who plays cheating GABRIELLE SOLIS in the hit series, admits her real-life handyman is just as sexy as the one her character is enjoying an affair with on the show.

She says, "I actually have a really hot pool guy (but) he doesn't speak English. He doesn't know who I am.

"My gardener doesn't know who I am. I'm like, 'Can you please clean the trash bins?' and they're like, 'Who is this little woman who keeps telling us what to do.'"

But Longoria was stunned when she first came across her cute pool boy: "I was doing a photoshoot at my house and the make-up artist goes, 'Is that your pool guy?' and I look out the window - he has his shirt off, he's young.

"I go out there and said, 'Hi,' and he just didn't speak English."


Source : Contact Music

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star JAMES DENTON has to work so hard to maintain his muscular physique, he wishes he'd landed the role of MIKE DELFINO when he was 10-years younger.

The 42-year-old feared his chances of playing a sex symbol had evaporated when he turned 40, and he's still shocked he's made the transition from bad guy to heart-throb so late in his career.

However, all his hard work in the gym has paid off - because he's becoming the new GEORGE CLOONEY.

Denton says, "I thought my window of hunkiness had closed and I never imagined I'd be playing that kind of character at my age - but I'm certainly enjoying it.

"The role presents a number of different challenges for a guy my age and I'm under a lot of pressure to look good. I immediately went to the gym and worked my guts out. I'm always questioning why I didn't get a role like this in my 30s. It's such hard work now.

"I've made my career playing bad guys, so this is quite different for me. Of course, I'm flattered to be compared to George Clooney - it's a massive compliment."

   13 February 2005 - 'Desperate' controversy blown out of proportion

Source : Deseret News

As we bid a fond farewell to the latest NFL season, let's think back for a moment on the biggest non-story of the season.

Can you believe that the Nicollette Sheridan-Terrell Owens "Monday Night Football" opening got as much attention as it did? That it engendered as much hypocrisy as it did — from the protests to the apologies — is less surprising, unfortunately. And would anyone have cared had it been Sheridan and John Madden, as originally planned?

"Desperate Housewives" creator/executive producer Marc Cherry was asked to do the bit as a favor to ABC Sports. A number of ideas were batted around, and Cherry came up with a parody of his own soap-opera parody, with Sheridan faux seducing Madden. Then fellow "Housewives" Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman "would go, 'I'm so sick of these soap operas. Are you ready for some football?' " As originally written, there was no Owens, no dropping of the towel and no leaping into his arms — bits that were added at the shoot, apparently by ABC Sports staffers. Cherry strongly denied that the whole thing was designed to cause a media sensation. "Some people in the media ascribed motives, like, 'Oh, we knew what we were doing. We knew we were going to create controversy.' No, we were just that stupid," he said.

And he seemed not only taken aback by the whole thing but genuinely apologetic. "I didn't want to upset people. I didn't really realize 'Monday Night Football' was such a family viewing experience," Cherry said. "I wouldn't let my 5-year-old watch beer commercials and big-breasted cheerleaders every Monday, but that's me." Well, he's got a point.

"I thought it was a whole lot of nothing, and I was surprised by the amount of play that it got," ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson said. Sheridan herself said that the incident "taking precedence over the major, underlying problems of the world was completely absurd." They both had points.

Cherry made another one when he pointed out that "every punditry show on cable would talk about how scandalous this thing was and then they would play it again." Sort of like the endless replaying of the video of the Pacers fighting with the Piston fans. Or any one of dozens of bench-clearing baseball brawls. Or hockey fights. If it's bad behavior, it's on the TV highlights.

Which is what made the post-Super Bowl episode of "The Simpsons" so on-the-mark (despite not being one of the funnier installments of the show.) If you missed that one, Homer opens his own Showboating Academy, where he taught various sports figures (including Tom Brady, Michelle Kwan, Yao Ming and LeBron James) how to act in an obnoxious, unsportsmanlike manner so that their antics would be highlighted on cable sports shows. And the appropriately named "Jock Center" (a k a ESPN's "SportsCenter," of course) decried Homer and his students' antics . . . and then proceeded to highlight them.

"I'm the worst thing to happen to sports since Fox!" Homer proclaimed.

Now that's funny.


Source : Contact Music

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star EVA LONGORIA's big movie break has been greeted with trepidation by the TV show's producer, who has warned the actress he'll make her life hell if she quits the sitcom.

The 29-year-old star - who plays frustrated trophy wife GABRIELLE SOLIS in the ABC dark comedy - has landed her first major film role alongside MICHAEL DOUGLAS in SENTIMENTAL, due to be released next year (06).

But producer MARC CHERRY is desperate to secure the star to his show for future series.

Cherry says, "Good for her landing that part. But if she tries to leave my show, I'll hunt her down."

   13 February 2005 - After dry spell, Teri Hatcher lands at top

Source : The Mercury News

UNIVERSAL CITY - Teri Hatcher ought to be happy.

The 40-year-old Sunnyvale native is the breakout star of the television season's biggest hit, ``Desperate Housewives.'' She is on magazine covers and is getting fashion layouts in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. She just won a Golden Globe for best comedy actress. In just a few months, she has gone from a self-described ``has-been'' to the top of the TV world.

But late one afternoon just days after the Golden Globes, Hatcher is curled up in the corner of a hotel room couch and fighting off tears as a reporter asks about all the praise now coming her way.

``People didn't say those kinds of things, write those kinds of things, about me for a long time,'' she says. ``You want to be a strong enough person not to care what people think. You know that's not the most important thing. Your inner strength, your family, that's what matters.

``But my whole life, it's been hard to keep my confidence up. I'm still pretty insecure. That's where my character on the show and I relate the most. Everybody thinks it's about being a single mom and it's really not. It's about insecurity.''

Not that long ago, Hatcher says, she was having trouble even getting auditions. Early last year, she found herself in ``in some deeply sad places,'' fearful that she would have to sell her home in the San Fernando Valley because she no longer could pay the mortgage. ``That was really a low point.''

She admits that her time in show business -- which now spans almost three decades -- has ``had a lot of jump starts. But it's also had a lot of stops. It's been a long, weird career.''

Born in December 1964, Teri Lynn Hatcher was a true Silicon Valley kid, the only child of Owen Hatcher, an electrical engineer for AMD, and his wife Esther, a computer technician for Lockheed.

Hatcher's first love was dancing and performing. While at Fremont High, she was captain of the Featherettes, the school's dance team. She took lessons at such places as Los Altos' San Juan School of Dance, did stage shows with such local companies as the Children's Musical Theatre of San Jose and took acting classes at the American Conservatory Theater, including one with Oscar nominee-to-be Annette Bening.

But her parents, particularly her father, didn't feel show business was a proper career.

``At the time, my father told me he wouldn't pay for me to go to college to study anything other than mathematics -- something he's now endlessly regretful for,'' says Hatcher. ``He's apologized I can't tell you how many times.''

Still, when Hatcher graduated from Fremont in 1982 -- her class voted her ``Most Likely to Become a Solid Gold Dancer'' -- she enrolled at De Anza College with the aim of following her parents' wishes and getting a degree in math and electrical engineering.

She kept her dancing up by working as a San Francisco 49ers cheerleader, but ``I thought I'd be a math teacher. I really didn't think I was going to be a electrical engineering wizard in Silicon Valley,'' she says. ``I definitely thought there'd be something rewarding about being a woman teaching math to teenage women. I thought I could make a difference, be the teacher where people go, `I got a cool math teacher.' ''

In the spring of 1985, Hatcher was all set to transfer to the California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo. But she tagged along with a friend wanted to try out to be one of the Mermaids, a dance company on the TV series ``The Love Boat.'' (The eight Mermaids actually spent most of their time sitting around the ship's pool in bikinis.)

``It was like the `American Idol' of the 1980s,'' recalls Hatcher with a laugh. ``People lined up down the block, waiting for their little five-minute audition. You went in in groups of 20s, get into three lines and they'd teach you a little dance combination.

``I don't have any idea why but I won that in San Francisco. So then I got the honor of flying down to Los Angeles and doing the whole thing again against 5,000 other people. And they picked eight of us.''

Even then, though, Hatcher thought it was a temporary, pre-college gig: ``It wasn't like a big thrill of being on TV. To be honest, it was a paycheck -- $1,100 and something a week. That was more per week than my mom made working at Lockheed. I had never even heard of that kind of money.

``But I thought I would go back to Cal Poly and finish college. I never thought I would stay and have a career.''

Then ``an agent came to me while I was on `The Love Boat.' I never went, `Oh, I'm in Los Angeles now, I need an agent.' So when `The Love Boat' ended, my agent went, `You need to go and audition.' Well, I didn't even know what that meant.''

What that meant, almost immediately, was a recurring role on ``MacGyver,'' then a hit TV series, as struggling actress Penny Parker, and a string of guest appearances on various shows. Perhaps the most memorable of those guest shots was a February 1993 appearance on ``Seinfeld,'' in which she played a woman with breasts so perfect that Jerry and Elaine could not believe they were real.

Her exit line -- ``they're real and they're spectacular'' -- became part of the ``Seinfeld'' lexicon. (``Now, they're just real,'' says Hatcher.)

Her real break, though, came later that year with ``Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,'' a revisionist take on the Man of Steel in which she played a sexy Lois Lane to Dean Cain's hunky Clark Kent.

With an emphasis on romance and humor -- there was relatively little action in the series -- ``Lois & Clark'' became a Sunday night hit for ABC and Hatcher became a star. A publicity photo she posed for, cloaked in the Superman's cape and nothing else, is still one of the most downloaded images in the history of America Online.

When ``Lois & Clark'' finally ran out of steam in the spring of 1997, Hatcher looked like she could have her choice of film and TV roles. She did get to be a Bond girl in ``Tomorrow Never Dies.'' She also had a good part -- and a very memorable fight scene with Charlize Theron -- in John Herzfeld's underrated 1997 thriller ``2 Days In the Valley.''

But in 1994, Hatcher had married fellow actor Jon Tenney. (A previous marriage to personal trainer Marcus Leithold had ended in divorce after less than a year.) And in November 1997, she gave birth to a daughter, Emerson Rose, and began to be more selective about what roles she went after.

(One role she did take -- for what she describes as an ``exorbitant amount of money'' -- was that of ex-NFL star Howie Long's ``wife'' in a series of popular tongue-in-cheek commercials for Radio Shack.)

Tenney and Hatcher divorced in early 2003, leaving Hatcher a single mom in search of work. One of the things she tried was a sitcom with Touchstone Television, then headed by Steve McPherson, now entertainment president at ABC.

``We had just turned in a first draft of the comedy when `Desperate Housewives' came along'' at Touchstone, Hatcher recalls. ``My sitcom wasn't picked up, but I got the the `Housewives' script and read it. And it was one of the best-written things I had ever read, including movies. It was just perfect, a perfect script.''

Hatcher met with ``Housewives'' creator Marc Cherry and other producers ``and the first thing -- as it always is for me -- is that they had to realize I'm not this glamorous whatever anymore. The lucky thing for me is that Steve McPherson had spent the last year developing ideas with me and seeing photos of me on camping trips with Emerson.''

Remembering those photos, McPherson told the show's producers that there was another side to Hatcher, that she was more than the sexy girl in the Superman cape.

Hatcher auditioned for `Housewives,'' for the role of Susan Mayer, a single mom with a louse for an ex-husband and a terrific teenage daughter. ``My audition was truly an out-of-body experience,'' she says. ``It was the most spot-on audition I've ever had in my life. It was an audition you could walk away from and say, `Well, if I don't get it, there's nothing else I could have done.' ''

In other words, Hatcher was afraid she hadn't gotten the part. But ``Housewives'' creator Marc Cherry says that ``when we said to ABC, `Oh, Teri Hatcher came in today and gave a great audition,' they were very excited.

``She's a fresh face again, and that happens sometimes to good actors. They do their hit and kind of go away for a while and then they can come back and re-invent themselves. That's what happened with Teri.''

The other lead actresses on ``Desperate Housewives'' -- Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria -- all have gotten due credit for the success of the show, one of TV's most-watched, with an audience of 25 million.

But it's Hatcher who has seen her career skyrocket, winning not only the Golden Globe but, more recently, an award from the Screen Actors Guild. Not only has she managed to bring a mix of spunk and insecurity to the role of Susan Mayer but she has displayed an unexpected Lucille Ball-like gift for physical comedy.

The two most memorable scenes of the series' first season have been tours de force for Hatcher: an early one where a naked Susan Mayer is locked out of her home, a brilliant bit of choreographed comedy, and one in a recent episode where Mayer combines a karaoke version of ``New York, New York'' with a rant against her ex-husband.

``Who gets this kind of material?'' Hatcher asks gleefully, noting it's been ``especially'' unusual for such scenes to go to ``a woman who's 40.''

There are some down sides to this return to stardom, though. For one thing, it's putting a lot of pressure on Hatcher's time with her daughter, Emerson. Even though she has some support -- Tenney lives nearby, and her parents recently moved from Sunnyvale to Laguna Beach -- Hatcher says ``it's really hard. Everybody knew going in that being a mother was my priority. They try to respect that in terms of the hours and getting Sundays off.

``But the hugeness of this show, the phenomenon of this show, no one could have predicted. It's created a long of demands that are not typical of a TV show. So right now, there's really no room for anything else in my life besides my work and my daughter.''

And then there are the paparazzi, the packs of freelance photographers trying for a shot they can sell to the supermarket tabloids.

``They're bumming my daughter out. She really doesn't like it,'' says Hatcher. ``They're sitting outside my house now. There are 20 of them at the deli when I just want to have pancakes and eggs.

``I didn't anticipate that because I had forgotten about it. The last time I experienced it, I didn't have a child in my life.''

Still, says Hatcher, the last few months have rejuvenated her as an actress and as a person.

``Even if no one watched `Desperate Housewives,' for me to get it and get to do it is a great, great thing. Then the fact that it's followed up by the ratings and the Golden Globe and everything else is just icing on the cake.''

Then Hatcher turns reflective and says quietly: ``Maybe I couldn't have accomplished this when I was younger. You're just ready for things when you're ready for them and they're ready for you.

``I'm not really thinking about what could happen next week for me. Because I know it could all go away -- very quickly.''

   12 February 2005 - Wife feels Eva so stupid!

Source : The Sun

IT'S fall in a day's work for Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.

The beauty - who plays frustrated Gabrielle Solis - took this tumble while filming a funeral scene in Los Angeles.

Tears turned to laughter as she tripped in a cemetery and ended up on all fours.

The unexpected drama happened as Gabrielle arrived with hubby Carlos, played by Ricardo Chavira, to mourn his mother in the Channel 4 hit.

Ricardo helped her to her feet. Once he'd stop giggling, that is.

   12 February 2005 - Eyebrows raised at Teri's surgery denials

Source : Herald Sun

FACELIFTS and not leg-ups are behind the renaissance of two former screen stars if tinseltown speculation is to be believed.

Teri Hatcher, 40, who won a Best Actress award at this year's Golden Globes for her role in Desperate Housewives, has credited the TV show with rescuing her career. But speculation is growing, despite Hatcher's denials, that her new lease of life is owed to a plastic surgeon's knife.

Experts believe Hatcher, who last had a big role playing a Bond girl in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies, has boosted her looks with an eye lift, Botox injections to freeze muscles in her face and a nose job.

They point to the disappearance of eye bags, evident when she played Lois Lane in the early 1990s TV show The New Adventures of Superman, a wrinkle-free forehead and a more refined nose.

And Burt Reynolds' recent appearances have also raised eyebrows, despite his denials of undergoing plastic surgery.

People at last week's Superbowl festivities said 68-year-old Reynolds' face looked to have been pulled and stretched beyond belief.

One plastic surgeon, who believes Reynolds has spent $50,000 on procedures, asserted that the Boogie Nights star had undergone brow, mid-face and eye lifts. But because his skin was sun-damaged, it had bunched around the cheek area and only made his face appear stretched.

Reynolds was Hollywood's biggest box office attraction in the 1970s, but a 1984 jaw injury left him addicted to painkillers and a series of flops saw his career nose-dive until his recent revival.

   12 February 2005 - Housewife heads for hills

Source : The Star

LOS ANGELES— Eva Longoria, who co-stars on the show Desperate Housewives, has purchased a Hollywood Hills home for nearly $1.2 million (U.S.).

Longoria, the youngest housewife in the cast, bought a three-bedroom, three-bathroom Mediterranean style built in the 1920s. The 2,000-square-foot home has a grand entry with a fireplace. It has an updated kitchen and a large living room with hardwood floors.

Longoria, 29, plays former model Gabrielle Solis. The fickle Gabrielle is married to handsome, wealthy Carlos but had a fling with her young gardener.

In April, Longoria is expected to start shooting a feature film with Michael Douglas. Before Desperate Housewives, she appeared on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

   12 February 2005 - Strong Gives Voice to 'Desperate Housewives'

Source : Zap2It

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) There may be no better measure of the breakout popularity of "Desperate Housewives" than this: The show's narrator, Brenda Strong, is being recognized in public just by her voice.

The first time it happened, she was ordering coffee. Strong felt a tap on her shoulder and when she turned around, the person behind her said "Oh my God, it is you. I thought I recognized your voice."

"It's a little strange having people look at you with that puzzled look on their face as you're speaking, then you see that light behind their eyes go on," Strong says. When you're leading 23 million people each week into the not-what-it-seems world of Wisteria Lane, it's bound to happen.

Although at first, it almost didn't. "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry initially cast former "Twin Peaks" star Sheryl Lee as Mary Alice Young, the seemingly perfect wife and mother who takes her own life in the show's opening scene and then narrates the series from beyond the grave. Cherry says he loved her performance, but when he set Lee's voice-over against the show's visuals, it sounded "too cold and distant." Strong won the role, Cherry says, because when he first heard her read, "I was like, 'Oh, I just feel comfy.' It's like a warm blanket just enveloped me."

As a narrator, Mary Alice is both inviting and a bit of a tease, doling out only little bits of information about herself or any of the friends, relatives and neighbors she's left behind. Strong believes that life had overwhelmed the character at the point that she committed suicide, but from the other side, she realized, "Oh, you know what, it doesn't have to be that painful."

"I think the beauty of her revelation would have given her the courage to back in and live her life," she says, explaining why Mary Alice is so chipper in her afterlife. "... That's the beauty of what she can share with the other characters through her narration -- that kind of compassionate, humorous, 'We're all taking this ride too seriously, we need to have a little bit more fun.' That's where the lightness comes from that you hear in her voice."

Strong's on-camera time in the series has thus far been limited to that opening sequence and a couple of flashback sequences -- although she says she'll be seen again a few times in the coming weeks (the ABC series returns with new episodes at 9 p.m. ET Sunday after a couple of weeks off). But although she does most of her work solo on a recording stage at Universal Studios, where "Housewives" films, she still shapes her performance to fit with the rest of the cast.

"I go in and record a rough track for the editor to work with" as the show is being assembled, she says. "Once the picture is cut and everyone's approved the final episode, I'll go back in. And that's where it's really fun, because then all the performances that all the women and the characters have given [can] change my intentions and the way I'm going to say something. I get very informed by their choices and what emotional issues come up for them. So it becomes a really collective, cooperative experience."

She also likes to spend time with the rest of the cast on the show's set when she can. It helps on the occasions that she does have scenes with them, she says, but just as much, the cast has forged a camaraderie out of being part of the show before anyone ever saw it or wrote about it or tried to dissect its mysteries.

"I don't know how to explain that," she says. "It's like the people who knew you before you were successful, the people you were coming up with, give you a certain modicum of security and safety because you know they're experiencing the same thing."

Strong has been a part of shows that have received both critical and popular acclaim, with memorable guest appearances on "Seinfeld" to her credit along with recurring parts on "Sports Night," "Party of Five" and "Everwood." But she isn't completely sure why "Desperate Housewives" has taken off the way it has.

"It's a little insane, isn't it?" she says with a laugh. "It's fascinating to me -- why this and not something else? ...

"I think it's kind of like chemistry. You add all the elements together, and then there's this synergistic magic that takes it to a whole other level of possibility. Luckily our show just fit in the right time, the right place, with the right writing and characters and a message that allowed us to kind of go to that phenomenon place as opposed to just being another good show on television."

   12 February 2005 - Desperate Housewives Spin-off News

Source : Tv Guide

It was as inevitable as Mrs. Huber's murder: Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has had informal talks with ABC about giving his monster hit a sister soap.

"The network has saved an area [on the schedule] for me when I'm ready to write it," he reveals. "[But] it's going to take me a couple of seasons before I have the energy/time."

At least the scribe's idea is ready to roll — he came up with the concept before Housewives even premiered. "I knew another angle on telling the stories of the people in this neighborhood," the recent Golden Globe winner says, cryptically acknowledging that Housewives 2 would focus on a "segment of Wisteria Lane's population... but set somewhere else."

Like, maybe, a dorm? The most popular spin-off theory has Cherry sending one of Housewives' teens to college. But TV analyst Steve Sternberg of Magna Global USA believes "it makes more sense to do it with a main character. Once the show has been established as a hit, you can afford to lose one of [the female leads]."

What does ABC have to say about these Wives tales? "If Marc has a brilliant idea, we're going to be open to it," says Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Primetime Entertainment. "[But] it's a long way off." In other words, check back when things get desperate.

   12 February 2005 - A special 'Housewives' treat: Dishing with Barbara Walters

Source : Chicago Sun-Times

The ladies of "The View' have been especially desperate this week. With Meredith Vieira taking a week of R&R, a call was made to the stars of "Desperate Housewives" to co-host the live gabfest during its weeklong stint in Los Angeles.

Friday was Eva Longoria's turn. Here's how her gal pals have fared so far.

MONDAY: Teri Hatcher (Susan)

Basic banter: Teri looked adorable in jeans and a flimsy flowered shirt as she talked about how she thought her career was ov-uh until she moved onto Wisteria Lane.

Revelation: We know, we know, Teri. It's hard to have a relationship and be a famous TV star! Please stop talking about it.

Star quotient: She got to grill Jay Leno.

But had to sit through: The cast of "The O.C."

Talk show potential: High -- Teri easily could run makeover segments and even let the other hosts set her up on dates.

TUESDAY: Felicity Huffman (Lynette)

Basic banter: She was warm and friendly while talking about how hard it is to raise kids and compete with other moms to be the best parental unit around. Also, spoke so lovingly of her husband, actor Bill Macy, that even Star seemed to be taking mental notes on marriage.

Revelation: She's one of eight kids.

Star quotient: Got to press palms with Chicago natives Jim Belushi and Dennis Franz

But had to sit through: Seedy tour through Tinseltown.

Talk show potential: Very high because she's very real.

WEDNESDAY: Marcia Cross (Bree)

Basic banter: Reacting to the rumor of the day, Barbara Walters cut right to the chase and asked if Cross was gay. Hello! "I assume this is what comes of being 42 and single. I'm not a lesbian," Cross said. To which Joy Behar retorted: "So tonight is off between us?"

Revelation: Unlike her TV alter ego, she's a total slob in real life. Even her trailer is full of trash every single day. Oh, and she also wanted to be the dead housewife Mary Alice during auditions so she wouldn't have to wear makeup.

Star quotient: She got to laugh through Bernie Mac.

But had to sit through: Lame Andy Dick intro.

Talk show potential: She looked a little nervous but upped the ante by having her real-life mom and dad in the front row. A nice personal touch!

THURSDAY: Nicollette Sheridan (Edie)

Basic banter: In a red jacket, white shirt and jeans, Nicollette showed off her new engagement ring and denied reports she has had plastic surgery. Also complained that her character, Edie, "isn't getting any action. Everyone else is having affairs. Edie has become the most respectable character on the show!"

Revelation: An upcoming "Desperate Housewives" DVD will contain never-before-seen braless scenes of the girls. (To which Joy replied: Now you'll really get the SAG Awards.). Nicollette mentioned that a censored scene with Edie and Richard Roundtree will probably be back on the DVD. "Edie is in a hotel room and comes out in Le Perla lingerie," she previewed.

Star quotient: Oscar nominee Annette Bening stopped by for a chat and was utterly charming.

But had to sit through: Ryan Seacrest discussing his highlights and hair routine. FYI: He only uses one coat of gel.

Talk show potential: Nicollette spent a lot of time pushing a cosmetics line, which annoyed Barbara. She needed more gab, less grab.

   11 February 2005 - For the Youngs, family function is dysfunction

Source : USA Today

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Mom put a bullet through her brain. Dad bludgeoned the nosy neighbor lady with a blender. And their psycho son may or may not have killed his baby sister. Could the Young family of TV's Desperate Housewives get any more dangerous?

Oh, yes. The evil insanity has only just begun, as we'll begin to see Sunday night in the first of Housewives' only two new episodes this month (9 ET/PT, ABC).

On a recent evening outing to the Young family home on Wisteria Lane, the actors who portray TV's most dysfunctional family — Brenda Strong (Mary Alice), Mark Moses (Paul) and Cody Kasch(Zach) — found it a little unsettling to be grouped together.

Aside from a brief scene in the pilot showing Mary Alice bringing Paul and Zach their breakfast, the family has not been depicted as a unit.

(After her mysterious suicide, Mary Alice has been heard only as the show's narrator, shown in brief flashbacks and, once, envisioned as a haunting presence by Felicity Huffman's Lynette.)

"Usually it's just Zach and I sitting at the dinner table with the ghost of Mom," says Moses, 44, a happily married father of two sons, who is in a particularly good mood this evening. He just shot his first kissing scene — the genesis of a possible romance set to hatch in early March.

Around the holidays, Housewives creator Marc Cherry took each of these three actors aside to let him or her in on what the rest of America is dying to know: what horrible secret occurred 12 years ago involving Zach's little sister, Dana.

"We got into a situation where the scenes weren't making much sense to us because our characters knew the secret and we didn't," says Kasch, 17, who lives with his parents, two brothers and sister, all actors. When Cherry revealed the big secret to him, Kasch was dumbfounded. "It's the least likely thing you can think of. So incredibly random — but so great!"

Cherry pulled Strong aside at a Christmas party and, as she recalls, told her, "I think it's time I told you about Mary Alice." The actress says part of her didn't want to know. But at the same time, she was relieved to finally "make peace" with her character's past. "It deepened my sense of compassion for Mary Alice. It was really hard for her to live with what she did."

Says Strong, the real-life married mom of a 10-year-old son who goes by his middle name, Zak: "The beauty of the Young family is this terrible secret binds us and tears us apart."

The 44-year-old actress survived her own personal family crisis when her brother, Steve, after a painfully drawn-out 20-year illness, succumbed to a brain tumor when Strong was 29.

"His progressive illness brought our family together," she says, "and when he died it sort of healed the family. I know it sounds trite, but I think we all have people who are looking out for us."

Kasch remembers his hippie-like family being considered the town oddballs when they lived in Ojai, Calif., before relocating to L.A. "We endured a lot of segregation," Kasch says. Kasch and his siblings were not welcomed into certain schools or social functions, but that, he says, "made our family stronger."

But there seems little hope of a happy ending for the oddball Youngs. And the same might be true for at least one of their portrayers. Considering Paul's violent streak, how long can Moses remain part of the cast before his character is stopped? Cherry says he expects to bring all three Youngs back next season — and Strong is contracted to be both heard and seen throughout the series' anticipated seven-year run.

"I've been led to believe by our creator that Mary Alice will continue to live on through Zach," Strong says. "Mary Alice will not die with the mystery."

This Sunday, more pieces of the puzzle come together. And beginning this spring, flashbacks of Mary Alice will begin airing as the mystery reaches its shocking season-ending climax.

No one is looking forward to those scenes more than Strong, who acknowledges some frustration over playing a rarely seen character.

"There is an element of restriction that comes inherently with being dead," she says in that melodic Mary Alice tone. "But I have to say it's a really great gig."

   11 February 2005 - I'm single and straight, Cross says

Source : USA Today

Marcia Cross says she's happy. But not gay, as the Desperate Housewives star said on ABC's The View Wednesday when she addressed her sexual orientation because of rumors that began on the Internet this month.

Co-host Barbara Walters first brought up the scuttlebutt.

"I just assumed this is what comes of being 42 and single," Cross said. "I don't know if they just needed to find a reason why I wasn't married."

When co-host Joy Behar asked her whether she was a lesbian, Cross responded: "I'm not."

Cross, who plays uptight homemaker Bree Van De Kamp on the smash ABC series, is puzzled by all the attention to her sexuality. (Related story: For the Youngs, family function is dysfunction)

"What a world we live in that that's so important," Cross said.

So important that Cross' publicist issued a statement the day before her TV appearance, calling the rumors "completely untrue."

   7 February 2005 - Housewives desperate for a trophy

Source : This is London

Two Desperate Housewives lived up to the name of their show when they landed an award yesterday. Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria tussled in front of the cameras as both refused to let go of their best comedy team statue at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

They were left to fight it out after organisers gave the six stars just five trophies.

But co-star Brenda Strong took pity on them and gave up her statue instead.

The Channel 4 drama, which takes a look at what goes on behind the gloss of apparent domestic bliss, also scooped the TV comedy actress honour for Teri Hatcher's performances in the series.

Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx and Hilary Swank won the awards for best male and female film actors, boosting their Oscars hopes later this month.

Modest country comedy Sideways knocked out favourites Million Dollar Baby and The Aviator by taking the top prize for best cast performance.

   7 February 2005 - Housewives Win Gongs

Source : Sky Showbiz

Those Housewives on Wisteria Lane can hardly be described as Desperate anymore, after fulfilling the hype and walking away with a couple of gongs at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) in LA.

It was also a good night for Million Dollar Baby which bagged two statues, with other big Oscar hopefuls The Aviator, Ray and Sideways also getting in on the act - but it was a quiet night for the Brits.

It seems that for the best actor and actress categories, the chaps left with the responsibility of engraving those Oscar statuettes could probably get on and scratch Hilary Swank and Jamie Foxx's names on them after yet more gongs landed in their laps.

Hilary, looking stunning in a long black dress with extensive split, beat off competition from Brits Kate Winslet and Imelda Staunton to be named the best actress for her role in Million Dollar Baby.

Her co-star Morgan Freeman received the best supporting actor gong, leaving British youngster Freddie Highmore empty handed and ensuring Jamie Foxx didn't get the double.

Foxx lost out for best supporting actor for his role in Collateral but took to the stage to collect the best actor gong for his performance as Ray Charles in Ray.

Hilary Swank with her award

British newcomer Sophie Okonedo lost out in the best supporting actress category for her part in Hotel Rwanda to The Aviator's Cate Blanchett.

And Sideways was named the best ensemble cast, despite its two main stars, Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, losing out in the individual categories.

As far as the TV world goes, it was definitely the night of those Desperate Housewives, with Teri Hatcher being named best actress in a comedy series and the cast walking away with the best comedy ensemble - beating Sex And The City.

Jennifer Garner took to the stage in a slinky silver frock to pick up the best actess gong for a drama series for Alias, while Glenn Close was named best actress in a TV movie or mini series for The Lion In Winter.

Geoffrey Rush was awarded with the best actor in a TV movie or mini series for his performance in The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers.

   7 February 2005 - The secrets behind their success

Source : Chicago Sun-Times

The most subversive joke of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" was also its first, and so subtle that few of the show's many millions of fans noticed it early on -- if at all.

Mary Alice Young's home, the house on Wisteria Lane with the white picket fence where we saw her as an apparently flawless wife and mother in the very first scene of the very first episode, right before she killed herself and set the series in motion -- it's the home from "Leave It to Beaver."

Talk about an establishing shot.

What better way to upend TV suburban life than by having an ideal homemaker kill herself in what looks to be the same iconic residence where June Cleaver had dinner waiting every night for Ward, Wally and the Beav.

Ben Matlock, Marcus Welby and Herman Munster all are said to have walked along this same ersatz street on the Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles at some point.

But career woman-turned-overwhelmed mom and wife Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), clumsy single parent Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), lusty former model Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria), uptight perfectionist Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), predatory divorcee Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) and the rest of the current residents of Wisteria Lane travel far less predictable paths. That's part of the fun.

The phenomenal success of "Desperate Housewives" has triggered all kinds of discussions about the state of homemaking today, including whether "housewives" is a politically correct term and, if so, whether they are in fact desperate. Residents of real-life Wisteria Lanes -- from Hilton Head, S.C., to Melbourne, Australia -- have been sought out by reporters eager to learn if the happenings on their respective blocks bear any resemblance at all to what's on TV each Sunday night.

Mostly, however, the big question -- besides why did Mary Alice kill herself, what is Mike Delfino's real reason for moving into the neighborhood, where the heck is this Wisteria Lane anyway and so on -- is whether there is something in or about "Desperate Housewives" that so speaks to viewers? How did this series come out of nowhere to become the No. 2 scripted series on TV?

It may simply be that "Desperate Housewives" fed a hunger -- or hungers -- most of us didn't know we had and it took a writer the industry had pretty much written off to build a show around a group of actresses the industry had pretty much written off on a struggling network the industry had pretty much written off to set the table.

"The O.C." on Fox last season showed there was an audience for the nighttime soap after a long dormant period for over-the-top prime-time serials on the major networks and it didn't take itself too seriously. But ABC's "Desperate Housewives," thanks to creator Marc Cherry's days as sitcom writer, gave his melodrama both mystery and wicked humor.

"America likes to laugh," said Cherry, who got his start writing for "The Golden Girls" 15 years ago. "When our show came on, even though it was an hour long and it was being promoted as a soap opera, I think a lot of folks tuned in and were delighted to find out, 'Oh, I get to laugh every week at this.'"

Even when dealing with murder, adultery, drug abuse and other sins, crimes and intrigue, Cherry approaches his drama like a sitcom. Scenes are short and punchy. You don't like a story line, he's on to the next one. That only helps broaden the show's appeal.

"The biggest difference between our soap, if I can call it that, and other soaps is that people don't sit around and talk about their feelings over coffee," he said. "The people in our show are very active, and sometimes they do funny things, and I think guys love serialized stuff as long as there's some action and there's some laughs ... and also we have some fairly attractive women on the show."

The inspiration for Cherry continues to be his own mother, whose trials and tribulations as a parent and wife he only came to learn about and understand as an adult.

"I was trying to write the truth of one woman, but I felt if I wrote it well enough, I might be able to capture the truth of many, many, many women," Cherry said. "I'm fascinated by women. I get guys. We're simple. We just want to eat and have sex. Women are much more complicated creatures."

Even their homes aren't exactly what they seem on "Housewives."

The "Leave It to Beaver" house, for example, only provides the exterior for the Young house on "Desperate Housewives." Its interior is used for the inside of the Van de Kamp, while the inside behind the facade of the Van de Kamp is actually a restroom facility for the show's crew, an irony lost on viewers but still amusing.

"Our show is [a] mixture of a bunch of tonalities -- mystery, comedy, drama," Cherry said. "Some of our comedy is big. Some of it's just dry and ironic."

And some of it, like the fact that June Cleaver's dream life and Mary Alice Young's nightmare death come from the same place, perhaps only registers in our subconscious.

   7 February 2005 - 'Baby,' 'Housewives' Clean Up at SAG Awards

Source : Zap2It

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Actors honored their own at the 11t Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, Feb. 5 in Los Angeles.

There were few surprises on the movie side, with Jamie Foxx taking home yet another statue for "Ray." The 37-year-old actor has already taken home the Golden Globe, tops numerous film critics' lists and is the favorite to win the Oscar for his role in the Ray Charles biopic.

"Million Dollar Baby" also cashed in, with Hilary Swank snagging an award for her leading role as a tenacious female boxer and Morgan Freeman winning for his supporting role as an ex-boxer who cleans a local gym. "The Aviator's" Cate Blanchett flew off with the award in her supporting role as screen legend Katharine Hepburn.

Unique to the SAG awards is the recognition of movie casts and television ensembles for their collaborative work. Alexander Payne's "Sideways" easily won the motion picture category for its cast, including: Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, Thomas Haden Church and Sandra Oh.

In television, the forensic drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" took home the drama ensemble award for Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Marg Helgenberger, William Petersen and Eric Szmanda. On the lighter side, the folks at "Desperate Housewives" won the comedy ensemble award for its rather large cast peopled by the families living on Wisteria Lane. Winners include Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Nicollete Sheridan and Brenda Strong, among others.

Hatcher won yet another award for her individual "Housewives" performance in the comedy category as did Tony Shaloub for the bumbling detective series "Monk." The drama category awards went to "Alias" star Jennifer Garner and "Law & Order's" Jerry Orbach, who was honored posthumously after dying in December of prostate cancer. Geoffrey Rush and Glenn Close took home statuettes for their performances in the television movies "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" and "The Lion in Winter," respectively.

The evening also included a "What Actors Do" cinematic tribute introduced by Dennis Franz and the presentation of the lifetime achievement award to TV and silver screen star James Garner.

The SAG awards were telecast on the TNT network.

   7 February 2005 - 'Desperate Housewives' spinoff in works

Source : Digital Spy

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has revealed plans to develop a spinoff of the popular new drama series.

US network ABC has held talks with Cherry about producing an accompanying show some time in the next few years.

"The network has saved an area [on the schedule] for me when I'm ready to write it," he told TV Guide. "But it's going to take me a couple of seasons before I have the energy-slash-time."

Asked if he had any ideas for the sister soap, Cherry replied: "I know another angle on telling the stories of the people in this neighbourhood."

He added that storylines would deal with "a segment of Wisteria Lane's population."

   7 February 2005 - Chinlund joins 'Desperate Housewives'

Source : Digital Spy

Nick Chinlund has joined the cast of hit ABC drama Desperate Housewives.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chinlund has signed to take the role of Detective Sullivan, who will investigate the death of Martha Huber (Christine Estabrook).

The actor has previously appeared in Con Air, Lethal Weapon and The Chronicles of Riddick and will next appear alongside Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones in Legend of Zorro.

   6 February 2005 - Gay plot for 'Desperate Housewives'

Source : Digital Spy

The lid has finally been lifted on which resident of Wysteria Lane will be coming out as gay in an upcoming Desperate Housewives storyline.

Creator Marc Cherry recently revealed that one of the male characters would be emerging from the closet, prompting speculation over which of the husbands it would be.

Those speculations were misguided, however: the character in question is apparently Bree Van De Kamp's wayward son Andrew, played by actor Shawn Pyfrom.

The reveal, which is set to come in the show's second season, prompts Bree to worry that her overbearing nature is the cause of Andrew's homosexual tendencies.

Meanwhile, DataLounge also claims that a regular cast member is set to come out in real life this spring via The Advocate magazine.

   6 February 2005 - A Desperately bad snog

Source : The Sun

DESPERATE Housewives star James Denton has revealed his first TV kiss with on-screen girlfriend Teri Hatcher was a terrible experience.

James, who plays hunky plumber Mike Delfino in the hit C4 show, feared he’d get the axe after Teri failed to warm to his charm in their passionate scene.

The sexy 42-year-old told The Oprah Winfrey Show: "When we were shooting it, Teri was kind of stiff and seemed uncomfortable and it was the first time we'd kissed. I thought, 'If we don't have chemistry, I'm a dead man’."

James found out later that gorgeous Teri was in agony after breaking a rib on the set just an hour before their kissing scene.

He added: "She was really quiet and really reserved and really almost in pain kissing me.

“Selfishly, I was glad she had a broken rib."

   6 February 2005 - 'Housewives' actor to become rock star

Source : Digital Spy

Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe has revealed his ambition to begin a rock career.

The actor, who plays young gardener John in the drama, has formed a group with two of his best friends called 'RPM'.

"I live with two of my best friends. One of them plays drums and one plays lead guitar. I play rhythm guitar and sing," Metcalfe, 26, told Star magazine.

"We only have five or six original songs right now, but we know about a dozen covers, like Beast Of Burden by the Rolling Stones, and a couple of the White Stripes songs.

"The Rolling Stones are my favourite band of all time. My parents raised me on hard rock, man."

   6 February 2005 - Desperate Stud Smooches Reba!

Source : TV Guide

This week, WB's Reba gets a much-needed ratings boost, thanks to a vivacious visit from Desperate Housewives heartthrob James Denton (tonight at 9 pm/ET). No, Wisteria Lane's studly Mike Delfino isn't coming to check Reba McEntire's plumbing. (Get your filthy minds out of the gutter, people!) However, Denton promises that viewers can look forward to plenty of above-the-neck action.

"I play a marriage counselor hired by Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman), who is married to Reba's ex-husband (Christopher Rich) on the show," he tells TV Guide Online. "The problem is that Barbra Jean develops a crush on the counselor, so obviously the therapy's not working too well!

"Barbra Jean asks Reba to come with her to my office to fire me because she's too weak to do it alone," Denton continues with a chuckle. "Then, Reba and I hit it off, which causes problems between the women. Reba and I go out on a date, and there's a lot of kissing. I kiss Reba, I kiss Barbra Jean, and it turns into a kissfest! I was the big winner, so I can't complain. Reba was a real hoot — and fun to kiss."

How does Mrs. Denton — who's preggers with their second child, a baby girl due March 22 — feel about her hunky husband swappin' spit with all these females? "My wife's a former actress, so she knows the drill, having done it herself," he says. "She thought the Reba thing was kind of odd, though. She's like, 'So are you just going to go on every show and make out with people?' I might've pushed my luck a little bit with Reba, but of course with Housewives, she's so happy with our success that she puts up with it."

While his Desperate Housewives shooting schedule only permitted time to squeeze in one guest spot, Denton wants to return to Reba next season. "We had a blast," he enthuses. "They left the character open-ended, so I'm hoping to go back."

   6 February 2005 - 'HOUSEWIVES' SPINOFF

Source : New York Post

THE "Desperate Housewives" of Wisteria Lane are desperate for a spinoff — and might get one.

"The network [ABC] has saved an area [on the schedule] for me when I'm ready to write it," series creator Marc Cherry tells the latest edition of TV Guide.

But "it's going to take me a couple of seasons before I have the energy [and] time," he says. "I know another angle on telling the stories of the people in this neighborhood."

Cherry says cryptically that the new show would focus on a "segment of Wisteria Lane's population . . . but would be set somewhere else."

   3 February 2005 - The 'Desperate' Hunks Strip Down!

Source : ET Online

Move over ladies of "Desperate Housewives." The men are finally getting the recognition they deserve when TV Guide rounds up the hot hunks -- JAMES DENTON (Mike), JESSE METCALFE (John), RICARDO ANTONIO CHAVIRA (Carlos), DOUG SAVANT (Tom), STEVEN CULP (Rex) and MARK MOSES (Paul) -- for a cover shoot that will hit newsstands this April.

"I don't feel like I have been ignored," Jesse tells ET's JANN CARL, who is exclusively behind the scenes with the men of Wisteria Lane. "I have gotten my fair share of press, if not more than my share. I really don't have anything to complain about."

As for his co-stars, TV's hot gardener says, "They are talented actors who are just as much a part as the women in bringing the story to life. They are doing a great job. That is why this whole thing flies, and why it is such a big hit, all the pieces are coming together."

This will be the second cover for Jamie, who was previously featured on the front page with TERI HATCHER (Susan).

"When we shot that, we were just waiting for the other women to get ready for the big group shot and they threw Teri and me in front of this backdrop," Jamie recalls. "She had a beautiful dress on. Actually in that shot, I am in clothes I brought from home -- a flannel shirt that is all torn up. I actually wore it in. I didn't think it would ever see the light of day. Then I found out it was going to be a cover."

Wisteria Lane's favorite plumber believes his popularity is tied into Teri's likeability. Before "Desperate Housewives," Jamie says he mostly played bad guys, but things started to change for him when he landed the lead role opposite KIM DELANEY in the short-lived "Philly" tv series. Now he can't even go to the grocery store!

"This is the last thing I ever expected in my life, but my wife says I am too friendly," he says ruefully. "People will want to come up and talk about the show, especially because of all the mystery, and they will stop me and say, 'Oh, God, I've go to know.' And I will stand there and talk to everybody and I have been there for an hour and the cart is empty."

But don't think the guys are complaining. That is not true by any means. Doug best sums it up, "Let's clear this up for America. There is no downside to being on a hit television show. You are not going to get me to complain about the hours, or anything. It's the best. Anybody you see on talk shows complaining about it, they are either liars or wimps. This is the greatest thing that ever happens."

   3 February 2005 - Housewives lift Channel 4 ratings

Source : BBC News

Desperate Housewives follows women with seemingly ideal lives.

The debut of US television hit Desperate Housewives has helped lift Channel 4's January audience share by 12% compared to last year. Other successes such as Celebrity Big Brother and The Simpsons have enabled the broadcaster to surpass BBC Two for the first month since last July.

BBC Two's share of the audience fell from 11.2% to 9.6% last month in comparison with January 2004.

Celebrity Big Brother attracted fewer viewers than its 2002 series.

Strongest growth

Comedy drama Desperate Housewives managed to pull in five million viewers at one point during its run to date, attracting a quarter of the television audience.

The two main television channels, BBC1 and ITV1, have both seen their monthly audience share decline in a year on year comparison for January, while Five's proportion remained the same at a slender 6.3%.

Digital multi-channel TV is continuing to be the strongest area of growth, with the BBC reporting Freeview box ownership of five million, including one million sales in the last portion of 2004.

Its share of the audience soared by 20% in January 2005 compared with last year, and currently stands at an average of 28.6%.

   1st February 2005 - Eva Longoria sets record straight on love life

Source : USA Today

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Eva Longoria was desperate to set the record straight on her love life during a photo shoot in this northern Mexico city where her family has roots.

The Desperate Housewives co-star was spotted at Monterrey's international airport Sunday with 'N Sync singer JC Chasez, following her weekend photo shoot with Latina magazine, the Reforma newspaper reported in its Monday editions.

The magazine invited Longoria to do the project after learning that her family is from Monterrey, a center of business and industry 430 miles north of Mexico City.

Longoria arrived alone Friday, but Chasez was present later during the photo shoot, Reforma said.

Chasez told reporters he was vacationing in Monterrey, while Longoria said she was "here alone, with my friends, my publicist."

Chasez "is only my friend," the actress told the newspaper.

Longoria returned Sunday to Los Angeles to shoot additional episodes of the hit ABC series. Desperate Housewives airs on Sundays (9 p.m. ET).

   1st February 2005 - Seven aces the competition

Source : Fairfax Digital

Talk about a Lazarus act! Channel Seven, the big loser of the television industry, has suddenly transformed the way Australians spend their Monday nights.

After scoring the most watched program of the 21st century on Sunday (the Australian Open tennis final, with 4 million viewers in the mainland capitals), Seven drew 2.5 million viewers to the premiere of the sexy American soap Desperate Housewives on Monday.

This was the result of an eccentric programming decision. Neither of those results will register in Seven's figures for the year because the official ratings season doesn't start until next Sunday. But it was part of a strategy to establish an addiction that will grip viewers through the season.

Over the past five years, Monday has been the main viewing night of the week, dominated by Nine with the sitcom Friends and the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Nine could not launch Millionaire last Monday because its host, Eddie McGuire, was hosting the Allan Border Medal special. Seven exploited the gap with its new US import after giving saturation publicity to Desperate Housewives during Sunday's tennis.

Nine countered with a new episode of last year's hit crime show Cold Case and drew 1.4 million. But Desperate Housewives apparently pulled in people who had not been Monday night regulars. It topped the night in all demographics measured by OZTAM: men, women, young, old, high-income and grocery buyers.

Its 2.48 million beat the 2.41 million peak for Friends in 2002, suggesting a new ratings juggernaut is on the move. One million more people watched commercial TV last Monday night than on a typical Monday in 2004.

Nine did a bit better in the 7.30 slot with Starstruck, in which amateurs impersonated their favourite singers. It drew 1.6 million, against 1.2 million for Seven's The Great Outdoors.

   1st February 2005 - Teri Defends Her Breasts

Source : Sky Showbiz

Teri Hatcher has come out fighting against reports that her boobs are fake.

The star of new TV drama Desperate Housewives has revealed that she's about fed up with defending her very real breasts.

According to imdb.com, the 40-year-old actress admits that she's always received plenty of attention - and probably the odd gawp - for her pert boobies and is used to them being subject to speculation about whether they're implants.

"I think they should have been cast in bronze at some point because there's been so much hysteria surrounding them."

But she's not exactly complaining about people's preoccupation with her looks...

"I suppose you could have worse compliments, but you don't want to get stuck in people's minds just for having a nice story.

"It's a contradiction because being attractive is a way of getting recognition and it can lead to a lot of work, but at some point you've got to convince people that you can do more than just play a sultry female fatale kind of character," she said.

Teri shot to fame in 1993 as Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane, before starring as a Bond Girl alongside Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.

She then took some time out to be a mother before returning to the limelight recently with Golden Globe-winning series Desperate Housewives.

   1st February 2005 - Oprah: Desperate Housewife?

Source : ET Online

The ladies of Wisteria Lane are getting a new neighbor this Thursday, Feb. 3, when OPRAH WINFREY visits the set of "Desperate Housewives" on her top-rated syndicated show.

"MARC CHERRY and that wonderful writing team from 'Desperate Housewives' wrote a script just for the 'Oprah' show, integrating me into the lives of all the other characters on Wisteria Lane," Oprah explains. "I don't play myself. I play this character who moves to Wisteria Lane, meets the other housewives and goes through a series of antics with all of them. It is funny and one of the greatest things I have done, I tell you."

On tonight's ET, we have a sneak peek as Oprah drops by Lynette's house to borrow a cup of sugar. But Lynette, mother of four, has her hands full and Oprah leaves with an empty cup. Fans of the show should enjoy the homage to the earlier episode in which Susan (TERI HATCHER) sneaked over to Edie's (NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN) under the pretence of borrowing a cup of sugar, but really to scope out the situation and see if their hunky new neighbor Mike (JAMES DENTON) was having a romantic evening with the town tramp. Then when Susan realizes she has made a mistake and Mike isn't there, she knocks over a candle in her hurry to leave and sets Edie's house on fire.

"I just love Oprah," says series creator/executive producer Marc Cherry. "I've had so many amazing things happen to me in the past few months, but I've got to say, hanging out with Oprah was pretty damn cool. That's right at the top of the list. She's a really nice lady. I really like her. She's really smart, and she shot this thing that's going to air on her show, and it was just as fun as all get out. So, anything she wants to do, I'm there for her."

For her part, Oprah says she was inspired. The talk show queen recently executive produced a TV movie for ABC, "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God," airing Sunday, March 6, at 9 p.m., starring HALLE BERRY, but now she may want to jump back into acting.

"I haven't acted since 1998 with 'Beloved,'" Oprah comments. "I thought I was done with my acting days, but I loved being a part of the 'Desperate Housewives' so much that I'm thinking I might do something else soon."

   1st February 2005 - Housewives a hit

Source : The Age

The Seven Network says it is well placed for the 2005 ratings year with new program Desperate Housewives pulling a massive audience last night.

The first episode of the hugely-hyped show attracted an audience of 2.48 million people, winning the network the night's television ratings.

"Desperate Housewives is the most watched new drama program in Australian television history," Seven spokesman Simon Francis said.

"It provides us with a terrific opportunity to try and rebuild our audience share."

Nine's new program Starstruck was the second most watched program of the evening, drawing an audience of 1.58 million people.

The official ratings year begins next Sunday but the major networks have begun their new programs early in an effort to increase viewer numbers.

Francis said Seven had introduced its new programming early to follow on from the success of the Australian Open.

Also on Seven's slate for the new year is the new series, Lost, which is one of the biggest shows in the United States.

And to ensure as many people see Desperate Housewives as possible, the show will be repeated tonight.

However, Francis was cautious to predict the high audience figures obtained last night would remain with the show for the entire season.

"This is a game where you can make very grand predictions and fall flat on your face," he said.

"The first episodes of any series are always the most complex and hard.

"The program got off to a strong start in the United States so the success in Australia reflects that and the program accelerates as people get to know the characters."

   1st February 2005 - Sexy wives' tales

Source : News.com.au

WHEN Sex And The City's Sarah Jessica Parker hung up her Manolo Blahniks, nobody could have predicted television's next style icons would be a bunch of housewives.

Least of all the man who created these chic suburbanites, Marc Cherry.

As the writer and producer of the hugely successful US series Desperate Housewives, which premieres on Channel 7 tonight, Cherry was blown away at the impact his show has had on fashion fanatics in the US and Britain. "I remember thinking 'It's a shame my show can never do that because these women will be in jeans and T-shirts'," Cherry said.

"As it turned out, because Cate Adair is such a brilliant costume designer and our women are on the attractive side, people are now really starting to pay attention."

So as well as high-fashion clobber, the series also shows off clothing from Target.

The four lead characters in the show all have different budgets and different tastes.

There's Bree (Marcia Cross), the domestic diva with the disintegrating marriage; Susan (Teri Hatcher), a divorced single mum who illustrates children's books when not humiliating herself; Lynette (Felicity Huffman), a former career woman who traded the office for three hyperactive boys and a baby girl; and Gabrielle (Eva Longoria), an ex-runway model with a penchant for designer garb and her teenage gardener.

When an episode aired in the US in which Bree attempted to seduce her spouse wearing only a red lace La Perla lingerie set, pearls and a fur coat, fans went wild. The lingerie sold out, while Bree wears pearls so often it's thought she's responsible for reviving the look.

   1st February 2005 - A Very Wisteria Morning

Source : Extra TV

Wisteria Lane has quickly become one of the hottest addresses in television. From garnering a Golden Globe win to a multitude of magazine covers, the "Desperate Housewives" are sizzling. And now, one of morning TV's darling divas, Diane Sawyer, has taken a trip to the naughty neighborhood.

"We got to talk about everything, and I loved it," Sawyer told us.

For example, who knew Eva Longoria was a burger and fries girl? "Oh, I am," she insisted. "I don't diet. I did hire a personal trainer when I found out how much lingerie I was going to be in on the show. And we did great for three weeks, and then I just haven't called him back. Sorry, Tony."

And a humble Teri Hatcher admitted to Sawyer that she wondered if she would ever work again. "She talks so emotionally with us, about what it was like to be at that point where she was looking at possibly having to sell her house, possibly having to do something else," Sawyer revealed.

Hatcher won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy, but she says the show's a hit because of the chemistry between the cast: "There can be individual, strong, equal but unique, significant women's personalities that blend to create something great, instead of competing to crumble each other."

"What I do believe is that this is an amazingly supportive team," Sawyer observed.

But before the TV titan left the neighborhood, Nicolette Sheridan made one thing clear to Diane: "I hope she knows there's only room for one blonde around here."

   1st February 2005 - Why I'm getting Desperate

Source : This is London

You would think finding a man must be easy when you're a Golden Globe winner and the star of the latest hottest TV show.

So listening to Teri Hatcher, star of Desperate Housewives, recount tales of how her love life is every bit as disastrous as her screen character Susan Mayer's comes as quite a surprise.

And yet the beautiful 40-year-old insists there are many parallels between her and the accidentprone single mum she plays in the American TV series.

'Susan's like my soul mate when it comes to men and dating,' she insists, a few days after her Golden Globe success (she won best actress in a TV comedy).

'Instead of princes falling into our laps, we're usually getting stuck with frogs.'

Hatcher has been single since 2003, when her seven-year marriage to American actor Jon Tenney collapsed because of 'irreconcilable differences'.

Since then, she has been struggling to bring up her sevenyearold daughter Emerson Rose while dipping a tentative toe into the dating pool. But, like Susan, she has had little success. Indeed, it appears there has been no man her life for quite some time.

'It's been ages since I last had sex,' she says candidly. 'Since I'm working long hours, I don't even have time to meet guys, much less get asked out on a date.

'I happen to enjoy sex just as much as I enjoy feeling close to a man on every other level, so, yes, there is a definite level of anxiety that comes with being single. I do feel lonely at times.'

While her screen character Susan involves her daughter Julie in all her dating decisions, Teri feels very protective towards her only child and says this is one of the reasons she has shied away from potential suitors.

'I feel very strongly about never bringing a man close to my daughter in my home,' she admits. 'I think it is too confusing and it would be too much for her.'

It's little wonder then that fortysomethings everywhere will identify with Hatcher. The fact that a former pin-up, and a Bond girl to boot, also struggles with all the dilemmas thrown up by the modern dating scene must be comforting.

SO, TOO, is the fact that this once universally desired woman (in 1996 a sexy picture of her clad only in a Superman cape was the most downloaded image of the year) no longer has admirers pounding at her door.

'Well, they may be pounding at something, but they are not in my neighbourhood,' she says, then explodes with naughty giggles. And she makes an assertion that surely marks her out as a worthy successor to the Sex And The City throne. 'I'm just thankful I have some fancy electronics around the house.'

She laughs. 'People seem shocked by that, but I guarantee you that most women in their 30s or 40s have an electronic friend somewhere within reach for those long, lonely nights, and that applies whether you are married or single.'

It's not all jokes, though. Her new single status has made Hatcher think about the time when she was fending men off - and she has realised that those weren't particularly happy times either.

'Before I was married, I was depressed because of the way I felt some men were using me.

'It's like you get known as this sex babe, and a lot of guys are anxious to go out with you so they can say they are hot studs who have dated you. It's kind of sickening, but it's exactly what happens in Hollywood.

'So even when I was 30 and supposedly a hot date, it was never a very happy time for me. I guess it's the old story about the nice guys being too shy to ask you out for a date - and you wind up with the fearless predators instead.'

She is only too aware of how perilous it is to be famed for your figure rather than any acting ability. Now she jokes about her body and particularly the breasts which were once deemed so perfect that there was a television debate about whether they were real or not.

'I think they should have been cast in bronze at some point because there was so much hysteria surrounding them,' she laughs. 'I suppose you could have worse compliments, but you don't want to get stuck in people's minds just for having a nice body.

'It's a contradiction because being attractive is a way of getting recognition and it can lead to a lot of work, but at some point you've got to convince people that you can do more than just play a sultry femme fatale kind of character.

'You try so hard to overcome a certain image, and you are never sure that you're appreciated for your work rather than your boobs and legs. It can be pretty frustrating if you still feel very good about your looks and very sexy, but there's no man around to appreciate you.'

While most actors like to play down the similarities between themselves and their screen characters, Hatcher does nothing of the sort. And it's not just her love life which echoes that of her screen alter ego Susan.

The morning after she won a Golden Globe award, Hatcher had what she describes as another of her 'Susan moments'. Leaving her hotel in de rigueur dark glasses, and exhausted after a night of partying, she swanned out into the sunshine, her head held high.

Unfortunately the Hollywood poise lasted only as long as it took to collide with a glass door.

'I thought the glass doors were open and I went charging, full steam ahead. I ploughed right into them and hit my head hard,' she giggles. 'The first thing I thought was: "That's it. I am Susan now." '

She can, of course, afford to laugh. The clear parallels between her and single mum Susan Mayer won her the part - and, as a result, her wilting career is back on track, with talk of her being the next Sarah Jessica Parker.

It's a remarkable turnaround. Just a year ago, she was wondering if she would ever work again.

Her notoriety and fame as Lois Lane in the 1990s TV series Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman were long since over, and she was struggling to reconcile herself to the realisation that retirement at 40 is a fact of life for many American actresses.

'I was definitely C-list, maybe lower,' she admits. 'You can't imagine how awful it is when the phone stops ringing and you're not even able to go up for bad parts.'

She admits she has to take some of the blame for this by making the decision (unheard of in Hollywood) to put her acting career on hold to be a stay-at-home mother to her daughter, Emerson.

In the late 1990s, at the peak of her fame, it was tantamount to career suicide, but she stuck to her guns and turned down every part she was offered for five years.

'I never thought of it as brave, it was just something I had to do,' she says. 'My mother worked from the time I was three months old and I was an only child with babysitters. I didn't want to bring up a child that way.

'I wanted to breast-feed. I wanted to do everything myself. I still do. Recently, I baked 300 cookies for Emerson's school. Somebody said: "Should someone else do this? You're so busy." But I said: "There is always time for baking." '

TWO years ago, when her marriage was disintegrating, Hatcher realised that she needed to be earning money of her own again. But she quickly found the number of parts for women in their late 30s was few and far between.

No wonder it felt like winning the lottery when the script for Desperate Housewives fell in her lap.

'All it takes is one good film or series and suddenly your career is on fire and you're not worried about where your life is going any more. Because when things aren't going well in your career, it starts to depress you.

'That's the worst part about being an actor. You begin to believe you are a worthless human being when things aren't going the way you expected them to.

'You know you shouldn't equate your own identity with your work, but it is hard not to. But now I've got another chance.'

What is particularly satisfying is that this 'other chance' arrived just in time for her 40th birthday.

'Things were looking so bleak for me last year. That's why I'm so glad that I turned 40 this year and not the previous one, because it would have been very depressing.

'Now, suddenly, it's like being on the top of the world, and everyone is congratulating me and I feel like laughing all the time.'

Hatcher spent her birthday party drinking champagne till 4am with the rest of the cast of Desperate Housewives.

Fittingly, the night ended in another 'Susan moment' - when she broke her toe during some particularly enthusiastic dancing.

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