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   30 July 2005 - Tuned In: 'Housewives' will be just as desperate in second season

Source : Post Gazette

As the wisteria blooms anew, the women of "Desperate Housewives" will find themselves in new complicated and comedic situations this fall -- not that series creator Marc Cherry is willing to spoil much of the fun.

Here's what we do know:

Bree (Marcia Cross) will do battle with her mother-in-law (Shirley Knight) over funeral plans for her late husband, Rex (Steven Culp), who will be seen in flashbacks, including an episode about how all the families came to live on Wisteria Lane.

Lynette (Felicity Huffman) will return to the work force, and her new employer (Joely Fisher) will be quite a witch.

Susan's ex-husband (Richard Burgi) will play a more prominent role this season.

Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) will finally get a new home, rebuilt since the fire in the series premiere. Her 7-year-old son will also appear.

Felicia Tilman (Harriet Sansom Harris) survived being attacked by Zach (Cody Kasch) and is recovering in the hospital.

Hottie gardener John (Jesse Metcalfe) will leave the neighborhood while Metcalfe films a movie. Cherry would like to bring back hottie gardener No. 2, Justin (Ryan Carnes), if he can find a story for him.

Paul Young (Mark Moses), last seen at the mercy of Mike Delfino (Jamie Denton), "will be gone for a while," Cherry said, "and then he'll make a surprising return."

Andrew Van De Kamp (Shawn Pyfrom) threatened to do something terrible to his mother, Bree, but that won't happen until January.

As for some of the show's May cliffhangers, those will be resolved early in season two, especially what happened in Mike's house when he arrived home as Zach held Susan (Teri Hatcher) at gunpoint.

"The first couple of minutes of the first episode will resolve all that in a fun and exciting way," Cherry said. "We spend the whole first episode getting into the story between Mike and her and the new information he learned at the end of last season."

The first season almost had a completely different end, but Cherry said his initial idea was nixed by ABC.

"I can't tell you about that. It was so controversial, people would write about it if it was brought up," Cherry said. "Maybe when season six rolls around and [ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson] has been promoted to running Disney, he won't notice and I'll slip it in on him."

The new season will also feature scenes with new neighbor Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard) that were shot for the season finale but had to be cut for time.

"We had a different actress in mind, a white actress, and that deal fell through," Cherry said. Someone mentioned Woodard, and Cherry was hooked on the idea. "Alfre is a little bit older than our gals, but she just has a stunning face."

In addition to Woodard, there are rumors that "Dancing With the Stars" winner Kelly Monaco will appear on "Desperate Housewives," based on a TV interview in which Cherry was simply trying to be polite.

"I'd never seen her act, I've only seen her dance. ... My first response was, 'That would be great,' because I don't want to ever be rude, to say, 'I wouldn't have someone on my show,' but the truth is, I don't really know her work."

Cherry said there are no characters Monaco's age to be cast at the moment.

At an earlier gathering in the press tour, the women of the '80s prime-time soap "Knots Landing" marveled at the success of "Housewives." Cherry said he had breakfast with Donna Mills recently, and she pitched the idea of playing Sheridan's mother.

"All those actresses on 'Knots Landing' are so talented," he said. "If the right part comes, I'd be happy to work with any of them."

With the story hurtling forward, some characters will be left behind, but it may not be forever.

"My hope is it's a universe, and people drift out and sometimes they drift back in again," Cherry said. "Just because someone leaves doesn't mean they can't show up in some other way."

In the past year, Cherry has gone from unemployed writer to show runner of the hottest series on TV. He was even recognized by a concession-stand clerk at a Los Angeles movie theater last weekend. His mother, whom Cherry has said was the inspiration for Bree, gained notoriety, too.

"When the glare of the spotlight started to spill over on her, for about two days she was kind of enjoying it, Cherry said. "On the third day, she was like, 'OK, enough, I don't want to do any more interviews,' which is a sentence I never thought I would hear my own mother say."

   29 July 2005 - Housewives show their love

Source : Sky Showbiz

Shock, horror... it seems that it's not all handbags at dawn on the set of Desperate Housewives.

Two of the stars of the show have made a very definite point of posing together, looking like the best of buddies - but someone was missing.

Marcia Cross, who plays uptight Bree, and Felicity Huffman, who stars as scatty mum Lynette, embraced and joked together as they posed for photographers at ABC's TCA party in Hollywood.

The others girls from the show were also there - although they didn't indulge in any sort of group hug... but there was one notable exception.

The main star of the show, Teri Hatcher, didn't rock up - but perhaps she was otherwise engaged...

There have been constant rumours that the girls on the hit show just don't get on... with tears and tantrums being reported at a Vanity Fair shoot earlier in the year.

There was some sort of angst over Teri getting first choice of which swimming costume to wear (although apparently she did turn up first) and some disagreement over who should sit where in the shoot.

But at least it was all smiles and cuddles between Marcia and Felicity - although bless Felicity, as our gallery shows, she does love to lark about...

See her and a host of other TV stars as they turn up to party.

   28 July 2005 - 'Desperate' stars dazzle with ease

Source : Hello Magazine

The Desperate Housewives were looking decidedly unflustered when they took to the red carpet in Los Angeles this week. In stark contrast to their frustrated onscreen characters, the girls from Wisteria Lane seemed positively ecstatic at a glitzy party thrown by American TV network ABC.

Eva Longoria, who was her usual sultry self in a strapless satin number, was eager to show off her new beau, statuesque basketball star Tony Parker. And Felicity Huffman, who plays put-upon homemaker Lynette, was likewise having rather more fun than her small screen persona. The 42-year-old actress and her movie star husband William H Macy struck some playful poses for the photographers who greeted them as they arrived for the event.

Nicolette Sheridan meanwhile played up to her femme fatale image in head-to-toe black and stiletto shoes, while Teri Hatcher presented a more angelic approach with an elegant white ensemble. Also in attendance was flame-haired beauty Marcia Cross, who made the most of her famous locks with a turquoise, ethnic-style top.

The one thing all five of the performers were wearing was a broad smile. And they have plenty of reason to be happy, as their hit series, which continues to dominate the ratings, has just been named Series of the Year by the Television Critics' Association. Indeed Desperate Housewives has become so popular with US TV fans that organisers of the Golden Globes are considering rescheduling the ceremony so it won't clash with the show.

   28 July 2005 - The Summer of 'Desperate' Love!

Source : ETOnline

It's been one steamy summer for the sirens of "Desperate Housewives." MARCIA CROSS is taken, EVA LONGORIA has finally seemed to settle down with a superstar beau, San Antonio Spurs TONY PARKER, while NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN is planning her wedding to NICK SODERBLOM. But Wednesday night it was all about TV drama -- as the cast celebrated season two of their red-hot series at an ABC bash!

Eva, who was arm in arm with beau Tony for the second night in a row, set the wedding record straight! "We just started dating so I think it would be a little weird to be engaged," she tells our KEVIN FRAZIER.

Quashing all engagement rumors, Eva advises to not believe everything you read. "Tabloids do that all the time," she says of starting gossip. "You date and they're like 'When are you getting married? When are you getting married?' Then you get married and they're like, 'When are they getting divorced?' So you can't believe anybody."

Although there are no marriage plans for Marcia, she does admit she's way serious about her boyfriend of nearly a year. "It's wonderful," she says of being in love. "I have yet to be a desperate housewife in real life!"

And TERI HATCHER says finding love can be difficult, no matter who you are. "I think it's rare," she says. "The right connection is rare so when you have it you should take care of that."

The girls have already shot the first episode, and single mom Teri revealed that the scripts are simply, "great ... for me even, they are just complete page turners!"

FELICITY HUFFMAN is married to WILLIAM H. MACY in real-life and she let us know that on the show the tables will be turning with TV hubby DOUG SAVANT, who will now become a stay-at-home dad: "I'm going back to work, I'm out of smeary button downs, I'm into power suits now!"

Other desperate dish? Also joining the cast is ALFRE WOODARD, who moved into the neighborhood in the final episode of season one.

"I can't say anything except that she is a piano teacher -- nudge, nudge, wink, wink -- and we are really lucky to have her," Felicity concludes.

   28 July 2005 - 'Housewives' Drop Season Two Secrets

Source : ExtraTV

It was a starry night in Hollywood, as ABC's "Desperate Housewives" celebrated the upcoming season and talked about how good it is to be desperate.

"You just feel so good at the end of the day, like you just ran a big race," Teri Hatcher said of being part of the ABC hit.

Well, the race is back on for the ladies, and Nicollette Sheridan even revealed the direction she'd like her character Edie to go next season: "Hopefully she can nail Mehcad [Brooks'] character, Matthew."

But it seems Sheridan's character will be busy ruining other relationships on the show, including torturing Susan with her ex-husband.

In addition to these spoilers, look forward to new cast member Joely Fisher to shake things up as Felicity Huffman's new boss. "I'm glad to be on a show now that my friends say, 'Oh my God, I can't believe you're on that show, I watch it,'" Fisher admitted.

And if she's lucky, Joely might even be added to the keepsake that Brenda Strong made for the ladies. "It's Marsha and Eva and Teri and Felicity and Nicollette and myself," Strong showed us. "It's a charm bracelet that I gave all the girls at the end of last season."

Yes, the perks are rolling in. But despite being the hottest "Housewives" in the world, don't look for any divas in the crowd. "It's been a long time since anyone's dropped grapes in my mouth," Hatcher joked.

Yep, it's definitely good to be desperate!

   28 July 2005 - Eva Longoria Puts Engagement Rumors to Rest

Source : ExtraTV

"Desperate Housewife" Eva Longoria and her boyfriend, NBA star Tony Parker, have been the center of wild rumors recently. But now, for the first time, the couple is sitting down together to talk about their big romance.

Longoria and Parker enjoyed each other's company Wednesday night at the ABC Critics' Association Party in Hollywood, where Longoria told us, "He plays a long season and it interferes with a lot of my stuff I have here, so it's nice to have him here."

"Her world is way crazier than my world," Parker added.

And Longoria sent out a personal message to those pesky paparazzi: "You're ruining it for us!"

The couple was also eager to set one huge rumor straight: they are not engaged. "The only ring that we have is his championship ring," Longoria said. "I have no ring."

However, Longoria is making sure that nothing gets lost in translation between her and the French-speaking Parker, so she's recently taken up learning French.

The actress also revealed that she's looking forward to shedding her sexy TV image when her character Gabrielle is pregnant next season on the ABC hit. "I don't want to be in lingerie anymore," Longoria admitted. "I'm tired of working out and trying to stay in shape."

See how Eva changes shape on the next season of "Desperate Housewives," which premieres on ABC September 25.

   27 July 2005 - 'Housewives' Fans: Brace For More Death On Wisteria Lane

Source : NBC

Why is it people keep dying on Wisteria Lane?

The creator of "Desperate Housewives" tells "Inside TV" someone will be murdered in the premiere of season two.

It won't be Mike, even though Zach wants to kill him.

"Inside TV" said there's a chance that John, the hunky gardener, might be killed off later in the season.

Word is it has to do with the fact that he'll wind up in the same cellblock as Carlos, who will find a way to get even with John for sleeping with Gabrielle.

Want more? "Inside TV" said Bree develops terrible insomnia and her friends think she's suicidal when she wants more sleeping pills and Edie's 6-year-old son will come for a visit.

And, Maisy Gibbons will be back on Wisteria Lane after serving time for prostitution.

Season two of "Desperate Housewives" begins Sept. 25.


Source : National Enquirer

The creator of Desperate Housewives is organizing a luxury retreat for warring cast members, hoping they will forgive and forget their feuds before filming starts on the new season.

The National Enquirer learned of the peace attempt as two of the five actresses were snubbed in the Emmy nominations.

Concerned over the bad blood between Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan and Felicity Huffman, writer-producer Marc Cherry has offered them a weekend together in Palm Springs, Cal. "Marc, who's considered the resident guru for good behavior on the set, wants to jump-start the new filming with a positive vibe," said a showbiz insider. "He hopes gathering the cast at a relaxing, off-set site will help them all work through the stress and pressure of the all-important second season."

Although the show was nominated for 15 Emmys, Nicollette and Eva failed to make the running for the best actress award, which is sure to create even more jealousy among the women, who have already fallen out over salaries, photo-shoots and center-folds. The insider said: "Who knows if everyone will even be willing to attend the getaway."

The retreat — meant to be a close secret — will be held at The Lodge in Rancho Mirage, two hours outside L.A. In an attempt to get the stars to bond, partners are not invited and the women will be told they can't leave the hotel for 48 hours.

"Marc feels the group needs low-key down time together before the chaos sets in," said the insider. "The show is hot, everyone is making a lot of money — but if the actresses hate each other so much there's no chemistry on the set, there's no way it's going to last."

   25 July 2005 - Secrets from 'Desperate Housewives' & 'Lost'

Source : ETOnline

When "Desperate Housewives" begins airing its second season on ABC this fall, FELICITY HUFFMAN, who plays Lynette, won't be a housewife any more. She is headed back to the work force and her hubby will play Mr. Mom.

"What can I tell you?" she says when asked for some season two spoilers. "I get to wear some better clothes. I get to wear some rockin' suits. And Tom (DOUG SAVANT) gets to wear pajamas covered in jam, so I think it is a fair trade."

Lynette's new boss will be played by JOELY FISHER, who appears in the first episode. Felicity has nothing but praise for the new cast member. "I have to say she cleaned the stage with me as we say in the theater," Felicity shares. "She wiped me out of there. I said, 'Wow!'"

Also joining the cast is ALFRE WOODARD, who moved into the neighborhood in the final episode of season one.

"I can't say anything except that she is a piano teacher -- nudge, nudge, wink, wink -- and we are really lucky to have her," she concludes.

Someone who has been "Lost" will be found again when MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ joins the cast for season two. ET caught up with series star EVANGELINE LILLY, who plays Kate, to try to get the inside scoop for the new season.

"There are 45 people on the island," she points out. "How many of them have you seen? She could wash up, or she could be sent from the heavens above. Who knows? On this show, it could be anything. Maybe she pops out of a birthday cake in a bikini!"

When last (and first) seen, Michelle was at the airport bar getting ready to board the tail section of the plane, so maybe series creator J.J. ABRAMS will clue us in as to what happened to those in the rear following the crash.

In the meantime, Evangeline is enjoying her first job as an actress, especially all the action sequences.

"We do a lot of our own stunts," she reveals. "We all enjoy the activity. When I had to do that gun-slinging scene in the bank, I had two stuntmen with me, coaching me along as I did it. But it is something that I take to really well. I love being aggressive and doing something that is a little more macho."

   24 July 2005 - Housewives gains critics' award

Source : BBC News

Comedy drama Desperate Housewives has been named the programme of the year at the US Television Critics Association award in Los Angeles.

Lost, a drama about plane crash survivors marooned on a desert island, won two awards, including outstanding achievement in drama.

The programme is due to start in the UK on Channel 4 shortly.

British actor Hugh Laurie won an acting award for House, while BBC America's The Office Special was also honoured.

British actors

The Television Critics's Association, which was founded in 1978, includes more than 200 reporters and columnists in the US and Canada's print media.

Desperate Housewives, which has proved a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, gained 15 Emmy nominations earlier this month, with three of its main stars vying for best actress.

Hugh Laurie is nominated for his role in House, while The Office Special is also in the running for an Emmy award.

Other British actors who also figure in the nominations are Ian McShane and Kenneth Branagh.

Will And Grace and Everybody Loves Raymond have also been nominated heavily for the Emmys, which will be decided at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on 18 September.

   23 July 2005 - TV Critics Salute 'Housewives,' 'Lost'

Source : Zap2It

If ABC's most famous housewives were only desperate for critical attention, they can finally rest easy. "Desperate Housewives" and its ABC counterpart "Lost" dominated Saturday (July 23) night's Television Critics Association Awards.

The TCA voted "Housewives" the program of the year. Although the series, heavily toasted with Emmy nominations early this month, received the association's top honor, it lost out to "Lost" in the outstanding new program category. "Lost" also took the series award for outstanding achievement in drama at the ceremony, which was hosted by Craig Ferguson.

New shows ruled the 21st annual gala, held at the Beverly Hilton. In addition to the key prizes garnered by "Lost" and "Housewives," Hugh Laurie, star of FOX's "House," won for individual achievement in drama.

Jon Stewart, whose Comedy Central series "The Daily Show," won a surprise TCA award last year for outstanding achievement in news and information, was back on more solid footing with the individual achievement in drama prize. The series comedy nod went to "Arrested Development," the second year in a row that the FOX series has led the category.

The night's career achievement award went to venerable comic Bob Newhart.

Here's a full list of winners:

Program of the Year: "Desperate Housewives," ABC
Outstanding drama: "Lost," ABC
Outstanding comedy: "Arrested Development," FOX
Outstanding movie, miniseries or special: "The Office Special," BBC America
Outstanding new program: "Lost"
Outstanding achievement in news and information: "Frontline," PBS
Outstanding children's program: "Degrassi: The Next Generation," The N
Individual achievement in drama: Hugh Laurie, "House," FOX
Individual achievement in comedy: Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central
Career achievement award: Bob Newhart
Heritage award: "Nightline," ABC

   22 July 2005 - Eva Talks NBA Love and Emmy Snub

Source : ExtraTV

It seems everyone is desperately seeking details about hot "Housewife" Eva Longoria, but only "Extra" is sitting down with the star to talk about everything from her basketball boyfriend to her recent Emmy snub.

Longoria also told our Dayna Devon about her new passion: helping kids with cancer, which has been a cause close to the actress' heart long before she became a "Desperate Housewife."

Longoria is now the national spokeswoman for Padres Contra el Cancer, and she's bringing her NBA champ boyfriend, Tony Parker, into the battle with a visit to The Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles.

Eva Longoria: I love being around children, and I know the impact [Tony] has on signing someone's t-shirt.

Dayna Devon: Speaking of Tony, I know that a lot of times you can't talk to someone without being romantically linked to them. But you said this time they got it right?

EL: They got it right.

DD: What made you say that about him this time?

EL: Well, that's a good question. It was getting to a point where I am linked to my gay friends, I am linked to my co-stars, and it gets to a point where you can't even go to dinner with a friend. Anybody you are seen talking to, you are having a relationship with. And unfortunately, our society believes if it's written, it's true, and that's insane.

But it's clear that Eva is crazy in love with her Frenchman boyfriend, who plays for her hometown basketball team.

EL: He plays the piano. We have a good time and don't care what's written or what's going on.

DD: And he's French? Marry him, for Gods sake.

EL: Well, supposedly we are engaged.

DD: But you're not?

EL: We're not.

But Longoria did reveal that when she's not learning her lines for "Desperate Housewives," she's busy brushing up on her French.

EL: I have to. I mean his whole family speaks French, and all his friends are French, and I want to be in the conversation. I am going to have to get with it.

DD: Okay, so I have to ask. Were you disappointed that you didn't get an Emmy nomination?

EL: No, I didn't expect it at all. I'm new; I just arrived. They have to get to know you. I think Marcia, Felicity and Teri are so well deserved. They all called me the next day, and they couldn't have been sweeter about it. I think Lead Actress Comedy is the hardest category.

   21 July 2005 - The 'Desperate Housewives' Face Off

Source : ETOnline

"Desperate Housewives" MARCIA CROSS and NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN are fighting -- but is it over a man? They head to the supermarket to face off!

The pretty pair team up for a fun commercial for the new 7-UP Plus®. In the colorful TV ad, the gals have their eyes on the prize!

"She really wants to fight over the boy," Nicollette tells our KEVIN FRAZIER about co-star Marcia.

"Let's just talk about who gets the guy in this commercial, okay?" Marcia says, revealing a tidbit from the spot.

"I've gotta give them up every once in a while!" Nicollette quips.

The premise of the commercial, debuting this September, is that strong women need 7-UP Plus® with calcium and fruit juice. "I love the uncola," Nicollette says. "It is my favorite drink so this is an opportunity to stock up on all three flavors."

The women divulge which flavor their famous characters would choose. "Edie would definitely like cherry," Nicollette says.

And for Marcia's conservative Ms. Van De Kamp? "Bree? Island Fruit!"

While not shooting commercials, the gals, who are already back at work for season two, are celebrating their many Emmy nominations! The popular show garnered a whopping 15 nods, including one for Best Comedy.

   21 July 2005 - Kelly Monaco: A 'Desperate' Diva?

Source : Access Hollywood

Could "Dancing" and "Desperate" go hand in hand?

In an interview with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush, "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry talked about the possibility of "Dancing With the Stars" winner Kelly Monaco making an appearance on the hit ABC dramedy.

When Bush asked Cherry if he would be out of his mind to assume that Monaco will appear on "Desperate Housewives," the producer laughed and replied, "You would not be out of your mind."

Cherry says that Monaco caught his eye during her victorious run on "Dancing With the Stars."

"I thought she did an amazing job dancing on that big finale," he said. "I think she's great. I haven't started to think of how to fit her into Wisteria Lane, but she's awfully talented."

When Access Hollywood's Tony Potts asked Monaco about appearing on the show, the "General Hospital" star played coy.

"We'll see," she said. "I can't say anything, I'm sworn to secrecy."

   17 July 2005 - Why no nod in Eva's direction?

Source : USA Today

She's the breakout beauty of ABC's Desperate Housewives. She has landed a L'Oréal contract, the No. 1 position on Maxim's Hot 100 list, a role in the 2006 thriller The Sentinel and the covers of multiple magazines. But when it comes to acting awards, Eva Longoria can't get a break.

Of the 15 Emmy nominations her show earned last week (including honors for best comedy actress for Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman), Longoria was the most glaring omission. At the ceremony Sept. 18, Longoria, 30, will have to assume that same "team player" smile she donned at January's Golden Globe Awards, where her fortysomething co-stars first competed without her.

Adding salt to her wound this time: Actresses Lupe Ontiveros (who played Longoria's mother-in-law) and Kathryn Joosten (neighbor Mrs. McClusky) earned Emmy nominations for their guest-starring roles.

"I don't know if it's because she's the youngest or so incredibly gorgeous or because the other women have been kicking around for longer and have a lot of (voting) friends in the industry who are so happy they've caught a second wave," says series creator Marc Cherry, who notes that Sex and the City's Kristin Davis had to wait until the show's final season to join her multiple-Emmy-nominated co-stars.

"I'd bet Eva was the sixth nominee, just a couple of votes behind someone else." (The other nominees: Everybody Loves Raymond's Patricia Heaton and Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek.)

Award analyst Tom O'Neil of GoldDerby.com says Cherry might be responsible for the Emmy snubs of Longoria and supporting actress Nicollette Sheridan by writing them as bed-hopping hussies. "Ironically, hedonist Hollywood may be making the floozies pay for their sins," O'Neil says.

Even though the women submitted themselves in the comedy category, O'Neil says Longoria's comic-relief role could count against her. "Her role has less emotional depth than (the others)."

To that, Cherry promises something monumental for Longoria's character, Gabrielle. "I'm going to work a little harder this season to make sure she has some fantastic scenes just to try to fix this horrendous error," he vows.

Speaking for Longoria, who is vacationing in China, her publicist, Liza Anderson, says: "Eva knows her time will come for an Emmy. She has two movies under her belt (Sentinel, plus Hard Times co-starring Christian Bale) and is well on her way to becoming a major film star."

O'Neil and Cherry say she might have had a better shot had she submitted herself in the supporting-actress category. But, Cherry says, "there still would have been no guarantee."

Longoria will at least be spared having to take part in the next potentially tricky phase of the competition: submitting an entire episode.

The Housewives women will have to choose carefully, trying to showcase their own talents more than their competitors.

Says O'Neil: "If Felicity Huffman submits a tape with really good Marcia Cross scenes, she could be in trouble."

   14 July 2005 - Emmy Noms Look "Desperate"

Source : EOnline

The women of Wisteria Lane--or, most of them anyway--should be feeling a little less desperate after being shown the love of 15 Emmy nominations Thursday.

Desperate Housewives, TV's most watched new series of the 2004-05 season, now becomes TV's most nominated series in the race for the 57th Annual Primetime Emmys. It is a title shared with NBC's Will & Grace, which despite declining ratings scored nods for all of its stars (save Debra Messing), and several of its game stunt-casting participants. Only the HBO made-for-TV movies, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Warm Springs, hoarded more nominations--16 each--as the award-show field was announced at a predawn press conference in North Hollywood, California.

Though not short on drama, ABC's suburbia-skewering Housewives is competing as a comedy. As such, stars Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman will vie for Lead Comedy Series Actress honors against Everybody Loves Raymond's Patricia Heaton, a past winner, and Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek, a six-time nominee.

Absent from the lineup: Eva Longoria. As at the Golden Globes, Longoria was the only Desperate Housewives leading lady not to bag a nomination. Come the fall, she'll sit on the sidelines with Nicollette Sheridan, a Supporting Actress nominee at the Globes but a fellow snubee at the Emmys.

Having better luck than Longoria and Sheridan: The retired Everybody Loves Raymond, going out in style with 13 nominations; ABC's Lost, last season's other It show, finding 12 nominations, including ones for supporting castaways Naveen Andrews and Terry O'Quinn; and HBO, winning network bragging rights with a league-leading 93 nominations.

As a series, Housewives has a berth in the Best Comedy race alongside defending champ Arrested Development. The other contenders: Everybody Loves Raymond; Will & Grace; and Scrubs, the first time the Nielsen-challenged comedy has made the cut.

o Complete list of contenders

In the race for Lead Actor in a Drama Series race,Hugh Laurie breaks through with a nomination for dispensing bad bedside manner in House. Huff's Hank Azaria, Deadwood's Ian McShane, Boston Legal's James Spader, and 24's Kiefer Sutherland are his competition. Only Spader, the reigning winner, and Sutherland are holdovers from last year.

Though new shows and new stars were the order of the day, House couldn't crack the Best Drama Series field--nor could Grey's Anatomy, TV's other big new medical hit. Lost was the lone freshman series to make the cut. It's joined by Six Feet Under, 24, The West Wing and Deadwood, the other category newcomer. M.I.A.s include: The Sopranos, which didn't have any new episodes for Emmy voters to judge; and, CSI, which did, but didn't get a nomination here anyway.

Patricia Arquette earns her first ever Emmy nod, registering in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Medium's medium will test her powers against veteran nominees Glenn Close (The Shield), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Jennifer Garner (Alias) and Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU).

Monk's Tony Shalhoub is the last 2004 nominee standing in the Lead Comedy Series Actor race. Slots filled last year by Larry David, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc and the late John Ritter have been taken over by Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Zach Braff (Scrubs), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond).

"It's very exciting," Jason Bateman told E! shortly after his nomination was announced. Currently at work on a big-screen comedy with Braff, Bateman joked that he's "probably going to elect not to talk" to his opposition.

In the battle of the reality competition shows, it'll be The Amazing Race seeking to continue its somewhat-amazing winning streak against American Idol, The Apprentice, Survivor and Project Runway.

If the votes are with them, Garner and new husband Ben Affleck will have matching mantle pieces. While she's up for Alias, he and Oscar pal Matt Damon are up for a Reality Program Emmy for Project Greenlight. Their show's competition: Antiques Roadshow, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Penn & Teller: Bulls--t! and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

In the battle of the HBO TV movies, Lackawanna Blues, executive produced by double-Emmy nominee Halle Berry (she's also nominated as a Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Their Eyes Were Watching God), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Warm Springs will try to fend off BBC America's The Office Special and TNT's The Wool Cap for Best TV Movie honors.

While viewers were mostly cruel to CBS' Elvis miniseries, Emmy voters elevated it to the Outstanding Miniseries category opposite Empire Falls, The 4400 and The Lost Prince.

Jon Stewart was all over the variety categories, picking up nominations for Best Writing, Best Show and Best Host--all for The Daily Show. Saturday Night Live was the anti-Jon Stewart, shut out in all but one technical category.

David Letterman and Jay Leno traded snubs. Letterman's Late Show is up for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, along with The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Da Ali G Show--and Leno's Tonight Show isn't. Leno, meanwhile, is up for Best Host, along with Stewart, Hugh Jackman (for the 58th Annual Tony Awards), Tracey Ullman (for an HBO special) and Whoopi Goldberg (ditto)--and Letterman isn't.

Minus fresh episodes of Chappelle's Show--the last new one aired in May 2004--Dave Chappelle could have been minus Emmy nominations, but his Showtime special, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, came through in the Best Variety Special category. His far-flung competition: the 77th Annual Academy Awards; the 58th Annual Tony Awards; NBC's coverage of the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics; and the Everybody Loves Raymond retrospective, The Last Laugh. Other nomination notables:

According to the early line from the gaming site, BetWWTS.com, Teri Hatcher is first among all Desperate Housewives in the Best Lead Comedy Series Actress field. Her show is down as the best bet for Comedy Series; and, although unconventional shows tend not to fare so well come Emmy night, Lost is pegged as the lead horse in the Drama Series race.

Buzz show Entourage popped up on the Emmy radar with three nods, the highest-profile of which went to super-agent man Jeremy Piven, up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

In its first season, Friends scored nine nominations. In its first season, Friends spinoff Joey scored zero nominations.

Whatever happened to Debra Winger? She just scored her first-ever Emmy nomination--Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV movie for Dawn Anna.

Whatever happened to that kid from A Christmas Story? Peter Billingsley grew up to be an Emmy nominee for co-executive producing the Outstanding Nonfiction Series hopeful, Dinner for Five.

Once an Emmy king, ER scored just three nominations, including ones for guest stars Red Buttons and Ray Liotta. And while The West Wing came through with a Best Drama Series nomination, it managed only four others--none for its lead actors. (Alan Alda and Stockard Channing, however, were represented in the supporting categories.)

Denis Leary didn't get an acting nomination for his fire-fighting series, Rescue Me, but he did get a writing nomination for helping pen the pilot.

Quentin Tarantino won his Oscar for writing, not directing, but he can win an Emmy for helming the season finale of CSI. Rivals include former thirtysomething star Peter Horton, up for directing an episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Desperate Housewives nominees come in all genders, as male Danny Elfman, nominated for composing the main title theme, can attest.

Michael Bolton is back, and Emmy's got him. The crooner is in the game for penning the music and lyrics to "The Tears of the Angels," a song from the Lifetime documentary, Terror at Home: Domestic Violence in America.

Blythe Danner is Emmy's triple-threat. She's nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for Back When We Were Grownups, as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Huff, and as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Will & Grace.

As previously noted, the guest-star-happy Will & Grace owes much of its Emmy success to the Guest Actor categories. One-third of its nominations was for one-shot performances by Danner, Victor Garber, Jeff Goldblum, Bobby Cannavale and Alec Baldwin.

With a Drama Series Guest Actress nod for Law & Order: SVU, Angela Lansbury can now either win and break her Emmy losing streak, or lose and tie Susan Lucci for Emmy futility. (Lucci burned through 18 nominations without a single win, before finally claiming a Daytime Emmy in 1999.)

Longtime marrieds Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward scored his-and-her nominations. His was for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV-movie; hers was for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV movie--both were for their work in HBO's Empire Falls. To date, Newman is a two-time Emmy loser; Woodward is a three-time Emmy winner.

Woodward's competition is about as considerable as it gets: Oscar winners Charlize Theron (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) and Kathy Bates (Warm Springs), and Emmy-winners Jane Alexander (Warm Springs) and Camryn Manheim (Elvis).

Ossie Davis, who died in February, earns a posthumous nomination for his guest appearances on The L Word. He has three previous nods, but no previous wins.

CBS is scheduled to air the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 18 from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. No word yet on a host.

   8 July 2005 - Wisteria Lane newcomer finds `Room'

Source : Boston Herald

Martha Huber's sister is spending her summer on the Cape.

Joining the hit ABC TV show ``Desperate Housewives'' midseason as Felicia Tilman (sister to murdered blackmailer Martha), actress Harriet Sansom Harris quickly endeared herself to viewers.

And not for the first time - Harris made a similar impact on ``Frasier'' as the psychiatrist's over-the-top agent, on Broadway with her Tony award-winning turn in ``Thoroughly Modern Millie'' and off-Broadway as a variety of characters in Paul Rudnick's ``Jeffrey,'' which showcased her considerable comic skills.

You can see those skills firsthand at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, where she is starring through July 16 in A.J. Gurney's 1981 comedy ``The Dining Room'' along with Broadway actor/director Brian Murray and ``MAD TV'' regulars Michael McDonald and Stephanie Weir.

Gurney's play isa comic overview of WASP culture as seen in a series of playlets set around a dining room table.

Though born and raised in Texas, Sansom Harris feels she understands the repressed world Gurney satirizes.

``Yeah. I can relate. In my family it was, you know, keep a lid on it until you want to take a hacksaw to someone,'' she said with a laugh during a rehearsal break last week.

``For me, the play is about how the dining room has devolved to become a useless appendage,'' she continued. ``It's the room that everyone was going to do over, because who eats in the dining room anymore? But what makes it interesting to do today 20 years after it was written is that people are now trying to get back to this dining room. That there are so many valuable things that happen around the dining room table, even if it is populated by friends instead of family.''

Asked whether she is being recognized more because of her success in ``Desperate Housewives,'' Sansom Harris laughed and said, ``People do recognize me from the show, but I look like a lot of people, so I'm often mistaken for someone else, like Cherry Jones. And that's fine.''

   5 July 2005 - 'Housewife' Pandemonium Invades Europe

Source : ExtraTV

It was "Desperate Housewives" hysteria at the 45th Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival, and "Extra" joined Nicollette Sheridan, Marcia Cross and Brenda Strong for the European debut of the ABC smash hit.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind, I must say," Sheridan admitted. "We started off two weeks ago in London, just arrived from Rome a couple of days ago and voila!"

And from toasting Nicollette on a yacht to joining the ladies for a night on the Monte Carlo town, "Extra" was there every step of the way.

"You know what's great," Strong revealed. "Wherever I go, [fans] are so happy to see me alive. They're like, ‘Oh, you're not dead. You're for real.'"

But will the "Housewives" translate as well across the pond as in America? "It already has," Cross told us. "I have people coming up to me from Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Bangladesh. I'm not kidding."

And while much of the world is seeing the "Housewives" for the first time, we're already thinking about season two. But Cross didn't have any answers for us. "They don't tell me, I won't know until I read the script," she said.

While the ladies were quiet about next season, we did get the inside scoop on Nicollette and fiancé Niklas Soderblom.

"I don't know, we're thinking 2025," Sheridan joked about their wedding date. "Better late than never."

   1st July 2005 - James Denton: Hollywood Hero

Source : Access Hollywood

James Denton is most known as Wisteria Lane's mysterious plumber.

And while me may be keeping some secrets from the "Desperate Housewives," there's one thing he desperately wants people to know about – and now he's doing whatever it takes in Hollywood to get his message out.

Meet James Denton – Hollywood hero.

"One of the great things about being a part of a phenomenon like 'Desperate Housewives' is that you get to channel that crazy publicity machine and some of that attention into worthy causes," Denton told Access Hollywood.

Denton is using his newfound fame to help make a difference towards autism research efforts.

"I think I can speak for al the families who have experienced living with autism, I think they've waited long enough," the actor said at a recent "Cure Autism Now" rally.

Denton and his wife Erin O'Brien are out to raise money and awareness for the devastating condition that affects more than 1 million Americans.

"They are forced to deal with life in ways that are really difficult and have problems we don't face socially," he told us. "Social interaction and those kinds of things are really, really hard."

It was through his nephew, Aidan, that James had his first personal experience with this complex development disability. The severity can vary greatly and while his nephew is luckier than most, each day is still a struggle.

"When I saw him this morning you never would have known, in the first few minutes, that he was autistic. But then as his routine was more interrupted and more strangers were introduced, you could see everything change for him socially and it's really sad to watch them struggle and sometimes seemingly terrified," he added.

It's fair to say there's more to learn about autism than is already known. But expanding research is giving families new hope and while a cure may not be around the corner, there's an undeniable plentiful supply of love.

"You just try to be around the kids enough to figure out what makes them comfortable and really that is what it's about-- making their lives better, making them feel more comfortable in their routine and doing the things that make them happy," Denton concluded.

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