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   30 May 2005 - 'I BET IT WAS GOING TO BE ME'

Source : New York Post

REX Van De Kamp's death on the season finale of "Des perate Housewives" wasn't a total shock to Steven Culp, the actor who portrayed him.

"I had a sneaking suspicion someone was going to go," Culp, 49, tells Entertainment Weekly.

"The show's about the housewives," he says. "You got to keep them desperate."

Culp wasn't exactly thrilled to be written off TV's hottest new show, but says he understands how it works in the TV business.

"I was laying bets with the other guys in the cast it was going to be me," he says. "After I found out it was, I stopped doing that."

Culp says he learned of his "Housewives" fate in early April after the show's writers and series creator Marc Cherry decided that the Rex-Bree plotline had run its course.

The uptight Bree, played by Marcia Cross, had nursed her cheating, S&M-loving hubby through his heart attack.

She seemed to finally forgive him after his second heart attack when she learned on the season finale that Rex had died in the hospital.

Culp likens the feeling to being written off "Housewives" to being dumped by a girlfriend, but says he still feels good about his run on the show.

He says he broke the news of his "death" to his wife, Barbara Ayers (they have two kids) and his father that night by opening some wine and toasting a fine year.

"Here's the worst-case scenario: I've been on this phenomenal success. Done work I'm proud of. Made money to provide for my family. And I'm free again. That's not a bad situation," says Culp.

"If millions of people call in and say, 'How can you kill Rex?' maybe they'll make it all a hoax," he says, laughing.


   30 May 2005 - Marcia Cross' Private Pain

Source : ETOnline

"Desperate Housewives" star MARCIA CROSS is putting her fame to good use, donating her time to such causes as the Revlon® Run/Walk. She tells JANN CARL how supporting such charities is something very personal for her.

"I lost someone when I was in my early 30s, so I feel like I lost my naive virginity then," she reveals. "Things happen to people you love and they happen at any moment and at any time."

The tragic passing of her loved one left an emotional scar on the actress and now she's thrown herself headlong into supporting charities like the Revlon Run/Walk, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research. She, along with HALLE BERRY, hosted the 12th annual event.

Marcia dedicated her involvement to one of her best friends, who's recovering from breast cancer. "She's in Vancouver and I told her just two weeks ago when she was down for her birthday," she says. "She burst into tears and threw her arms around me."

Marcia tells Jann that it has made her appreciate her own life all the more. "I'm really conscious of every single day."


   27 May 2005 - The Opposite of Rex

Source : Entertainment Weekly

Before Desperate Housewives, Steven Culp was famous for being one of those ''that guy'' actors. You know: ''Look, honey, there's that guy from...[fill in the blank].'' In Culp's case, that blank could be JAG, The West Wing, Star Trek: Enterprise — three shows among dozens the journeyman character actor has passed through over the past decade. His résumé also contains its share of Important Roles, most notably turns as Robert Kennedy in both HBO's Norma Jean and Marilyn and the big screen's Thirteen Days in 2000. ''It's the face,'' says the 49-year-old Culp, pointing to his clean-shaven Everyman's mug. ''I'm a one-man rep company.''

But with the death of his sad-sack sex fetishist Dr. Rex Van De Kamp in the May 22 season finale of Desperate Housewives (presumably the victim of a vengeful pharmacist's pill switcheroo), Culp's fuzzy kind of fame has solidified. And so begins a new chapter — there's that S&M guy from Desperate Housewives.

Culp says he wasn't shocked to learn Rex would end up making Bree (Marcia Cross) a widow. ''I had a sneaking suspicion someone was going to go,'' says the actor during a hushed-voiced interview at an L.A. coffee shop 10 days before Rex's televised demise. ''I was laying bets with the other guys in the cast it was going to be me. After I found out it was, I stopped doing that.''

Culp got the news in early April after the show's staff had decided that the arc of the Van De Kamps' tumultuous marriage had run its course. ''As we neared the end of season 1, our plan was that each woman would enter a new life chapter,'' says coexecutive producer Kevin Murphy. ''Gabrielle would learn to function without Carlos, Susan and Mike would build their relationship, Lynette would go back to work, and Bree would become a single woman. We either had to have Rex divorce her or die, and we already did the coma with Mama Solis.'' Culp says he understood. ''The show's about the housewives,'' he says. ''You got to keep them desperate.''

Nonetheless, Culp felt the sting. He even uses the getting-dumped-by-a-girlfriend analogy. And yet, he broke the news of his unemployment to his wife (Barbara Ayers, with whom he has two children) and father that night by opening some wine and toasting a fine year. ''Here's the worst-case scenario: I've been on this phenomenal success. Done work I'm proud of. Made money to provide for my family. And I'm free again. That's not a bad situation,'' says Culp, who qualifies the sentiment by adding that he may not have been so circumspect when his career was just starting.

The path to such perspective began when the Virginia-bred Culp (no relation to Robert) arrived in Hollywood in the early '90s after years of steady work on the New York stage. He thought parts in film and TV would come easy. Wrong. ''I would audition for something and they would smell it on me. Neediness. Anger,'' he says. ''I didn't work for three years.''

When he adjusted his attitude and embraced the working actor's life, Culp's ''that guy'' career took off. Bolstered by his first Bobby Kennedy portrayal, he developed a cottage industry of ''agenda-driven men'' — Speaker of the House on The West Wing, a special agent on JAG. In fact, because Rex was the total opposite of his usual take-charge guys, Culp found playing him a challenge. ''Rex was confused and lost, and it was disconcerting,'' says Culp. ''I've come out the other end feeling I'm a better actor.''

Culp is optimistic about the push Housewives can give his career — but within reason. He'd like to do more movies, would love to save himself for choice roles (nothing in the works yet), but knows he can't afford to be choosy for long. ''If millions of people call in and say, 'How can you kill Rex?' maybe they'll make it all a hoax,'' he says, laughing. ''Then I'll hit 'em for tons of money.''


   27 May 2005 - Mary Kay Kills "Desperate" Ads

Source : EOnline

Don't expect to see any pink Cadillacs cruising Wisteria Lane anytime soon.

Cosmetics-peddling giant Mary Kay is pulling out of a planned ad buy on Desperate Housewives following criticism from a conservative Christian group.

The American Family Association doesn't explicitly mention the hit ABC dramedy on its Website, afa.net, but, in a post, the group's leader, Donald E. Wildmon, questions how Mary Kay, whose company philosophy is "God first, family second and career third," could buy into a show that he says promotes infidelity, seduction and promiscuity.

Wildmon's minions apparently got the ear of the Dallas-based makeup mavens--one of the largest purveyors of cosmetic and skin-care products in the world. The Associated Press quotes a Mary Kay corporate spokesperson saying the company has rejiggered its advertising plan for this summer and fall, partially as a result of calls from concerned employees and Mary Kay customers, and "will not have Desperate Housewives in that mix."

This is not the first time the American Family Association and its Website, which bills itself as "America's Largest Pro-Family Action Site," has gone on the offensive against Desperate Housewives.

Last year, Lowe's, Tyson Foods and Kellogg's were among the advertisers who reportedly pulled their ad dollars from Housewives after receiving emails, letters and phone calls from angry AFA members.

"The show is not consistent with our core values, which focus on operating with integrity and trust in all we do," Tyson spokesman Gary Michaelson said in October after confirming his company's move away from Wisteria Lane.

Aside from placating its customer core, Mary Kay's pullout will also save the company some big bucks.

The trade magazine Advertising Age reported the asking price for a 30-second spot on Desperate Housewives jumped from an initial $150,000 to $300,000 once the show became a runaway hit. That figure is expected to climb again for the fall season.


   24 May 2005 - Open Questions On 'Desperate Housewives'

Source : Access Hollywood

The desperate divas of Wisteria Lane have brought their first season to a smashing close. So what's in store for Year Two for ABC's hit melodrama from the 'burbs?

With viewers reeling from cliffhangers, there's nothing to do between now and fall but ponder what twists might lie ahead.

A biggie: Will Bree (Marcia Cross) be a grieving widow? Is her husband, Rex (Steven Culp, shown left), really dead? If so, will she have to defend herself against accusations by Rex's doctor that she _ in the past a vengeful, cheated-on wife _ was responsible for his death?

Or was the phone call she got from the doctor on the eve of Rex's heart surgery (after a tender reconciliation scene in his hospital room) some sort of ruse? Reminder: The audience saw no death scene and no body. When has "Desperate Housewives" exercised restraint without an ulterior motive?

Meanwhile, viewers know there's another suspect for Rex's malady, fatal or not: Bree's creepy suitor, George. He's a lovesick, jealously obsessed pharmacist who tampered with Rex's medication for weeks. Or did he?

With the explanation of the mystery surrounding Mary Alice (the show's suicide victim-narrator, who shot herself on last fall's premiere), has the tangled web of Wisteria Lane been yanked even tighter?

On Sunday, we discovered that a dozen years ago, Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) killed Dierdre, birth mother of Zach, the son who Mary Alice and her husband Paul (Mark Moses) have raised as their own.

Hunting down whoever murdered Dierdre has consumed Mike (James Denton) _ the hunky plumber now hooked up with Susan (Teri Hatcher) _ ever since he arrived on Wisteria Lane to avenge her death. Reason: Dierdre used to be his girlfriend.

Is Mike, who learned only in the finale that Dierdre had a child, the father of teenager Zach?

This question takes on special urgency since, at the final fade-out Sunday, Mike was walking into a possible ambush from the unhinged Zach, who was holding Susan at gunpoint and waiting in her home to kill him.

When the time comes, Mike better talk fast: No, he didn't just get back from killing Paul (which is what Zach believes). And, by the way, he just might be Zach's real dad!

But Zach is already one very confused lad. News like this isn't likely to calm him down.

With the return of "Desperate Housewives" in the fall, Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) will likely be in jail for business fraud. But now he knows his wife Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) has been messing around with John, the lawn boy.

"I'll kill you!" he bellowed at John.

Will he?

Or will the calculating Gaby _ who happens to be pregnant with who-knows-whose child _ devise a way to one-up Carlos again? (Up to now, she has a pretty good record.)

Will Lynette (Felicity Huffman), the desperate mother of four unruly kids, really return to the working world? After she messed up a promotion for her fast-track husband Tom (Doug Savant), he angrily quit his job and informed her they were swapping roles.

Why would this be a dilemma for Lynette, who has chafed at her stay-at-home-mom duties since the show began? Hasn't she been itching to resume her career? Or is this new plan fated to backfire somehow, a woeful example of "be careful what you wish for"? And just how good a stay-at-home-dad will Tom turn out to be?

As the first season ended, little but mystery surrounded the new desperate housewife Betty (Alfre Woodard). With her son, Matthew, she moved into a house she bought from real estate agent Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) over the phone.

Edie is very curious why anyone would buy a house sight unseen. She, and more than 23 million viewers.

Finally, what does the future hold for dear, departed Mary Alice? After serving viewers as their from-the-grave narrator all last season, she knows the terrible secrets that drove her to suicide are public knowledge now.

Shouldn't she be spared from further chores on the show? Shouldn't she get to rest in peace at last? Highly doubtful. Whether the housewives are living or dead, there's little peace on Wisteria Lane.


   24 May 2005 - Hotline: Millions `Desperate' to view a cliffhanger

Source : Boston Herald

More than 30 million devotees of ``Desperate Housewives'' tuned in Sunday for the cliffhanger season finale of the white-hot ABC soap.

``Housewives,'' with Marlboro native Marcia Cross, closed out its stellar first season with an episode that ranks high among the most-watched programs of the season, pulling in an average of 30.3 million viewers, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.

At 10 p.m., ABC's midseason hit ``Grey's Anatomy'' (22.8 million) capitalized on its ``Housewives'' windfall by hitting its highest marks to date.


   23 May 2005 - 'Desperate' Finale A Cliffhanger

Source : Access Hollywood

Mary Alice Young's secrets -- "secrets I had died to protect," she told viewers -- were divulged on the season finale of "Desperate Housewives."

Turns out it was Mary Alice, the series' suicide-narrator, who killed the woman buried in the Young yard -- and not her husband, Paul, who nearly paid for the crime with his own execution.

"Desperate Housewives" made good on its pledge to solve the posthumous mystery of Mary Alice as its smash first season concluded on Wisteria Lane, the ABC show's mythical but all-too-recognizable slice of suburbia.

A cultural phenomenon like few TV series in years, this saucy blend of melodrama, whodunit and dark comedy had viewers hooked from its first night last October.

But, as expected, it left questions hanging at Sunday's final fade-out:

Was Mike, the boyfriend of Susan (Teri Hatcher), just moments from being shot by Mary Alice's unhinged son, Zach?

Did Rex, husband of Bree (Marcia Cross), really die from heart disease on the eve of his surgery, as his doctor reported to Bree -- or was this some sort of ruse by the doctor, who figures her to be the culprit behind Rex's illness?

Would John, the hunky yard boy, survive the jealous rage of Carlos after confessing to his affair with Carlos' wife, Gabrielle (Eva Longoria)?

How would stay-at-home mom Lynette (Felicity Huffman) survive back in the working world after her angry husband Tom quit his job and demanded to be a stay-at-home dad? (Lynette had sabotaged Tom's big promotion, jealous that he was getting too cozy with a sexy co-worker.)

And, by the way, why would Betty (new cast member Alfre Woodard) be so rash as to purchase a home on Wisteria Lane sight unseen -- as her real estate agent, dishy Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) asked her in wonder.

It was a jam-packed hour for the series, which all season has kept viewers riveted with its arch exploration of blackmail, murder, adultery and sexy sisterhood in the 'burbs.

But the finale's big revelation was courtesy of Mary Alice (Brenda Strong), who had shot herself to death in the first episode and has since served as its from-the-grave narrator.

Fifteen years ago, the wife and husband who would become Mary Alice and Paul were a childless couple when a junkie, Dierdre, sold them her infant son (born Dana). But three years later, after they had fled to a new life on Wisteria Lane and assumed new identities, Dierdre tracked them down meaning to reclaim the child, whom they had renamed Zach.

The big surprise: After riled-up Dierdre went on the attack, it was Mary Alice, not the creepy, long-suspected Paul, who stabbed her to death. And it was she who talked Paul into dismembering the body and stuffing it in their child's toy chest, which was buried in their yard.

This brought full circle the mystery that had simmered since the premiere, when Paul was spied recovering the chest after his wife's suicide.

Also in the finale, Susan's boyfriend Mike, a sexy plumber who had arrived on Wisteria Lane covertly investigating the murder of Dierdre (his former girlfriend!), was just about to punish Paul for the deed. But Paul convinced him Mary Alice had done it, and in self-defense.

Mike left him unharmed, then returned home to a possible ambush by pistol-packing Zach.

"It's an odd thing to look back on the world," Mary Alice then summed up in a somber voiceover, "to watch those I left behind, each in her own way so brave, so determined and so very desperate."

Now fans are a bit desperate themselves, waiting for the show's return this fall with new episodes and new answers.


   23 May 2005 - Tidy Endings

Source : Entertainment Weekly

I can't wait for the Desperate Housewives season finale, can you? The May 22 cliffhanger set it up perfectly: Momentum is building; the majority of the loose ends have been tied up; and since the producers have allotted only one hour to the finale, there won't be a single wasted second.

Wait a minute. You mean that was the season finale I just saw? Then . . . um . . . why did it feel like a plateful of warmed-up leftovers?

It's hard to imagine why the writers thought it would be a good idea to let Mary Alice hijack this week's crucial opening segment, thereby derailing most of the suspense that built up last week. We've all been wondering who was going to die, whether Tom would dump Lynette, where Andrew's been hiding his cute bad self, what would happen as Carlos nosed closer and closer to John. Yes, it's interesting to learn that Mary Alice is the one who killed Deirdre and that she couldn't live with the guilt — but who has ever been that concerned about the precise details of Mary Alice's back story? Why open the episode by addressing questions whose answers aren't that surprising?

Speaking of unsurprising, it was always likely that Rex would be the answer to the question ''Who will die?'' Just as a TV or movie cop is inevitably shot after he announces that he's about to retire, we know it's over for Rex the minute Bree rests her head on his feeble chest and promises him he'll make it. True, it twists the knife to know Rex dies believing that Bree has poisoned him. And it's heartbreaking to see Bree carefully finish polishing the silver, carefully tuck the box back into place, and then shatter into tears alone at the dining-room table. But even in Television Land, is it likely that Dr. Craig — a co-worker of Rex's — would content himself with phoning Bree to tell her that her husband was dead? I'm going to need to see Rex's actual corpse before I can ''pronounce him.''

Another character whose comings and goings are mysterious, Bongo the German shepherd, makes a return appearance. Feeding him is the excuse that gets Susan into Mike's house, where Zach — who has just finished beating up Mrs. Tilman — is waiting, gun in hand. Once she's trapped, Susan has so little to do that she finally asks, ''Can I at least get you something to eat?'' She's clearly in no danger. As a major character, she's bulletproof. But keeping her at gunpoint seems to be the only way to prevent her from leaving endless messages on Mike's cell phone, which is how she spent her time earlier in the episode.

Gabrielle and Carlos are whiling their own time away in a broad, sitcom-y courtroom scene where the judge all but bangs his gavel and shouts, ''First one to speak is a monkey for a week!'' Any suspense as to whether Carlos will discover John and Gabby's affair clatters to the ground when John waltzes into the courtroom and tells Carlos the truth flat out. Nor is it particularly worrisome to see a foaming Carlos thrashing around and threatening to kill John. We've already seen him beat up two guys he suspected of messing around with his wife, and they're both okay. Besides, he's about to go to jail — at some point, anyway; doesn't it seem he should have left ages ago? — so John is safe for at least eight more months.

Lynette's and Tom's story is wrapped up almost as perfunctorily, or maybe it only seems that way because it's long been so obvious that they were heading toward one of those folktales where the husband and wife switch places and the husband ends up finding out how hard it is to run a house. (It will be nice to have a househusband on Wisteria Lane, and I bet he plays poker.) But I wouldn't exactly rate this development as a cliffhanger.

Why does Edie, a real-estate agent, pronounce realtor ''real-a-tor''?

And what the hell happened to Andrew? We get to see everyone else's kids in this episode before they vanish into summer-hiatus camp. Shouldn't Andrew have put in an appearance at some point, especially since he and his father were so close? Perhaps the writers were worried that if they showed Andrew and Danielle at the hospital, we'd suddenly remember Andrew's threat to rock Bree's world and get confused, thinking he had killed Rex. Or else they still have no idea how Andrew's going to make good on his threat and are hoping that if he stays away, we'll forget he ever existed.

Mike, meanwhile, has driven Paul up into some kind of generic desert-mountain Trekscape to shoot a truck commercial — oh, no, wait, to shoot Paul himself. What emerges is an odd parallel to the Zach-Susan scene, except that Mike and Paul walk for miles instead of sitting for hours. Finally, Paul appears to tire of life. ''You're kinda taking your time,'' he comments. ''Walkin' a lot.'' Perhaps realizing that the landscape is so featureless he can bury Paul anywhere, Mike cocks the gun. We sit calmly, knowing that this is merely the cue for Paul to finish the story Mary Alice began. As soon as Mike says, ''Deirdre had a baby?'' we know it's okay to go get a snack. No one on TV ever asks that kind of question and then shoots someone.

Nor will Zach kill Mike when Mike gets home, though he might shoot him in the arm or something. And Mrs. Tilman won't die, because we all love her too much. And now that most of the suspense has leaked out of the story like helium from a balloon, we can all have a nice relaxing summer. But I'm still worried about Bongo. The whole time that Zach's holding Susan hostage, the poor dog never gets fed — or let outside, come to think of it. Mike may have more than one nasty surprise awaiting him as he steps through his front door.


   23 May 2005 - `Housewives' leave us desperate for next year

Source : Boston Herald

It was the season finale of ``Desperate Housewives.'' Questions were answered. Secrets were exposed. New plot lines were revealed. And the men did not fare well.

Oh what a tangled web series creator Marc Cherry has woven this season. Cherry, who co-wrote the finale, delivered a satisfying end to the year's hottest hour. The final episode before the summer hiatus answered just enough burning questions while leaving other mysteries simmering beneath the well-manicured surface.

The season ended much like it began with the story of Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong). Viewers finally learned why Mary Alice Young committed suicide. She had killed Zach's real mother, Deidre, when the former drug addict showed up at Wisteria Lane wanting her son back. That revelation spared Paul Young (Mark Moses). Upon learning that he would be killing the wrong guy, Mike Delfino (James Denton) left his neighbor in the desert. However the apple, even a stolen one, doesn't fall far from the tree. The oh-so-creepy Zach (Cody Kasch) beat up Felicia Tilman (Harriet Sansom Harris) and held Susan (Teri Hatcher) hostage at gun point.

``The best is yet to come,'' Bree (Marcia Cross) told Rex (Steven Culp) which is TV-speak for you're going to die soon. And sure enough, after suffering a heart attack in the penultimate episode, poor Rex passed away. But not before he believed that Bree had been poisoning him with doses of potassium. Cross, once again looking resplendent in green, delivered a performance that is sure to garner her an Emmy nomination. In classic Bree form, she calmly finished polishing her silver before having an utter breakdown.

Tom's (Doug Savant) secret, whatever it is, is safe until next season. Alas, no hints were given about what Tom may be hiding from Lynette (Felicity Huffman). But after learning that his wife had sabotaged his promotions, Tom unilaterally decided he will become a desperate househusband and Lynette can go back to work.

Gabrielle (Eva Longoria), the show's most inconsistent character, brought her typical comic relief to the melodramatic hour. When Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) said he didn't know that the two men he beat up were gay, Gabby replied, ``In some circles beating up people at all is frowned upon.''

Alfre Woodard appeared briefly as Wisteria Lane's newest cagey neighbor, Betty Applewhite. She sufficiently set up next season's mystery without detracting from the agenda at hand. And poor Susan and Mike aren't in the clear yet. Zach is preparing to kill Mike, who returned home in the final scene. ``Not everyone gets a happy ending,'' Mary Alice warned. So what's up with Betty Applewhite? Will Mike live? Is he Zach's real dad? We have all summer to wonder.


   21 May 2005 - 'Desperate Housewives' will resolve some mysteries tomorrow

Source : Courier-Journal

Those "Desperate Housewives" plan to clear up some Wisteria Lane mysteries tomorrow night at 9 on ABC before they leave on summer vacation.

Series creators have promised that we'll find out why the narrator and the most-desperate housewife of them all shot herself before the debut.

And what would a finale be without another departure? So count on somebody else dying on the hottest new show of the season.

Meanwhile, Alfre Woodard moves into the neighborhood with her own secrets.


   20 May 2005 - New mysteries on 'Housewives' finale

Source : CNN

NEW YORK (AP) -- In May 2004, no one had heard of Wisteria Lane, now TV's go-to address for sexy suburban angst, and "Desperate Housewives" was just a pair of words.

And during a single week that May, Steven Culp both died (on "Star Trek: Enterprise") and was left for dead (on "JAG"). Now Culp lives to marvel at his transformative year on "Desperate Housewives," which has become a juicy topic on the lips of everyone, including First Lady Laura Bush.

"At first I thought, 'ABC is never gonna pick up this pilot,' " Culp recalls. "Then I thought, 'OK, they picked it up, but it's too quirky to succeed.' Then the critics gave it raves and I thought, 'Great, we'll get one or two seasons out of it and then move on, with the cachet of having been on this cool show.'

"I'm delighted to be so wrong!"

As devotees eagerly await the season finale (airing 9 p.m. EDT Sunday), they have long since set Culp straight. Some 23 million viewers each week have made the show a national phenomenon as they savor its lighthearted take on blackmail, murder, adultery and sisterhood.

This is a show that hooked America from its first-place premiere last October when, among many twists, its narrator gave a play-by-play of her own suicide.

Exactly why Mary Alice Young, the Desperate Housewife Emeritus of Wisteria Lane, put a bullet in her head will be explained on the finale. A new housewife, played by Alfre Woodard, will take up residence with her own set of secrets. A cliffhanger is promised. And another death.

So goes this kooky melange of melodrama, whodunit and dark comedy which, cooked up by series creator Marc Cherry, has seized the nation's eyeballs and imagination like no new show in years.

One easy reason why: the disparate desperate women of Wisteria Lane, who are bonded by proximity and gender as they represent a variety of female distress. (ABC's "Desperate Housewives" Web site offers a quiz to "see which Wisteria Lane housewife you are ... or which one is your perfect love match.")

The series has launched or resurrected (as the case may be) the actresses who play this lovely foursome -- Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria, plus Nicollette Sheridan as the serial divorcee.

'It's about the disconnect'

But it's been pretty good, too, for the men of Wisteria Lane, including Culp, who plays Dr. Rex Van De Kamp, restless mate of obsessively perfect homemaker Bree.

"I look at the show as a comedy of manners," Culp says over a Corona during a visit to Manhattan. "It's about the disconnect between the things people profess and the things they actually do."

Steven Culp plays Bree's (Marcia Cross) husband, Rex.

Examples: Rex and Bree (played by former "Melrose Place" vixen Cross), who "see themselves as morally upstanding," Culp maintains. "They go to church every week."

And yet, on that first episode, Rex told Bree he wanted a divorce. After that, he fell under the spell of the neighborhood prostitute -- under whose spiked heel he had a heart attack. Now, as he recuperates under Bree's contemptuous care, Bree is stepping out with the local pharmacist (who may be trying to eliminate Rex by tampering with his heart medication).

Both in and out of the bedroom, Rex displays an appetite for being dominated. His submissive nature made it hard for Culp to figure out the character.

"In the beginning, I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be doing," he confides. "I would come in not quite knowing what I wanted in the scene. But then I realized my self-doubt was appropriate to the character, and not be scared of that."

The 49-year-old Culp, whose new film "The Sisters" was recently screened at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, is a stage and movie actor whose face, if not name, has been recognized by viewers for years. Besides recurring roles on "JAG" and "Star Trek: Enterprise," he also found time last season for multiple appearances on "ER" and "The West Wing."

Meanwhile, he aced the "Desperate Housewives" audition, then missed the all-important next step: a meeting with ABC brass. The day it was scheduled, he was filming his death scene as Major Hayes on "Enterprise." In his absence, another actor was cast as Rex.

But after the show won a slot on ABC's fall schedule, the role was re-cast. This time, Culp clinched it.

"I guess some things," he says, "are meant to be."

Alfre Woodard joins the cast in the finale.

Things meant to be (at least in Nielsen-surveyed hindsight) include the success of "Desperate Housewives."

How inevitable it now seems that viewers would be captivated by an all-that-sparkles-isn't-gold depiction of the American Dream, set in a leafy, manicured subdivision where women feel entrapped -- by motherhood, lovelessness and boredom.

The series "rips the veneer off the myth of suburban domestic bliss," says Susan Douglas, professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan (and a "Desperate Housewives" fan).

In the process, she adds, the show punctures the notion that in a post-feminist world, "women have achieved full equality and can choose freely how they want to live their lives. The choices women make are anything but choices."

"Desperate Housewives" feels their pain! This might help explain why women love the show.

As for men in the audience, maybe they relish a glimpse into the housewives' psyches and shared woes.

Of course, Culp, like everybody else, has his own theory why "Desperate Housewives" is a smash.

"It's very entertaining, and it moves fast," he says. "Beyond that, there are things about the characters that people recognize, and that resonate in their own lives."

No wonder Wisteria Lane is calling them home.


   20 May 2005 - The ABC prime-time soap owes us more than lather

Source : Boston Herald

The whooshing sound you'll hear at 10 on Sunday night will be a nation of ``Desperate Housewives'' fans exhaling.

After weeks of holding our collective breath to see what mischief the denizens of Wisteria Lane will be up to next, the first season finale still has a lot of 'splainin' to do.

Though we know a few tantalizing details - one character won't make it to the end credits and a new ``Housewife'' stirs up trouble - there remain many burning questions creator Marc Cherry and his cast must answer Sunday night at 9 on WCVB (Ch. 5).

Who is the father of Gabrielle Solis' (Eva Longoria) baby? Is it her pill-tampering, jailbird hubby Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) or sexy teen gardener John (Jesse Metcalfe)?

Either way, that's going to be one good-looking kid.

Is hunky plumber Mike Delfino (Jamie Denton) Zach's (Cody Kasch) real father? Sinister Paul Young (Mark Moses) claims he killed and buried a female ``private detective'' who came looking for Zach (born Dana). But we know the woman in the toy chest was Mike's ex-girlfriend Deidre. Hmm . . . Also, who kills a cop - even a corrupt one - in self-defense and is in favor of the death penalty?

What is Tom's (Doug Savant) secret? We're not convinced that the betrayal he is keeping from Lynette (Felicity Huffman) is simply that his old flame Annabelle (Melinda McGraw) was back on the scene. We're guessing that there's another Mrs. Scavo and a whole pack of little Scavos terrorizing another neighborhood somewhere on his sales route.

Now that Tom knows he lost the promotion because of Lynette, will he high-tail it off Wisteria Lane? And will we ever learn the name of the baby? Prudence, perhaps?

When will Rex Van De Kamp (Steven Culp) wise up and get a new pharmacist? For a doctor, he doesn't seem very bright in the whole ``heal thyself'' area. George (Roger Bart) doesn't have Rex's best interests at heart because he's carrying a twisted torch for Bree (Marcia Cross). We're betting this is going to be a fatal oversight on his part. And when will son Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) begin his campaign of revenge against Bree?

Where is Fairview? We got one hint last week when we learned it's not in a death penalty state - which narrows it down to 12, including Massachusetts.

Of course, there are less-serious but no less-pressing questions, such as: Will Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) ever wear a turtleneck or have more than one or two scenes a week? When Carlos is sprung, will he learn to ask questions before beating up gay men he suspects of sleeping with his wife? Will the Mary Alice voice-over return next year after her story line is tied up? When exactly does Susan work on illustrating those kids' books? And how will she, Mike and Julie eat since her kitchen burned up?

And most importantly, which ``Housewife'' will be recognized by Emmy? Our pick is Marcia Cross.

With respect to the other ladies, our Marlboro homegal has stood out from the pack, playing one of the most difficult characters on the show, balancing comedy and drama effortlessly.

Finally, is there any way the finale can live up to the hype?

We'll just have to hold our breath and see.


   20 May 2005 - Wisteria welcomes Brooks

Source : USA Today

BEVERLY HILLS — Meet the man behind the mystery that will haunt Wisteria Lane all next season. Mehcad (Muh-COD) Brooks, 24, made his debut at the end of last week's Desperate Housewives when his character, Matthew Applewhite, moved into the neighborhood with his mother, Betty (Alfre Woodard). With Sunday's season finale (ABC, 9 p.m. ET/PT) wrapping up the Mary Alice Young suicide saga, Matthew's mystery will take center stage.

Brooks won't offer any clues about the "checkered past" from which Matthew is escaping. Today, on the patio of Raffles L'Ermitage Hotel, he talks about his own personal tragedy: The shooting death five years ago of his 17-year-old cousin, Ian, who lived with Brooks' family and was like a brother. "He was a good kid, just the wrong place, wrong time. He was the strongest person I knew. He played the cello and football and was on his way to college. He was an inspiration to me every day."

To cope with the devastating loss, Brooks wrote poems and a song that paid tribute to Ian. He believes his cousin's spirit remains with him.

The Brooks file

Born: Oct. 25, 1980
From: Austin

Parents: Dad Billy Brooks, a former pro football wide receiver, and mom Alberta Phillips, a newspaper editor and columnist, are divorced. Stepdad Gary Bledsoe is an attorney.

Credits: Modeling, Boston Public and the upcoming film Glory Road.

Hero: Oprah Winfrey. Says Brooks: "She's Mother Teresa with money."

It was an isolated incident in an upscale Texas neighborhood not all that different from Wisteria Lane. Like the Applewhites, the Brookses were one of the only black families on the block. "It's freaky how much my neighborhood was like Wisteria Lane," says Brooks, dressed conservatively in an Izod shirt.

Today, Brooks, a former USC film student, shares an L.A. apartment with his brother, Billy, 25, who was one of two other actors up for the part of Matthew before Brooks won the role. Choosing between the Brooks brothers was difficult, says series creator Marc Cherry, who ultimately chose the 6-foot-3, 228-pound Mehcad because he displayed a "dangerous" quality.

"Mehcad was the one who popped for us," Cherry says. "He has a combination of this wholesome, sweet quality and a dark, brooding quality."

The writer describes Matthew as a 21-year-old "who is finally ready to break free from his very controlling, traditionalist mother. And there will be some sexual complications that this kid runs into on that street."

"I assume I'm going to have a lot of work kickboxing these women on Wisteria Lane to keep them away from him," Woodard adds.

Brooks, a martial arts expert, won't say whether he's involved with anyone in real life. But he's happy to reveal who he'd like to see his character involved with: "I hope it'll be Gabrielle, Susan, Edie, Lynette, Bree and that other lady (Felicia Tilman) who knows everything about what's what. They're all beautiful women, and Wisteria Lane needs a Don Juan."


   19 May 2005 - Viewers eagerly await ‘Housewives’ finale

Source : MSNBC

Critics weren't sure what to make of "Desperate Housewives" when it premiered last fall. Was it a soap opera? A drama? Comedy? Murder mystery?

Turns out the show was most or all of the above, and whatever it was, it worked. It's been a steady presence in the Nielsen Top Ten for some time now. The show also got some offscreen attention for reports that its stars aren't really the friends they appear to be on the show, and many viewers voiced complaints about what seemed an inordinate number of reruns.

Will Sunday's finale answer any of viewers' plot questions? Will Paul Young finally pay for murdering both Deirdre and Martha Huber? Will Bree's husband, Rex, survive his heart attack, and will it be discovered that pharmacist George was spiking his prescription? Will Tom ever forgive Lynette for sabotaging his job promotion; and will Gabrielle forgive Carlos for sabotaging her birth-control pills? And will Susan and Mike live happily ever after? Tune in to find out. In the meantime, here are just some of your thoughts on the show.


   18 May 2005 - 'Desperate Housewives' Tell All

Source : Access Hollywood

All five of the “Desperate Housewives” were in attendance at ABC-TV’s upfront presentations to advertisers in New York.

Naturally, it caused a media feeding frenzy. And despite the best efforts of the assembled, none of the cast members would spill the beans on what’s going to happen on this Sunday’s season finale.

The good-natured bantering with the press followed a short vacation break for most of the “Housewives.”

“I literally just landed two hours ago,” said Teri Hatcher, who returned from a Portugal vacation. “So if my answers seem delirious…..

Teri wasn’t the only traveling housewife. Nicolette Sheridan returned from Tahiti, while Eva Longoria was making the rounds at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Eva was put on the hot seat about her activities in the French resort by Access Hollywood’s Tony Potts.

“I heard that in Cannes you went to the dark side with a certain man who plays….?” asked Tony.

“ I did not! Not true!” said Eva, laughing. Tony was alluding to rumors that Eva and Hayden Christensen (aka Darth Vader in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”) had met.

Tony persisted. “There was a word attached called “canoodling.”

“No!” said Eva. “Where did that come from? You know what? Everyday I’m hooked up with a different guy. I thought I was dating Kiefer!”

Did Eva meet Hayden to at least say hello? “I know Hayden,” said Eva. “Everybody was hanging out at a party.” She turned to face the waiting camera at Tony’s shoulder. “So not true! Let’s do the rumor control: that’s not true!”

Eva is “in a relationship and I’m very happy, yes,” she added.

Tony had one final question for Eva. “Is it that San Antonio guy named like me?” He was referring, of course, to San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, who has been linked with Eva in many reports.

Eva laughed. “If the Spurs win I’ll tell you who I’m dating!”

Teri Hatcher was also grilled about a possible date. This time, the question centered on a possible liaison with Access Hollywood’s Big Sexy, Tim Vincent.

Tim had asked Teri out when he visited her at her Portugal vacation home, but was shot down when he revealed he had done some acting in his past.

“I got a little e-mail from my friend, Tim Vincent,” said Tony. “He told me to tell you hello. I’m supposed to ask you if he can have a date?”

Teri laughed. “Oh, my God! This is what I did to him (puts hand over the camera lens). I am not doing this on television!”

Sunday’s highly-anticipated “Desperate Housewives” season finale was the topic for Marcia Cross to address.

Tony asked if Marcia knew what was going to happen. She said she may know a little.

However, her answer was clear: “I’m not telling!”


   18 May 2005 - 'Desperate Housewives' Teen Arrested

Source : Asbury Park Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor Cody Kasch, who plays troubled teen Zach Young on ABC's hit series "Desperate Housewives," has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, police said Wednesday.

Plainclothes officers arrested Kasch, 17, at about 11 p.m. Tuesday in the East Village in Manhattan after they spotted him allegedly smoking marijuana in public, said Officer Jennara Everleth, a police department spokeswoman.

Kasch, who has a Queens address, was charged with fifth-degree drug possession, given a ticket and released. No court date was set.


   18 May 2005 - Fans Flock to Wisteria Lane for Finale

Source : Asbury Park Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- In May 2004, no one had heard of Wisteria Lane, now TV's go-to address for sexy suburban angst, and "Desperate Housewives" was just a pair of words.

And during a single week that May, Steven Culp both died (on "Star Trek: Enterprise") and was left for dead (on "JAG"). Now Culp lives to marvel at his transformative year on "Desperate Housewives," which has become a juicy topic on the lips of everyone, including First Lady Laura Bush.

"At first I thought, `ABC is never gonna pick up this pilot,'" Culp recalls. "Then I thought, `OK, they picked it up, but it's too quirky to succeed.' Then the critics gave it raves and I thought, `Great, we'll get one or two seasons out of it and then move on, with the cachet of having been on this cool show.'

"I'm delighted to be so wrong!"

As devotees eagerly await the season finale (airing 9 p.m. EDT Sunday), they have long since set Culp straight. Some 23 million viewers each week have made the show a national phenomenon as they savor its lighthearted take on blackmail, murder, adultery and sisterhood.

This is a show that hooked America from its first-place premiere last October when, among many twists, its narrator gave a play-by-play of her own suicide.

Exactly why Mary Alice Young, the Desperate Housewife Emeritus of Wisteria Lane, put a bullet in her head will be explained on the finale. A new housewife, played by Alfre Woodard, will take up residence with her own set of secrets. A cliffhanger is promised. And another death.

So goes this kooky melange of melodrama, whodunit and dark comedy which, cooked up by series creator Marc Cherry, has seized the nation's eyeballs and imagination like no new show in years.

One easy reason why: the disparate desperate women of Wisteria Lane, who are bonded by proximity and gender as they represent a variety of female distress. (ABC's "Desperate Housewives" Web site offers a quiz to "see which Wisteria Lane housewife you are ... or which one is your perfect love match.")

The series has launched or resurrected (as the case may be) the actresses who play this lovely foursome - Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria, plus Nicollette Sheridan as the serial divorcee.

But it's been pretty good, too, for the men of Wisteria Lane, including Culp, who plays Dr. Rex Van De Kamp, restless mate of obsessively perfect homemaker Bree.

"I look at the show as a comedy of manners," Culp says over a Corona during a visit to Manhattan. "It's about the disconnect between the things people profess and the things they actually do."

Examples: Rex and Bree (played by former "Melrose Place" vixen Cross), who "see themselves as morally upstanding," Culp maintains. "They go to church every week."

And yet, on that first episode, Rex told Bree he wanted a divorce. After that, he fell under the spell of the neighborhood prostitute - under whose spiked heel he had a heart attack. Now, as he recuperates under Bree's contemptuous care, Bree is stepping out with the local pharmacist (who may be trying to eliminate Rex by tampering with his heart medication).

Both in and out of the bedroom, Rex displays an appetite for being dominated. His submissive nature made it hard for Culp to figure out the character.

"In the beginning, I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be doing," he confides. "I would come in not quite knowing what I wanted in the scene. But then I realized my self-doubt was appropriate to the character, and not be scared of that."

The 49-year-old Culp, whose new film "The Sisters" was recently screened at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, is a stage and movie actor whose face, if not name, has been recognized by viewers for years. Besides recurring roles on "JAG" and "Star Trek: Enterprise," he also found time last season for multiple appearances on "ER" and "The West Wing."

Meanwhile, he aced the "Desperate Housewives" audition, then missed the all-important next step: a meeting with ABC brass. The day it was scheduled, he was filming his death scene as Major Hayes on "Enterprise." In his absence, another actor was cast as Rex.

But after the show won a slot on ABC's fall schedule, the role was re-cast. This time, Culp clinched it.

"I guess some things," he says, "are meant to be."

Things meant to be (at least in Nielsen-surveyed hindsight) include the success of "Desperate Housewives."

How inevitable it now seems that viewers would be captivated by an all-that-sparkles-isn't-gold depiction of the American Dream, set in a leafy, manicured subdivision where women feel entrapped - by motherhood, lovelessness and boredom.

The series "rips the veneer off the myth of suburban domestic bliss," says Susan Douglas, professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan (and a "Desperate Housewives" fan).

In the process, she adds, the show punctures the notion that in a post-feminist world, "women have achieved full equality and can choose freely how they want to live their lives. The choices women make are anything but choices."

"Desperate Housewives" feels their pain! This might help explain why women love the show.

As for men in the audience, maybe they relish a glimpse into the housewives' psyches and shared woes.

Of course, Culp, like everybody else, has his own theory why "Desperate Housewives" is a smash.

"It's very entertaining, and it moves fast," he says. "Beyond that, there are things about the characters that people recognize, and that resonate in their own lives."

No wonder Wisteria Lane is calling them home.


   17 May 2005 - Wife Lines

Source : Entertainement Weekly

With its first season coming to a close, it's still tough to decide whether Desperate Housewives should be labeled a comedy or a drama. Most fans, however, can agree on one thing: Bree (Marcia Cross) drops more hilarious one-liners in a single episode than the average network sitcom does in a whole year. Add in a steady stream of sound bites from Gabrielle, Lynette, and Susan, and it's easy to see why ABC's Sunday-night soap is so thoroughly addictive.

If you're worried about experiencing Desperate withdrawal symptoms in the coming summer months, fret not. Our list of season one's 10 best Housewives zingers can be your not-so-secret fix. You can help your fellow addicts by adding your own favorite lines to the message board below.

10 ''I feel a wave of morning sickness coming on, and I want to be standing on your mother's grave when it hits.''
— Gabrielle (Eva Longoria), to husband Carlos (Ricardo Chavira), after he convinces her that his mother is to blame for her pregnancy

9 ''As of this moment, Rex, I am no longer your wife. I am going to find the most vindictive lawyer I can find. And together, we will eviscerate you. I will take away your money, your family, and your dignity. And I am thrilled you still love me. Because I want what's going to happen to you to hurt as much as humanly possible. I'm just so glad you didn't die before I told you that.''
— Bree, to Rex (Steven Culp), who's in a hospital bed recovering from a heart attack

8 ''I'm adorable crazy — he's rampage crazy.''
— Susan (Teri Hatcher), to daughter Julie (Andrea Bowen) about Julie's potential boyfriend Zach (Cody Kasch)

7 ''Think about something unpleasant. Disease...famine...hoboes.''
— Bree to her ''platonic friend'' George (Roger Bart), after he becomes visibly aroused in public

6 ''I know someone who knows someone who knows an elf. And if any of you acts up, so help me, I will call Santa and tell him you want socks for Christmas! All right, are you willing to risk that?''
— Lynette (Felicity Huffman) to her difficult boys

5 ''Why don't I just put them back in me and cook 'em until they're civilized?''
— Lynette, to husband Tom (Doug Savant), discussing ways to deal with their children

4 ''It's just that my Aunt Fern lives in Philadelphia and I don't want to be thinking about her while I'm spanking you with a leather strap.''
— Bree, trying to negotiate an S&M ''control word'' with Rex

3 ''We're not negotiating my uterus.''
— Gabrielle, to Carlos, when he suggests that their decision not to have kids is up for ''renegotiation''

2 ''To be honest, the only thing I don't like about sex is the scrotum. I mean obviously it has its practical applications, but I'm just not a fan.''
— Bree, to her marriage counselor, Dr. Goldfine (Sam Lloyd)

1 ''Rex cries after he ejaculates.''
— Bree, when it's her turn to confide something embarrassing at a dinner party


   16 May 2005 - The Bitter Half

Source : Entertainement Weekly

Welcome to the neighborhood, Alfre! I can see from your expression that you have some doubts about what you're getting into. You may already have realized that in relocating to Wisteria Lane, you were going to be living with murderers, spouse abusers, liars, blackmailers, and cheats. I mean, Edie was your realtor — that should have given you an idea. Maybe you're moving in at midnight so you won't have to meet any of your new neighbors.

But did you also realize that the mere fact of your setting foot on Wisteria Lane would be presented to the American public as the last straw in a series of unfortunate events? The episode's closing sequence is an increasingly dire parade of losses. Tom packs up his office after learning that Lynette's treachery cost him his promotion and, ultimately, his job. Carlos, behind bars at last, stares morosely at Gabrielle's picture. Rex is wheeled off to the operating room after suffering a major heart attack during which Bree delayed taking him to the hospital while she made the bed. Tonight the Wisteria Lane-ites are losing jobs, freedom, perhaps even life. But that's just a buildup to the real death blow: A black family is moving in!

Which is the only context the writers offer us. As a huge corporation, however, ABC presumably prefers to avoid the appearance of racism. Maybe all the writers mean to suggest is that this new family has a few mysterious secrets of its own — hence the midnight arrival and Ms. Woodard's odd expression — and I'm being oversensitive. Let's hope so. Because there's more than enough to cope with in tonight's episode without adding the issue of race.

Lynette, Lynette, I knew you were making trouble for yourself! Your insecurities have driven you to violate the primary rule for single-income couples: Do Not Cause Your Spouse to Lose His/Her Job. When you brought that cake to Tom's office ''to welcome back Mr. Dugan,'' I was certain you'd end up hurling it at Annabel, but cake-throwing turned out to be unnecessary. Your insecurities about Tom and Annabel have wrought more trouble for your family than their affair — if they were even having one — could possibly have done. Clearly there's nothing left for you to do but to return to work while Tom plays Mr. Mom for a while. That's why, although the writers allowed you to take the baby to your business lunch, they didn't let her throw any cake either. She couldn't be allowed to interfere while we heard what a stellar executive you used to be.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I expressed longing for a DH scene that would make me scream out loud? I didn't know how quickly, and how lavishly, my prayer would be answered. But then, I also didn't know what could happen to men like George when they play miniature golf with gals like Bree. Only Bree could make a line like ''George! Do you have an erection?'' sound so righteously indignant. (I'm screaming out loud as I type this, too.) Of course George is way too creepy to have a body that functions normally, but let's move on. Let's move right into Bree's house along with him as he combs through her underwear for photo ops, pausing only to sniff her stockings. His discovery of Rex's box of S&M toys — and his subsequent lie to Bree that Rex has been bragging about his kinky sex life — is a cleverly seamless way to turn Bree against her husband once again. Bree's fear of public humiliation is her driving emotion, and it's hard to think of a more compelling reason for her to refuse to take Rex to the hospital.

And remember a couple of weeks ago when I was longing for another poker game? That prayer was answered too, though a little halfheartedly. Instead of settling down to play, Edie carries a bowl of grapes around and around the table while she persuades the other housewives to ''intervene'' with Susan about Mike. Although Susan's nose gets redder than usual as they speak, she blithely refuses to listen to her friends. But she almost immediately begins to re-suspect Mike when she finds Mrs. Huber's diary in his truck — thus rendering the first collective-housewife scene in recent memory completely unnecessary. Never mind. At least they started to play poker.

Speaking of Mrs. Huber, it's gratifying to see that her sister, Mrs. Tilman, will finally get the chance to learn what Zach is really like. Her devotion to Zach has always been a mystery. Let's see how it stands up to his psychotic breaks! If he gets too wild, perhaps she can brain him with one of the flowerpot-size coffee cups she uses in this episode. (Note that Mrs. Tilman is the only one of the characters who snacks a lot, another sign of her greatness.) Some DH fans have suggested that she might be Zach's real mother, which seems unlikely in view of her age — but she certainly matches him in bizarre behavior. The scene where she discusses the death penalty with Mike at her kitchen table is wonderfully odd. ''We had it in Utah. Not in this state, though. A shame, don't you agree?'' she asks, twinkling over the rim of one of those massive coffee cups.

Seeing Gabrielle walk out on Carlos is also most welcome, though it doesn't last long enough. The minute Carlos is arrested (for violating house arrest and for beating up Justin), Gabby rushes to visit him in prison. But I'm too relieved that Carlos is finally behind bars to point out any inconsistencies this week.

In any case, most of the important points have been cleared up — or cleared out of the way in time for next week's finale. By the way, Justin, welcome back! I was afraid we'd never see you again, but I shouldn't have lost faith. And if you're around, can the Little Shoe That Wouldn't Drop — Andrew — be far behind?

What do you think? How much are the wives to blame for their husbands' predicaments? How long can Carlos survive in prison? How long can Tom survive taking care of his kids? And how long can Rex survive? And how were we supposed to interpret the arrival of the new family to Wisteria Lane?


   13 May 2005 - Eva Longoria is Wicked Perfection in Desperate Housewives

Source : TV is King

Desperate Housewives is a hit and has been cleaning up in the ratings and has brought respect back to ABC TV who had been floundering for the past few years. I began watching Desperate Housewives from the beginning, largely because of the impressive billboards I had seen sprawled accross Los Angeles prior to the series launch.

I Tivo'd the Desperate Housewive series opener and was pleasantly surprised at how innovative and exciting the show was. It was quirky and fun. Not your normal tv series.

First thing that impressed me when the credits rolled at the beginning title sequence was that the soundtrack music was scored by my hero Danny Elfman, of Batman and Simpsons fame (also in the group Oingo Boingo).

I enjoyed the premiere episode of Desperate Housewives and it soon became a regular guilty pleasure. I became enamored with the lovely Eva Longoria and must admit she is the ultimate wet dream for me. Sure, I'd rather not be married to someone like Gabrielle and have her plotting against me as her husband, but Eva seems a sweetie in real life. And wow does she look hot or what? I'm in love!

So as this debut season of Desperate Housewives comes to a close, I look back fondly and remeber the past season's episodes, and look forward to another steamy season next fall when it returns. Ahhh, a TV Show I like actually returns for a second season... How refreshing is that!


   13 May 2005 - 'Desperate' Secrets From the Man Who Knows: Marc Cherry

Source : ExtraTV

“Extra” has your sneak peek at the latest titillating twists and turns on Wisteria Lane.

Things really heat up on Sunday’s episode, as Edie tries to move in on Susan's newly rekindled romance with Mike the plumber, Eva's hubby gets all choked up as she stages a desperate departure and Bree breaks off her friendship with George.

And as the blockbuster show heads toward the big, top secret season finale next week, “Extra's” serving up some “Desperate” dish from two men in the know, star James Denton and creator Marc Cherry.

So what’s in store for the finale? “There are a number of ‘oh-my-god’ big jaw-dropping moments," James teased.

Though producers are playing it close to vest, shooting multiple endings for the finale, we got James to reveal one shocking scenario for him and his character: “Yes, there are some alternatives where Mike wouldn't be back."

And when it comes to the daddy of Gabrielle’s baby, Marc Cherry let us in on a bombshell. “I haven't decided the paternity yet," he revealed, telling us we wouldn’t find out in the finale. “Something else big happens but I haven't decided the paternity yet!"

Okay then, so what will he leave us in torment over during the summer? “A lot of the mystery of Mary Alice will be resolved but there are going to be ramifications of it that will carry on into Season Two,” said Marc.

And what about Rex and Bree? Will he drive her into George's arms? “I think by the end of this season Rex and Bree's marital problems will be resolved,” Marc admitted. “Then we'll be taking the Van de Kamp thing in a whole new direction.”

It looks like we’ve got even more “Desperate” shockers, catfights and cliffhangers to look forward to!


   12 May 2005 - Is Eva Dating Kiefer?

Source : Access Hollywood

Eva Longoria didn't take 24 hours - or even 24 seconds - to respond to dating rumors about her and Kiefer Sutherland, star of Fox's "24’" action series.

In Toronto working on the new thriller, "The #9 Sentinel," Eva told Access Hollywood all about a situation that’s been blown way out of proportion.

"Our hotel is literally like the next step over," she said. "And so we were walking out and we were like, of course, this is gonna be in the tabloids tomorrow that we had dinner alone and that we are dating."

The alleged date was actually a group outing, Eva explained.

"Last night we all had dinner, Michael (Douglas) and Kiefer and Clark Johnson, who is the director, and I and some of the producers. And they said, 'there’s paparazzi outside. What do you guys wanna do?' And Keifer and I were like, 'well, we walked here….'"

The new film is "so not 'Desperate Housewives,'" Eva said. "I am not in a bathtub, no shower scenes and I am nobody’s love interest."

Which is surprising, given that she holds the number one spot on this year’s Maxim Hot 100 list.

"I look so much better here," Eva said after being shown the magazine. "Of course, it took about 20 people to get me that hot!"

But Eva thought that the list's order was a bit out of wack.

"How can Jennifer Aniston be at 88? I demand a recount! Look at Lindsay! Isn’t she beautiful? Love her! And Jess (Jessica Alba)….these are two of my really good friends on the same page. You guys look hot!’"


   11 May 2005 - 'Desperate' Romance Buzz for Eva and Teri

Source : ExtraTV

The Tinseltown rumors never stop, and neither do we. When a story sets tounges wagging, we're on top of it to get at the truth. Cases in point: today's Rumor Control...

She's pregnant and carrying on an affair with a gardener. He's saving the world from a nuclear attack -- at least on TV. But now "Desperate Housewife" Eva Longoria and "24" terrorist tamer Keifer Sutherland were spotted out to dinner together in Toronto and then at a chic hotel. So did they have a secret rendezvous?

Yes -- but it's not what you think. As Eva told us, "I play a secret service agent with Keifer Sutherland and he trains me. Actually, he's my mentor."

That's right: the two are co-starring in a new movie together. Their people say it's strictly business between them.

But can the same be said for Eva's "Desperate" co-star Teri Hatcher? She's at the center of a romance rumor of her own, one that has her going one-on-one with former NBA star John Salley. Is it true?

No -- a report by The New York Post's Page Six says the twosome shared a booth, a dance and a kiss at Los Angeles nightspot Chi, but “Extra” confirmed that this rumor is definitely not true.

Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson is super-sexy in her Daisy Dukes, but what about the rumors that the buxom blonde made a booty call for a butt double on the set of "The Dukes of Hazzard"?

No -- in fact Jessica told us a lot of hard work is going into those Daisy Dukes. "I work out six days a week," she said. "That's a lot, but I do about two-and-a-half hours a day."

And back on the romance front comes word that Hollywood's top gun, Tom Cruise, is ready to settle down. Is it true?

Yes -- Tom tells Reader's Digest he wants to get married and have more kids. So, how does "Katie Cruise" sound?


   11 May 2005 - 'Housewives' Star Heats up Maxim Hot 100

Source : Zap2It

Instead of being branded with a scarlet letter, "Desperate Housewives" adulteress Eva Longoria has the honor of topping Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list.

The petite starlet beat out her "Housewives" co-stars, none of whom made it onto the sixth annual list of buzzworthy beauties.

"This year has been amazing for me," says Longoria. "To be on the No. 1 television show and for Maxim to choose me as No.1 on their Hot 100 list is incredible."

The magazine's Editor-in-Chief Ed Needham explains the criteria for making the list: "These are the women whose names are on the lips of people the world over, whose careers are headed for the dizziest heights and whose looks will scorch the back off your retina."

The folks at the popular lad mag know their ABCs. Longoria's fellow network stars Evangeline Lilly from the plane wreck drama "Lost" and "Alias" spy Jennifer Garner snagged the second and third spots, respectively. "Lost's" other islanders dotting the Hot 100 list include Maggie Grace (No. 27) and Emilie De Ravin (No. 47), although no love was shown to the show's Yunjin Kim.

Rounding out the Top 10 on the list are redheaded wild child Lindsay Lohan, "Fantastic Four's" Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson of "The O.C." fame, the pouty-lipped Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy, singer Jessica Simpson and "D.E.B.S." star Sara Foster.

Other women of note joining the ranks of hotness include Paris "The Heiress" Hilton (No. 20), Tom Cruise's latest squeeze Katie Holmes (No. 22), Queen Amidala herself Natalie Portman (No. 42), "Veronica Mars" sleuth Kristen Bell, CBS reality show darling Amber Brkich (No. 73) of the slammin' body and Moon Bloodgood (No. 99), who no doubt made the list for her name alone, although we hear she's been in some music videos.

The Hot 100 supplement will be available with Maxim's June issue featuring "Las Vegas" actress Vanessa Marcil on the cover. A one-hour special of the list will also air on VH1 on Sunday, May 22.


   10 May 2005 - "Housewives" Cruel to "Elvis"

Source : EOnline

King-sized isn't what it used to be.

The first part of CBS' Elvis miniseries was dwarfed Sunday night by ABC's Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy.

In a 9-11 p.m. matchup, the Elvis Presley biopic shook up 13.9 million, compared to the 22.5 million averaged by the denizens of Wisteria Lane and Seattle Grace Hospital, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Individually, Desperate Housewives (26.1 million viewers) ranked second for the TV week ended Sunday; the just-renewed Grey's Anatomy (18.9 million), eighth; and Elvis, 17th.

The numbers weren't bad for the Presley project, they just weren't Presley-esque.

A generation ago, in February 1979, an ABC TV movie on the rock god, also titled Elvis, was a bona fide event, playing to a packed house of 43 million.

Of course, network ratings aren't what they used to be, either. In 1979, Elvis's Super Bowl-esque numbers weren't enough to snag the show most watched honors. In the weekly rankings, it placed sixth, one ignoble notch below the ABC sitcom Angie.

The 1979 Elvis starred Kurt Russell. The 2005 Elvis, which concludes Wednesday, installed the Irish-born Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the Memphis-bred hipster.


   10 May 2005 - No 'Desperate' climb

Source : USA Today

A year ago, she was a relatively unknown former daytime soap actress who had just shot a pilot for a TV show. Even then, Maxim magazine saw something in Eva Longoria that inspired the editors to reserve a place for her on their annual Hot 100 list.

This year, the red-hot Desperate Housewives actress has catapulted to the top spot in the special issue, which hits stands May 19. (Related photo gallery: Check out the ladies who made Maxim's top 10)

She follows an impressive list of previous No. 1's, including Jessica Simpson (this year's No. 9), Jessica Alba (this year's No. 5), Christina Aguilera (this year's No. 16) and Jennifer Garner (this year's No. 3).

"It's kind of exciting and shocking all at the same time, because I was No. 91 last year," says the Mexican-American beauty, 30. Longoria called in from her L.A. home shortly before taking off for Canada to begin work on the feature film The Sentinel.

"Considering all the women in the world, No. 91 isn't all that bad. But (last year) I didn't go to the (annual Hot 100 celebration) party, because I don't think anyone wants the 90s at the party."

Longoria, who appeared on the January 2005 cover of Maxim, is the only one of the Housewives on the list, but her co-stars aren't surprised. Co-star Felicity Huffman says, "What's hot about Eva is her smile, her laugh, her joie de vivre ... and following all of that, her (behind)."

"What doesn't make her a hottie?" asks Jesse Metcalfe, the lucky young buck who gets to share a bed and sometimes a bath with Longoria on ABC's hit prime-time soap. "She's pretty much flawless. She's not a diva in any way. Normally, when they're that hot, they're not that cool."

Longoria, who says she has a steady beau (but won't say who), credits her TV character with helping to elevate her Maxim ranking. "Maxim and Gabrielle go hand in hand," she says of the mag aimed at young men. "Gabrielle's sexy, confident and sensual, and I think Maxim shows those beautiful qualities in their women. When you look at the Top 10, it's singers or working actors who are doing really good things in the entertainment business."

This year, Longoria outranks such popular leading ladies as Tom Cruise's new love, Katie Holmes (No. 22); Catwoman Halle Berry (No. 41); and Star Wars queen Natalie Portman (No. 42).

Though thrilled to be No. 1, Longoria would place No. 7 Angelina Jolie — Brad Pitt's "pal" and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' goodwill ambassador — atop her own personal hot list.

"Angelina is the definition of sexy," Longoria says. "Everything about her is sexy — her empowerment, confidence, strength, beauty, character, her morals and what she stands for."


   9 May 2005 - Leaked Location Forces James Denton to Flee

Source : Celebrity Justice

On "Desperate Housewives," Mike the mysterious plumber gets Susan's heart pumping. But now, the actor who plays him, James Denton, has trouble in his real-life neighborhood -- a situation so desperate that he's getting out.

Denton and his wife, Erin, purchased their house in a Los Angles suburb earlier this year, but the family's hopes for a dream home were dashed when a big national magazine ran a picture of the house, revealing where the family lives. Strangers started showing up -- so now the Denton family is packing up.

"Yeah, we're going to move," Denton said. "We've been in the house for about six weeks, so we're not happy about that. When you've got kids, you know, David Letterman had that problem with his child. So you've got to be aware of it, and you've got to take precautions."

So did the magazine cross the line? "Because of the first amendment, they probably did not," hotshot Hollywood lawyer Don Zachary told "CJ". "There was a recent case where Barbra Streisand tried to stop the photographing of her home from a helicopter and the court had no trouble saying she has no privacy interest in pictures of her home."

Security is an ever-increasing issue for celebrities and finding star homes in Hollywood is as easy as buying a map or hopping a ride on one of many bus tours. A few years back, Sharon Osbourne told "CJ" that fans found her house and took her dog. "It's like taking a family member for me," she said.

The magazine has since apologized, but Denton isn't taking any chances. He's heading for an undisclosed location. "With my wife and my kids, suddenly you get real protective," he said.


   9 May 2005 - Berry Desperate for 'Housewives' Role, Motherhood

Source : Zap2It

Halle Berry, who recently ended her marriage with singer Eric Benet, can identify with the disgruntled women on the ABC comedy "Desperate Housewives."

In fact, in an interview with "Access Hollywood," the Oscar winner says she'd enjoy making a guest appearance on the show.

"I would love to come stir up some trouble on Wisteria Lane," says Berry. "That would be awesome."

The "Catwoman" star even proposes getting catty with the show's resident vixen.

"I would be something naughty and I would love to get into some trouble with Nicolette Sheridan," she adds, referring to the actress who plays Edie Britt. "I would love to team up with her and do some damage."

In another interview, Berry reveals to entertainment newsmagazine "Extra" that she still wants to have a family, with or without the help of a man in her life.

"I'd love to have a baby, love to be a mom and if I don't have one, I want to adopt a child," she says. "I really need that in my life. So, hopefully the next decade can be dedicated to that."

Berry is also open to artificial insemination.

"I would. I know many people who have done it successfully and I respect their choice to say, 'I don't have someone in my life, but I still want to experience motherhood,'" she explains, adding, "There's also lots of babies already here that need mothers. So, I'll work it out. Somehow, I plan on making it happen"

The full "Access" and "Extra" interviews air on Monday night, May 9.

Berry was previously married to Cleveland Indians outfielder David Justice and later to Benet. Both marriages ended in divorce. Berry was reportedly close to India, Benet's daughter from a previous relationship.

Berry won a best actress Oscar for her role in 2001's "Monster's Ball." Her recent work includes "X2," "Gothika," "Catwoman," "Robots" and the TV movie adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God."


   9 May 2005 - Little Mo to get Desperate

Source : Sky Showbiz

In EastEnders she's spent eight months in prison, been a battered wife and chose to have her rapist's baby.

But, at last, things are looking up for actress Kacey Ainsworth. She could be set to ditch miserable old Albert Square - for the ultra-glam surroundings of Wisteria Lane.

Kacey - who plays downtrodden Little Mo in the soap - has reportedly been offered a role in the hit US show Desperate Housewives.

The Sun reports that the news was the talk of the weekend's British Soap Awards.

She is currently re-negotiating her EastEnders deal - but is also in talks to appear in the second series of the Channel 4 show, as a nanny to one of Wisteria Lane's sexy leading ladies.

Kacey is due to meet DH creator Marc Cherry in London later this month to discuss her role.


   9 May 2005 - Wisteria's Mysterious Ways

Source : Entertainment Weekly

''Yes,'' Mary Alice coos, ''life can be hard on reviewers. When they find fault with a TV show, readers tend to forget that what's usually being criticized is the show's writers, not its characters. The characters, like the show itself, are fictional; they are not our real-life friends. The show's writers are the real people here — and when they don't do their job, it must be noted.''

There. Now that Mary Alice has gotten that off her chest, let's look at a few writerly inconsistencies in tonight's episode that would have been easy to fix. But let me hasten to say that tonight's was a good episode apart from these bits and pieces. It was smoothly plotted; you didn't have the feeling the writers were trying to choke you with wrap-ups. And it stood on its own; it didn't feel like a mere conveyance to sweep us toward the season finale. Plus, Sophie's gone and Susan found out what we always knew — Mike's not an evil murderer.

First, why did Gabrielle tell John the baby might be his? Isn't she too self-centered to seek out such a complication? Gabby knows the nature of John's pure, idealistic love. His sudden fit of chivalry — ''I've got to tell Mr. Solis about this!'' — shouldn't surprise her. She does earn back a point back for telling John, ''Nobody wants you to do the right thing''; a second point for keeping hot sauce on hand so that she can conveniently dash it into John's eyes; and a bajillion points for telling Carlos that she plans to get fat during this pregnancy. Moreover, her remark about not wanting her child to grow up poor is probably meant to indicate a slight thawing of her maternal instincts. (At some point I hope there's a DH prequel episode that reveals the housewives' childhoods.)

''Try one of these clams!'' Bree murmurs to George, offering him a bite from her fork in a restaurant. Hot dogs last week, clams this week — I'm fanning myself! I tell you, there is no way Bree doesn't realize at some level that she's committing adultery. Why else would she be so upset when Edie spots her and George? (''You've got the wrong idea. That man is my pharmacist!'') Kudos to Edie for saying, ''Sex aside, it sounds like you're pretty intimate with this guy.'' Another moment of grace from an unsympathetic character! This would be a great time for Bree to realize how long it's been since she's had a meaningful conversation with any of her female friends — who might supply some of the deep emotional talk she yearns for, or at least offer her a cup of coffee — but apparently that's out of the question. Each main character seems to have forgotten that the others exist.

With Sophie out of Susan's life and Mike gloriously back in it, we can finally relax. But I missed something: When did Susan get to know Kendra so well? How can she be so sure that Kendra will be able to set her straight about Mike's past? How does she know where Kendra lives? On top of that, why does Kendra feel such a compulsion to tell Susan the truth? Not that I'm not grateful that the Deirdre mystery is being cleared up, but still.

And then poor Lynette. Whether Tom is cheating on Lynette or not, everything she's doing to get him back is wrong. That self-pitying conversation with him, that frantic attempt to seduce him while she's covered with baby vomit, the equally doomed attempt to seduce him in a French maid's outfit — how can a woman as intelligent and worldly as Lynette not realize that naked neediness is one of the least effective relationship tactics? Here, again, it would be nice if she turned to any of the other housewives for support, but I'm not holding my breath. Still, if they're not going to put the four main women into any more scenes together, maybe they should write an explanation into the script.

Then there's the Mystery of the Kidnapped Children. I've gotten used to the fact that Lynette's kids never put in an appearance unless they're needed underfoot, but where have Bree's children gone? We should at least see Andrew occasionally. The revelation of his diabolical plans — which I'm guessing will come in the season's last episode — will have a lot less impact if we've forgotten what he looks like.

And speaking of kidnapping: Felicia Tilman certainly rises to the occasion in this episode. As I've said before, one of the charms of this show comes when a character suddenly emerges from caricature into reality, and Mrs. Tilman does that this time. Her steely protectiveness of Zach — and that knife she's hiding — turn her from a poor man's Mrs. Huber into a major player. I'm so impressed by her that I'll ask only one teeny, tiny question: Why does she care about Zach so much?

Also, how did she find those tranquilizers so fast?


   5 May 2005 - 'Housewives' in suspense

Source : USA Today

Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives' always fashionable Gabrielle, is marching onto a soccer field in wobbly high heels for a confrontational scene set to air on the hugely successful prime-time soap's season finale May 22.

It's the final day of filming on the Universal Studios back lot, and series creator Marc Cherry has just pulled up in a golf cart for one of his rare on-set appearances. Sprinting up a hillside, the 43-year-old writer deals with malfunctioning lawn sprinklers, then encourages Longoria to exaggerate the fury she's expressing toward Jesse Metcalfe, who plays her hottie gardener — and quite possibly the father of her unborn child.

Faced with this pregnancy of uncertain paternity, a husband headed for the slammer and a lawn-boy lover who earns $50 a mow, Gabrielle is more desperate than ever.

But desperate no more are Cherry and his harem of mostly fortysomething actresses.

"It was a good first year," Cherry says in a gross understatement. Days earlier, he got the keys to his new home — a San Fernando Valley mansion on a street not unlike the show's Wisteria Lane and worth, he says, "a lot more than my condo."

The comedic ABC hit premiered in October to juggernaut ratings and went on to win multiple Golden Globe, People's Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards. Just seven months later, the very relatable "desperate housewife" moniker has become so ingrained in the American lexicon that first lady Laura Bush joked last weekend that she was one.

"It's been a year of overwhelming fun, excitement, unending photo shoots, interviews and publicity appearances," reflects Longoria, sitting on a set of bleachers alongside close pal Metcalfe between takes.

A few days earlier, the Housewives quartet — Longoria, Marcia Cross (Bree), Teri Hatcher (Susan) and Felicity Huffman (Lynette) — had wrapped their last scene together, huddled on a hospital sofa.

"It was a heavy scene," says Hatcher, phoning in from New York where she has been judging short films at the Tribeca Film Festival. "There was a very genuine and deeply felt recognition that all four of us together as a team appreciated the ride we'd had this season and were grateful that we'd survived it together."

That's not to say there wasn't time for laughs. All four women picked up prop guns and pointed a wind machine at their hair for an impromptu spoof of Charlie's Angels. "Of course, we got three steps out and giggled and fell on the floor," Huffman says.

A little later, Huffman and Longoria broke into what Huffman calls their "J. Lo dance," while Hatcher shot the silliness with her hi-def camera. "Then," Longoria says, "we all finally exhaled, let out this huge sigh and said, 'We made it.' "

Well, almost.

Run-up to a cliffhanger

Now comes the daunting challenge of ending the season on a high note while laying the groundwork for Season 2. The next three crucial episodes (ABC, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET/PT), culminating with the cliffhanger, will show the events that led Mary Alice Young to shoot herself in the opening episode, introduce a new housewife with a major mystery of her own, and place the futures of several characters in serious jeopardy.

"The way this all comes together at the end of this season is so fantastic," Cross says, standing in the shade on the soccer field and wearing a sun hat to protect her porcelain skin.

But going into the next season, there is genuine concern over the public continuing to believe that these actresses are as close as their neighborly characters appear on TV. That perception was challenged by Vanity Fair's May cover story, which exposed a catty cast photo shoot, resulting in bruised egos and cold shoulders. Working to put the ugly incident behind them, the leading ladies have been offering each other expressions of goodwill as they say goodbye for their summer hiatus.

Hatcher broke the tension by coming to the set three weeks ago with homemade banana bread and champagne baskets she had made for each of the ladies. Cross spent the previous days shopping for goodbye gifts ("yummy, smelly things like candles") for her co-stars. Longoria has been busy creating a collage poster ("of our amazing year") for each of the women. Brenda Strong (Mary Alice) presented charm bracelets to Hatcher, Cross, Longoria and Huffman. The bracelets contained photos of each of their faces.

And putting to rest tabloid rumors of feuding with Hatcher, Nicollette Sheridan (Edie) is considering asking Hatcher to be maid of honor at her upcoming wedding: "We're tight," Sheridan says.

The Vanity Fair article, Cherry asserts, "truly does not reflect how our gals treat each other."

"It can be hurtful to the ensemble," says Longoria, who united with the other women to pay for a thank-you party for their crew. "What really (angered me) about the Vanity Fair shoot is that it was an argument between us and Vanity Fair. Not within us. We are going to have better understanding of our publicity next year."

A little less togetherness

To give the cast a much-needed breather from the show and one another, plans for an extensive European summer promotional tour were scrapped. Now, only Cross and Sheridan will promote the show this June in London, Rome and Monaco; Hatcher and James Denton (Mike) will pop in for the London leg.

Says Cross, "There's a little bit of looking forward to having some time for a life."

Cherry tries not to concern himself with gossip beyond his control. His biggest challenge will be trying to top an addictive first-season story line that has been consistently pulling in a weekly average of 24 million viewers. Even a recap clip show ("Sorting Out the Dirty Laundry") that aired April 24 ranked as the week's top show among viewers ages 18 to 49.

"I want to keep finding new ways to talk about issues that relate to everyday women," Cherry says. "Lynette will have a job next season (returning to her advertising roots), so I want to address how difficult it is to go to work all day and then come home and be expected to also take care of your house."

The show, he says, can keep its connection with viewers only if it retains the "small, real, everyday issues" without becoming all soap opera.

While Cherry is sticking with his original seven-year concept for the show, Hatcher says she'll be surprised if it runs that long.

"I don't feel this is going to go seven years," she says. "Television shows are delicate things, and no matter how big of a hit you have, you never know when it could fall. Look at a show like Twin Peaks that was super hot," then canceled in its second season.

But unlike Peaks, which peaked too soon and drew out its Laura Palmer murder mystery way past viewer interest, Housewives is wrapping up the mystery of Mary Alice's suicide. And the May 15 episode will introduce a new housewife, the protective and religious Betty Applewhite, played by familiar big-screen actress Alfre Woodard.

Applewhite's son, Matthew, who has gotten himself into some trouble back in the old neighborhood, will be played by 24-year-old actor/model Mehcad Brooks. The Applewhites will be introduced to Wisteria Lane by real estate agent Edie Britt (Sheridan).

All Cherry will say about the Applewhites is that "they come on the street; they seem like nice people — but they've got a secret. And it's pretty gothic. It's real and human and awful all at the same time."

Edie will stay a fifth wheel

Because of viewers' (read: male viewers') strong reaction to Sheridan, her character next season will be given a never-before-seen ex-husband and a 6-year-old son. But Cherry insists that Edie will continue serving only as a spoiler to complicate the other women's lives.

The opening credits next year will continue to feature only the faces of Hatcher, Cross, Huffman and Longoria.

Recognizing the international name value that Sheridan brings to the show, Hatcher would prefer to make the foursome a quintet. "As the woman who works with Nicollette more than anyone else," she says, "I find it uncomfortable to sometimes include Nicollette and sometimes exclude Nicollette. She's my friend, and I feel awkward for her."

Calling from home, where she's wrestling a candle out of her puppy's mouth while madly packing for a weeklong getaway to an exotic locale to celebrate fiancé Nicklas Soderblom's 40th birthday, Sheridan says she realizes "Edie's an outsider. She's never going to be one of them. But as far as looking at the show as a whole, I see her as one of the five desperate housewives."

While also a champion of Sheridan's work, Cross believes "it's nice for the duration of the show to watch the paths of the four women. I think (the foursome) is the through line."

That is, if all four agree to stay put on Wisteria Lane.

"My goal would be to always have the four women stay with the show until the very end, and follow their journeys much in the way Sex and the City or Golden Girls did," says Cherry, a former writer for Golden Girls.

"But I'm also cognizant that at any point, one of these women could say, 'I want to go home and be with my kids,' or 'I want to go off and be a movie star.' "

Legally, Hatcher says that decision is not really up to any of them. "I guarantee you we all signed five- or six-year contracts at the beginning of this thing," she says.

Desperate, disposable men

The future appears far bleaker for the show's male cast; only breakout stud Denton (Mike Delfino) is a likely candidate for series longevity. As the season winds down, nearly all of the desperate husbands are placed in jeopardy, as Rex Van De Kamp (Steven Culp) unwittingly takes sugar pills to treat his serious heart condition, Tom Scavo (Doug Savant) harbors a secret that threatens to destroy his marriage to Lynette, and Paul Young (Mark Moses) faces his comeuppance for the murder of Mrs. Huber.

And putting into question the fate of Gabrielle's current men — lover John (Metcalfe) and husband Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), who is headed off to prison — Cherry and his writers are conceiving a new suitor for Gabrielle in Season 2.

"It's very tenuous existences for all of us," says Denton, who has bonded with his male co-stars. "Nobody wants to be the guy left behind, but I don't see how we could all be back."

With some of the men probably on their way out, expect the ladies' faces to be featured prominently on an onslaught of Housewives merchandise set to hit stores later this year, including the Season 1 DVD in September (packed with deleted scenes, cast commentaries and a computerized tour of Wisteria Lane), a board game, a wall calendar, a coffee-table book and a record featuring songs inspired by the lives of desperate housewives that will be available in time for Christmas shopping. (So far, no plans for a talking Mrs. Huber doll with bludgeoning blender.)

Might all this be too much, much too soon? "It's a lot very fast," Sheridan concedes. And Huffman acknowledges that the show's heavy exposure already has left her feeling "a little sick of us."

"Sure we're concerned about overexposure, but what am I going to do about it?" asks Cherry, who denies reports of a spinoff series (at least for a couple of years). "Next season, there'll be some other hit show, and people's attention will drift over to it."

And that time can't come soon enough for the cast, especially Hatcher, who has had reporters trawl through her trash; Denton, who just put his home on the market after a magazine ran a photo of the house; and Cross, who recently spent a Saturday at her salon in Santa Monica having her hair colored as 20 paparazzi aimed their cameras at her through the window. "It was crazy, unbelievable," Cross says. "Sometimes I can handle it; other times I just get back in my car and go home."

Sounding much like her desperate character Bree Van De Kamp, Cross says she probably will spend much of her summer tucked safely at home, "cleaning my closets and working on my house."

And maybe, she says, "I'll build a gate."


   5 May 2005 - Eva's Desperation for a Job

Source : ExtraTV

She slept with her gardener, ditched her mother-in-law on a shopping trip and even found time to throw her husband a going-to-prison party, but what was "Desperate Housewife" Eva Longoria's favorite moment of the year?

"Right now, meeting you," Eva said to our Mark McGrath.

After gracing dozens of magazine covers and scores of red carpet arrivals, we're pretty sure she's kidding, but Eva told "Extra" that it was actually that wit and a little honesty that helped her convince series creator Marc Cherry to give her the "Desperate" role.

"I was out last year auditioning on every pilot trying to get a show," Longoria recalled. "I was out there pounding the pavement, and when I auditioned for 'Desperate Housewives' it was like my fourth audition of the day. And Marc Cherry always makes fun of me because when I walked in he said, 'What did you think of the script?' And I said, 'Oh, I don't know, I just read my parts,' and he goes, 'That's so Gabrielle.'"

Luckily for us, Eva now reads all of the scripts and actually came ready to reveal a few secrets.

So who's the father of her baby? "It's actually in the season finale," she revealed. "And you actually don't know; we shot two different endings. It could be Ricardo's, it could be Jesse's. But I don't know, Marc Cherry won't tell me anything because he knows that I'm a leaker."

So will there be a clash between John and Carols? "Yes, in a big way," she said.

What about the Mary Alice mystery -- are we going to find out why she killed herself? "Yes, season finale," Eva assured us.

Meanwhile, season one may be finished, but Eva's schedule hasn't slowed down. She's launching a big-screen career alongside Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland in a new thriller called "The Sentinel," and she is starring in a new ad campaign for L'Oreal.


   4 May 2005 - Desperate Housewives' housing shame

Source : BBC

One of the 'Desperate Housewives' has revealed how their lovely homes aren't what they appear to be.

Wisteria Lane's not a real road, it's a lot at Universal Studios in Hollywood and the only house with a working toilet belongs to Bree.

Felicity Huffman who plays struggling mum Lynette says the place is infested with unwanted visitors:

"I kind of walk down the street and go I wish my wisterias could look like that and they don't because they're plastic."

"I kind of go 'What a lovely house, I'd love to live there', and you walk in and there's cockroaches and 2x4s behind there."


   2 May 2005 - White House Has A 'Desperate Housewife'

Source : Access Hollywood

First Lady Laura Bush stole the show at the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner Saturday night, confessing to being a “desperate housewife” because the president retires early.

President George Bush was midway through an alleged joke when the First Lady interrupted, then took over the stage to deliver her own takes on life under the White House microscope.

''George always says he's delighted to come to these press dinners. Baloney. He's usually in bed by now," Laura Bush said. ''I'm not kidding. 'I said to him the other day, 'George, if you really want to end tyranny in the world, you're going to have to stay up later.”

Amid much laughter, she continued. ''I am married to the president of the United States, and here's our typical evening," Laura Bush said. ''Nine o'clock, Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep, and I'm watching 'Desperate Housewives' -- with Lynne Cheney. Ladies and gentlemen, I am a desperate housewife. I mean, if those women on that show think they're desperate, they oughta be with George."

The annual dinner, which has been attended by presidents since Calvin Coolidge, is designed to ease the tensions that simmer between the White House press corps and the administration. Attendees at the event Saturday included Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and actors Richard Gere, Jane Fonda and Mary Tyler Moore.


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