Vanessa Williams

As I first reported last month, Vanessa Williams has inked a lucrative contract to stay within the ABC family as the newest of Wisteria Lane's Desperate Housewives. Now here are the exclusive first details about a character that couldn't be more different from Vanessa's Ugly Betty witch, Wilhelmina Slater. First off, she sounds about as desperate as any housewife who has ever lived on the Lane.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Vanessa will play Renee Filmore-Jones. She is an old college chum of Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman). They were rivals way back in the '80s, and we can certainly expect that relationship to continue in Fairview. (Oh, please give us flashbacks of these two duking it out in their dormitory!)

Renee has been married for years to a handsome, hunky man (likely an athlete) named Keith Jones (I'm so picturing NYPD Blue hunk Henry Simmons in this role, though it's yet to be cast). They have no kids, meaning Renee has spent all these years just being a housewife supporting her man. But she's reached a time in her life when she wants to do more.

Oh, one last thing: she has a secret. Who on Wisteria Lane doesn't? Welcome to whackville, Renee. We can't wait to meet you!

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