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Could you name for me some of ...

Question: Could you name for me some of Alfre Woodard's finest comedic moments on Desperate Housewives? Her nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy just goes to show how much of a scam it was for them to submit the show as a comedy last year, which they basically did only because they felt they could win more easily. I think it ultimately came back to bite them, because Season 2 had even less to laugh at than Season 1 did. Answer: Good point. These hybrid hourlong comedies (with dramatic elements) are especially tough sells. Of all the questionable nominations, Alfre Woodard's for the most problematic element of Housewives last season is the biggest joke (and I'm a big fan of hers, just not in this poorly conceived and haplessly executed role) ... read more

I really need to voice my ...

Question: I really need to voice my complete disgust at this year's Emmy nods. As a huge fan of Lost, you must also be repulsed by the fact that the show isn't nominated. The series experienced no real decline in quality, and it's as much favored by audiences and critics as ever. What is the motivation behind snubbing it this way? Also, I know your opinion of Desperate Housewives has soured this season, but even at its worse, its quality is far greater than the completely mediocre Two and a Half Men, yet for some reason Men got the nomination. Marcia Cross did the best work of her career this season. In fact, toward the end of the season, she was basically carrying the show on her shoulders, yet the nod went to Alfre Woodard! Woodard is a fine actress, but this is a mere sympathy vote. She barely had any Emmy-worthy moments during her run, and her performance wasn't even comedic! I'm sure you share my pain. Answer: Do I ever. There's some feeling that Lost may be getting punished ... read more

There has been a lot of talk ...

Alfre Woodard, Desperate Housewives

Question: There has been a lot of talk about the supposed drop in quality of Desperate Housewives this season. I still find it highly enjoyable to watch, and I would argue that a breakout first season is very difficult to match, although some shows do pull it off. (Lost comes to mind.) My question, though, is about the presence of mystery or suspense on the show. The Mary Alice story line was part of what made the first season great, with its mix of drama and comedy. However, the part I have least enjoyed about the show this season is the mystery involving Alfre Woodard's character (and what a shame that such a superb actress has been so underused). Do you think Desperate Housewives needs to have a mystery as part of its show, or can it get back to the appeal of the first season based on the lives of the five main women alone? Answer: Excellent question. One also posed by Jenny, who put it this way: "I am a very inconsistent (at best) viewer of Desperate Housewives, but from what I have ... read more

I'm dying to know how the ...

Question: I'm dying to know how the whole Betty mystery will pan out on Desperate Housewives. Do you know anything about it?


Answer: A reliable source tells me it's going to end with Alfre Woodard locking her agent in the basement.

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I swear to god, if I hear ...

Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives

Question: I swear to god, if I hear another person saying something about the Desperate Housewives sophomore slump, I'm really going to lose it! All right, I am obviously a fan of the ladies on Wisteria Lane, and I will defend my favorite show till the very end, but seriously. If it's really lost its path this season, then why are there still around 23 million people tuning in for each new episode, which in my understanding is actually a slightly larger audience than last year? Even the return of The Sopranos has had minimal impact on the ratings. I will tell you why, Matt. Because there are people out there who are not capable of having their own opinions. So if someone starts a rumor during the summer hiatus that "now that the Mary-Alice mystery is resolved, there's bound to be a sophomore slump," then all of these hypocrites simply jump on that bandwagon before the second season even premieres. Suddenly it's cool to watch Grey's Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives is so 2004-05. Well, ... read more

Timberlake's Ex Is Out for Blood

Jenna Dewan is Tamara

Revenge has a new name (and a sssmokin' body). Tamara, starring music-video-dancer-turned-actress Jenna Dewan and from the creator of Final Destination, is a new horror film now playing at a theater near you. Oh, and did we mention that revenge smells nice and flowery, too? Actually, that's just the fragrance (not Curious, you can pretty much bet) worn by Justin Timberlake's post-Britney girlfriend as she sits down for a one-on-one with TVGuide.com.

TVGuide.com: So the moral of this movie is what Mom always told us: "Don't pick on the drab girl who's into the occult or else she'll clean up nice and unleash on you a load of hurt."
Jenna Dewan:
Yes, and we like that. That's what I love about the movie, is that it does have a big moral to it — "You reap w read more

Timberlake's Ex Is Out for Blood

Jenna Dewan is Tamara

Revenge has a new name (and a sssmokin' body). Tamara, starring music-video-dancer-turned-actress Jenna Dewan and from the creator of Final Destination, is a new horror film now playing in New York before going into wider release on Feb. 17. Oh, and did we mention that revenge smells nice and flowery, too? Actually, that's just the fragrance (not Curious, you can pretty much bet) worn by Justin Timberlake's post-Britney girlfriend as she sits down for a one-on-one with TVGuide.com.

TVGuide.com: So the moral of this movie is what Mom always told us: "Don't pick on the drab girl who's into the occult or else she'll clean up nice and unleash on you a load of hurt."
Jenna Dewan:
Yes, and we like that. That's what I love about the movie, is that it does have a b read more

Housewives' Woodard Tries Something New

Alfre Woodard in Something New

In the romantic comedy Something New, in theaters today, Sanaa Lathan plays an upwardly mobile African American who, despite cries of foul from friends and family, finds herself falling in love with Simon Baker's hunky landscaper. Helping the conflicted miss sort through her feelings is Desperate Housewives' Alfre Woodard, playing mom to Lathan — as she did in Love & Basketball. TVGuide.com spoke with Woodard about Something New's important message, the certain something she brings to the table, and, of course, life on Wisteria Lane. TVGuide.com: Just recently, I interviewed your Something New read more

The West Wing There was radioactive...

The West Wing There was radioactive — and political — fallout in the air with tonight's Three Mile Island-meets-Hurricane Katrina scenario. In a classic example of West Wing wish fulfillment, we got to see how the Bartlet Administration might handle a massive national disaster. In a word: well. From the emergency's get-go, Bartlet took command with his "the buck stops with me" leadership style. (Hmmm, wonder what the writers were getting at there?) From venting the radiation to asking the engineers to keep working, to making the trip to the disaster site, POTUS was on top of his game. It was a good day's work, even if the prez was getting advice from Oz's Schillinger. With all that going on, Kate still had to keep track of that other China syndrome brewin read more

The West Wing There was radioactive...

The West Wing There was radioactive — and political — fallout in the air with tonight's Three Mile Island-meets-Hurricane Katrina scenario. In a classic example of West Wing wish fulfillment, we got to see how the Bartlet Administration might handle a massive national disaster. In a word: well. From the emergency's get-go, Bartlet took command with his "the buck stops with me" leadership style. (Hmmm, wonder what the writers were getting at there?) From venting the radiation to asking the engineers to keep working, to making the trip to the disaster site, POTUS was on top of his game. It was a good day's work, even if the prez was getting advice from Oz's Schillinger. With all that going on, Kate still had to keep track of that other China syndrome brewin read more

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