Dana Delany and Marcia Cross in Desperate Housewives by Ron Tom/ABC
Cheers to Dana Delany for cooking up fresh trouble on Desperate Housewives. The China Beach Emmy winner's recent arrival on Wisteria Lane has taken the ABC serial back to its catfighting roots. Her mysterious character, Katherine Mayfair, has already clashed with Bree (Marcia Cross) about pie recipes and Gaby (Eva Longoria) about her flirtatious ways. Good thing Delany has signed up for more seasons we're hungry for extra helpings.Share your own Cheers & Jeers about Housewives and any other TV program on the new Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.
Remember to smile with your eyes, too, Bree! Marcia Cross by Ron Tom/ABC
Locked doors and mysterious offspring on Wisteria Lane? There hasn't been enough of that since the Applewhites slipped out of town, so let's welcome the Mayfairs and hope they pump up the cul-de-sac's intrigue factor. Daughter Dylan's creepy dream is a great place to start. It should also be fun to watch Katherine (Dana Delany) and Bree claw away at each other (decorously, of course). Not so decorous is Lynette, but then she does have a pretty good excuse, and tonight Tom will get on her nerves. And poor Susan might be the Rodney Dangerfield of Fairview, but would you mistake her for a stripper? Paul Droesch
Question: I have enjoyed your take on the nightly TV offerings and agree for the most part. I wondered what you thought about the return of ABC's Sunday night, particularly Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. I really thought DH was back in good form with some great twists and an intriguing new family. It is nice to have Marcia Cross back full-time and keeping Kyle MacLachlan around as her husband was a smart move. I really enjoyed B&S more, though. Sally Field showed exactly why she won that Emmy. Her range of comedy to drama was outstanding. What a great matriarch to build this show around. I thought the episode was a little busy with all the plot points, but what a great season it set up. I am really looking forward to what the Walkers have in store for us.
Answer: Can't argue with anything here. I enjoyed both season premieres quite a bit, and like most of last season, I found Brothers & Sisters ultimately more satisfying than Housewives, though that episode had quite a bit
Question: Much has been made of the strength of the 2004-2005 TV season, where many successful shows were launched. House, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal and Grey's Anatomy all debuted that year and have become major players in the TV landscape. Now these shows are entering their fourth seasons, often a time when the prospects of even better quality and longevity come into question. Off the top of my head, I can think of a number of series that, in my opinion, had their best seasons in their fourth year (24, Angel, Ally McBeal among them), while others started to flounder around that time (including The Practice, The West Wing and Will & Grace). Of all the 2004 shows entering their fourth seasons, which one(s) do you think have the best chance of taking it to another level, and which do you think may start to slide? Feel free to throw Battlestar Galactica's fourth and final season into the mix; although the miniseries was in 2003, it's still starting its official fourth season.
Lynette shared news of her illness with Susan and the other housewives. Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman by Ron Tom/ABC
Episode Recap: "Now You Know" Though Bree's secret is still under wraps (literally), Lynette couldn't hide hers any longer. I don't blame her at all for playing the "cancer card" (as her mother said) in order to tell off that witchy school mom. The whole time, I was aching for Lynette to rip off her wig and I got my wish! Cancer definitely trumps Miss "Migraine Since '87." But imagine Lynette's pain and humiliation at having to break it to her friends in that way, and admit her vulnerability. So the four housewives made a "no more secrets" pact with each other while several ginormous secrets remain. First up is Bree. Even a stray pointy serving utensil stuck deep into her fake, foamy bump didn't faze her, and she and Orson remained freakishly calm and conniving, quickly thinking on their feet and making it into a joke. But from the close call, Orson discovered that Bree wants to raise Danielle's child to make up for what she deems her failure with Danielle and Andrew. ...
They're ba-aaack. Desperate Housewives by Ron Tom/ABC
In case you've been left hanging over the summer, Nicollette Sheridan is indeed still in the cast as the Wisterians return for Season 4. And its a good thing: Looks like shell be keeping things plenty interesting between Gaby and Carlos. Elsewhere tonight, Bree and Lynette are having trouble keeping their secrets (a fake pregnancy and cancer, respectively, in case you've forgotten). Then there's new neighbor Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany). Actually, she's an old neighbor, back for a second stint on Wisteria Lane, which means she knows how to play I've Got a Secret, too. Paul Droesch
Lyndsy Fonseca, Nathan Fillion and Dana Delany, Desperate Housewives
A new family is moving to Wisteria Lane this fall, but not everyone's rolling out a welcome mat. Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany) lived on the block 12 years ago with her daughter, Dylan (Lyndsy Fonseca), and aunt, Mrs. Sims (Ellen Geer), but left under mysterious circumstances. Now she's back with her teenage daughter and her second husband, Adam (Nathan Fillion), a hunky gynecologist. Ostensibly, they returned to take care of the dying Mrs. Sims, but like all new characters on Desperate Housewives, the Mayfairs harbor a dark secret that will be revealed as the season progresses. Says creator Marc Cherry: "They had to leave Chicago because something unsavory happened in Adam's professional life."
Katherine's a perfectionist and a control freak. (Think Bree, but much
James Denton and Teri Hatcher by Ron Tom/ABC
The Wisteria Lane Welcome Wagon has moved way beyond a greeting and a coffee cake. In fact, for Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher, her first scene with new cast member Nathan Fillion proved to be an unusually warm introduction."Often you'll hear actors say that there's the oddity of meeting someone and the next thing you know you're doing a kissing scene. Ours was, 'Hi, nice to meet you. My feet are going to be up in stirrups and you need to stick your head [between my legs]. Welcome to Desperate Housewives,' Hatcher told TV Guide at the ABC All-Star Party July 26 in Beverly Hills.Fillion, who joins the cast as a dashing young gynecologist, will be moving into Mikes house with Dana Delany, who plays his wife, and according to James Denton, there is something dark and twisty about the new neighbors. Something really dark happened in that house and thats why they have to move back. We dont know what it is, but I cant wait to find out.For Denton, the ...
Question: Is it true that Dana Delany's younger husband on Desperate Housewives will be Nathan Fillion?
Answer: The deal isn't 100 percent closed, but it looks like he'll appear in at least this season's first 12 episodes. Interesting factoid: Fillion played the priest that Delany seduced on Pasadena. Another interesting factoid: I never said Delany was playing Bree's sister on DH (Ausiello Report 7/2). I said the characters were so similar she could be playing her sister.
Nathan Fillion by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
Fresh off Ausiello's scoopage that Dana Delany is in advanced talks to join Desperate Housewives the very show she turned down back when it was in the pilot stage comes word from the Hollywood Reporter that Nathan Fillion is being eyed to play the strapping, tight-pants-wearing younger husband of Delany's character (a wholesome, Bree-like Republican). Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother) is in talks to play the new Wisteria Lane couple's hell-raising daughter. Yes, Fonseca was previously announced to have earned a recurring role on Heroes this season. Apparently she is empowered with the "ability" to juggle two A-list jobs. (Mohinder can fill you in on all the deets. Genome project, blah-blah.... )POLL: Which returning drama series are you most excited for? Vote here (bottom right).