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Eva Longoria Sets the Record Straight

Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria

When Eva Longoria arrived at ABC's winter press-tour party at the Wind Tunnel in Pasadena, Calif., TVGuide.com cozied up to the Desperate Housewives star, who was more than happy to speak on a variety of topics, including the casting of her TV mom, her romance with San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker and, yes, that much-publicized Vanity Fair cover shoot. First up: "I'm thrilled," the brunette beauty enthuses of Chasing Papi's Maria Conchita Alonso being hired as her Housewives mami, first appearing in the Feb. 19 episode. "We're going to learn [through Lucia] why Gaby is the way that she is." While the popular prime- read more

Everybody has been saying ...

Question: Everybody has been saying that Desperate Housewives is in a slump. I'm not sure if that's an opinion I truly agree with, or merely one I've acquired from others who have been saying so pretty much since the day after the second-season premiere aired. Whatever the case, I have to say there is one part of the show that I have come to loathe: George. In the first season he was a creepy character who proved to be an interesting wrinkle in Bree and Rex's marriage. This season, with Rex out of the picture, George has taken on a bigger role in Bree's life as well as the life of the show, and I, for one, can't say it has been for the better. We have gotten to see just what level of crazy he is, and to what lengths he will go to get what he wants. I mean, not only did he manipulate Bree into having sex with him when she obviously wasn't ready, but now he's killed her therapist and proposed to her just seven weeks after her husband's death (which he, of course, caused)! To me he is a ... read more

Today's column was written by Matt Webb Mitovich.

WISTERIA HYSTERIA

Desperate Housewives

The creator of Desperate Housewives rebuffs the rants of critics who have opined that the Sunday sudser — despite averaging 27.2 million viewers a week, up from last season — has hit a sophomore slump creatively. "Yes, we're trying some new stuff," Marc Cherry tells the Associated Press. "Some of it might work. Some of it might not. They can't all be gems." Although he did not write any of this season's first three episodes himself, Cherry accepts "the credit and the blame for everything that goes on screen." Unless you want to blame Rod Lurie. Marc's cool with that, too. read more

Does no one at TV Guide like ...

Question: Does no one at TV Guide like Desperate Housewives anymore?


Answer: Huh? You'd be hard-pressed to find someone here who doesn't like those crazy Wisterians. Heck, even I — arguably one of the show's most attractive high-profile detractors — came around and praised last week's season premiere. Too bad the romance was short-lived; Housewives reverted to its old habits on Sunday's show. Everything I loved about the premiere vanished in Episode 2, most notably the clever writing. The whole extortion subplot with Carlos and Gabrielle played like an embarrassing D-story from the final days of Melrose Place, and the Susan-Karl-Edie triangle went from zero to nowhere in six seconds. At least the writers had the good sense to have Bree backhand Shirley Knight. Now that's entertainment. BTW, does any read more

BAIT AND SWITCH

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is teaming with Don Mancini (creator of the Chucky films) to develop an hourlong suspense drama for ABC titled Kill/Switch. Although details of the show are hard to come by, Variety says it will feature a supernatural element and, quite possibly, a lead female character who's lifeless. (Paging Elisabeth Rohm....) In other development news, 24 masterminds Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow have sold a drama pilot to Fox that's being billed as a modern-day L.A. Confidential. read more

Housewives' Sexy Rex Says Goodbye

Rex Van De Kamp didn't stand a chance. Bree's S&M-loving hubby (played by Steven Culp) went the way of Mary Alice and Mrs. Huber in the season finale of Desperate Housewives — but series creator Marc Cherry says his demise was a long time coming. "Bree is based on my mom. And my dad died, so I told poor Steven, 'Had my dad lived, you'd still have a job.'" Rex won't be the last Wisteria Lane resident to bite the dust, Cherry reveals. "Somebody will meet a surprising end at least once a year," he says. Here, an unbelievably upbeat Culp talks about his departure, his reaction and his plans.
TV Guide: We're so sorry. You finally found joy in your sex life and then you had to die!
Steven Culp:
How like life. [Laughs]

TVG: How did you find out that Rex was toast?
Culp:
In April the guys from the show went on Celebrity Poker Showdown [airing on Bravo read more

Desperate Hubby Here to Stay

Psst! Think you know everything about the residents of Wisteria Lane? Well, you might not have realized it, but Melrose Place alumnus Doug Savant isn't an official series regular on Desperate Housewives. That seems odd, considering the 41-year-old thesp did the talking when the show's stars picked up their SAG Award for best ensemble cast this month.Here's the sitch: This season, each time Lynette's husband Tom shows up on screen, Savant is listed as a guest star — he's the only partner of the Housewives to be so credited. Yet he's not on the permanent cast roster. What gives? "I guess it's because I'm out of town all the time," he says with a laugh. "When a show starts out, nobody knows whether it's going to be a hit, and everybody's trying to save money. [Creator] Marc Cherry told me this was one of the ways the show could get done without hav read more

Desperate Housewives: The Spin-off

Ever since Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry revealed that the twinkle in his eye is, in fact, a spin-off of the soap that has viewers in a lather, TV Guide Online has been focused on predicting its sister sudser's scenario. With some of our propositions, the network could probably clean up. And others? OK, we admit it — they just don't wash. Read on, then vote for the plot you're "desperate" to watch.Desperate Housewives 2: Bree Van De Camp Living... Better: Anyone on Wisteria Lane will tell you that no one throws a nicer dinner party or bags a more fragrant potpourri than Bree (Marcia Cross). At last tired of whipping submissive spouse Rex (Steven Culp), she decides to dominate something more challenging — Martha Stewart's turf. Going Hollywood read more

Desperate Housewives: The Spin-off

Ever since Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry revealed that the twinkle in his eye is, in fact, a spin-off of the soap that has viewers in a lather, TV Guide Online has been focused on predicting its sister sudser's scenario. With some of our propositions, the network could probably clean up. And others? OK, we admit it — they just don't wash. Read on, then vote for the plot you're "desperate" to watch.Desperate Housewives 2: Bree Van De Camp Living... Better: Anyone on Wisteria Lane will tell you that no one throws a nicer dinner party or bags a more fragrant potpourri than Bree (Marcia Cross). At last tired of whipping submissive spouse Rex (Steven Culp), she decides to dominate something more challenging — Martha Stewart's turf. Going Hollywood read more

Desperate Housewives Spin-off News


It was as inevitable as Mrs. Huber's murder: Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has had informal talks with ABC about giving his monster hit a sister soap.

"The network has saved an area [on the schedule] for me when I'm ready to write it," he reveals. "[But] it's going to take me a couple of seasons before I have the energy/time."

At least the scribe's idea is ready to roll — he came up with the concept before Housewives even premiered. "I knew another angle on telling the stories of the people in this neighborhood," the recent Golden Globe winner says, cryptically acknowledging that Housewives 2 would focus on a "segment of Wisteria Lane's population... but set somewhere else."

Like, maybe, a dorm? The most popular spin-off theory has Cherry sending one of Housewives' teens to college. But TV analyst Steve Sternberg of Magna Global USA believes "it makes more sense to do it with a main character. Once the read more

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