The network fall lineups are starting to take shape. As execs lick their wounds, dust off their failures and prepare to try it again with a whole new crop of shows, this is the time of year when they tell themselves — and more importantly, try to convince advertisers — that next season will be different.
And sometimes it is. Witness ABC's 2004 turn-around year, when Lost and Desperate Housewives hit the air, or the 1994 season, when NBC was blessed with ER and Friends. But those game-changing years don't come along often. As we head into the mid-May network "upfront" presentations (when new series are unveiled to media buyers and bubble shows are fed their fates), here's a network-by-network guide on what to look out for.
Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives wraps its eight-season run on Sunday, May 13 (9/8c on ABC) and what a long, strange trip it's been for the ladies of Wisteria Lane! As we prepare to kiss our favorite harried housewives goodbye, TVGuide.com takes a look back at each of the four protagonist's biggest triumphs, greatest downfalls and all the juicy hookups, makeups and breakups in between.
Check back every day this week for our takes on the other Housewives' wild rides.
Name: Gabrielle Solis Lang Solis
Known For: Very expensive taste in, well, everything; selfishness; telling it like it is
Marriages: Carlos Solis (twice, once divorced), Victor Lang (widowed)
Children: Daughters Juanita (who was switched at birth with...
After 41 years as All My Children's Erica Kane, Susan Lucci is (hopefully) heading to prime time. She stars in the ABC pilot Devious Maids, and...
Eva Longoria knows what it's like to be let down by the finale of one of her favorite TV
series. Nearly two years after Lost signed off, she's still grumbling that she wasn't given "a better explanation of what the f--- [the island] was. I wasn't keen on The Sopranos finale, either. All that investment and this is it?"
After eight years, Scott Bakula was ready to kiss the ladies of Desperate Housewives goodbye — and with them, any dreams he had of guest-starring on the show. But he made it to Wisteria Lane in the nick of time.
"[Series creator] Marc Cherry and I had been bumping into each other. He kept saying, 'I want to have you on the show,' and I kept telling him, 'I love the show. I'd love to be on it,'" Bakula tells TVGuide.com. "I thought that the ship had sailed on this one."
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Bakula, who says he's a Desperate Housewives fanboy, could not have been more wrong. The Emmy-nominated actor is in the middle of a juicy four-episode arc playing Bree's ruthless attorney, Trip Weston. "It's bizarre meeting...
James Denton is proving there's life after death on Wisteria Lane. Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has invited James, along with a handful of other actors who took their deaths gracefully (ahem), to appear in the May 13 series ender.
"I'm pretty stoked," says the former Mike Delfino. "A lot of great actors will be on that street — Steven Culp [Rex], Roger Bart [George], Richard Burgi [Karl], among others. If you gotta be dead, that's pretty good company." Add Lupe Ontiveros (Mama Solis) to the list, plus at least one more victim who will die in the finale, Marc says.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied ABC and Disney's request to dismiss Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination case against them, according to E! Online.
Nicollette Sheridan lawsuit ends in a mistrial
"I very, very strongly urge you to continue settlement discussions," Judge Elizabeth Allen White told the attorneys for both sides. She then set a retrial date for Sept. 10.
Another familiar face will be returning to Wisteria Lane for the series finale of Desperate Housewives.
Christine Estabrook will reprise her role as Martha Huber, the sister of Felicia Tillman (Harriet Sansom Harris) who met her demise at the hands of Paul Young (Mark Moses), TVGuide.com has confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter Hou first broke the news.
Dana Delany returning to Desperate Housewives for series finale
Huber was last seen...
Eva Longoria and Marc Cherry
Eva Longoria is staying close to her ABC and Desperate Housewives roots for her first new gig following the end of the drama series.
The star is set to executive-produce ABC's Devious Maids pilot from Housewives creator Marc Cherry, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.
Everybody Loves Raymond's Doris Roberts to visit Desperate Housewives
A judge has declared a mistrial in former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination suit against ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment, according to Deadline.
Judge Elizabeth Allen White announced her decision on Monday after the 12-person jury returned to court unable to reach a decision. Last week, the jury told the judge it was deadlocked in an 8-4 decision. On Monday, the jury foreman indicated the split was in Sheridan's favor, according to Deadline. Lawyers for both sides of the case say they plan to seek a new trial.