Alma seein' you, on Desperate Housewives.
We thought she was dead, but in the Nov. 26 episode of ABC's Desperate Housewives, we were shocked to discover that Alma Hodge (Valerie Mahaffey) was alive and well. And in this week's new episode (airing Sunday at 9 pm/ET), she's coming to Wisteria Lane to — what else? — wreak havoc.
"Alma's reappearance has a huge effect on everyone," says series creator Marc Cherry. Especially Bree (Marcia Cross), who faints at the mere sight of her. But in typical Bree fashion, she quickly recovers and throws — what else? — a dinner party, so the neighbors can see for themselves that her hubby, Orson (
They're always in the shadow of their female costars, but the men of Desperate Housewives may finally be taking center stage. Executive producer Marc Cherry is considering a male narrator for a very special episode that would focus mostly on the men of Wisteria Lane. "The whole show would be told from a male point of view," Cherry tells TV Guide. The narrator will be DH's favorite dead husband, Rex Van De Kamp. "I was sitting in a makeup chair on the set of my new show, [ABC's mid-season series] Traveler, and my cell phone rang," says Steven Culp, who played Rex. "It was Marc. He told me he wanted me to be the narrator. I said fabulous. They could change their minds, but I hope not." Should Culp need any pointers, regular narrator Brenda Strong is available. "I'm waiting for the phone call from Steven saying, 'Oh, my god, is that what you do? It's a lot harder than I thought,'" Strong told TVGuide.com the other day. "I, for one, am going to be really curious to see it."By Mary Murph...
Looks like Marc Cherry is keeping his promise: He's been in the media everywhere proclaiming that the show's quality will be back in tip-top shape, like it was in the first season. He deserves a pat on the back for cowriting a (for the most part) first-rate script with Jeff Greenstein (Emmy-winning writer/executive producer of Will & Grace - Jeff wrote the pivotal '80s flashback episode where Will first came out to Grace). I thought it was a smart thing to fast-forward to six months from the last time we saw them. This way they didn't have to deal with following up on the aftermath of the Applewhites' departure; also, Xiao-Mei's more pregnant and they could have Bree realistically able to say yes to Orson's proposal.Poor unlucky-in-love Bree. She went from one disastrous relationship to the next and then to the next. But tonight's biggest highlight for me was Bree experiencing her very first orgasm without even realizing it. I had been wondering what she was exactly referring to...
Question: I just wanted to thank you for the hard work you do giving us the chance to talk about television. The greatness of your columns is that you really discuss television, not spoilers. You present arguments, opinions and facts regarding every TV issue, and you let us be part of this debate. I look forward to your column every week. Though it is still very early to form a proper opinion on a lot of new fall series, what do you think about Brothers & Sisters? I have been reading that the show may be a little too depressing for Sunday night. My hope knows no limits regarding this show, since I think it has a flawless cast (especially now that Sally Field has joined it). Also, I would like to know your expectations for the new season of Desperate Housewives. It is true that in its sophomore year the show took a wrong turn, but I think that it can reach perfection once again.
Answer: Gee, thanks for the testimonial. The main reason I can't discuss Brothers & Sisters with any
Question: Enough with Grey's — where are the Desperate Housewives scoops?
Answer: Major prattle: As if Bree didn’t have enough to contend with, Wisteria Lane’s resident alcoholic is about to fall for a sex addict played by former Oz star Lee Tergesen. Of course, Bree won’t know he’s a sex addict until his sponsor shows up at her front door and tells her. Tergesen’s multi-episode arc kicks off on March 26. While we're dishing Bree, Marc Cherry has apparently scrapped plans to introduce a fortysomething character with a "Tom Hanks likability" that would have figured prominently both in Bree's romantic life and in next season's big mystery
Question: At the beginning of the season, everyone was saying we'd see Edie's son on Desperate Housewives. How much longer until he shows up?
Answer: I'm guessing Marc Cherry had a change of heart, because I know of no imminent plans to introduce the little demon spawn.
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-
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 ...
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.
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