It's Mother's Day on Wisteria Lane, and the fierce maternal instincts of the ladies of Desperate Housewives made me think for a second I had accidentally switched over to Animal Planet: When Mothers Attack! (As you'll see below, this episode has me in a rather exclamatory mood...)Nude, snoring whore!Mike's momma (the always brilliant Celia Weston remember her in Junebug?) is in town, and is meeting Susan for the first time? That's weird. But anyhow, I guess it's just as well since she's kind of a pain, harping on Susan's every shortcoming and making it her goal to turn her into a "chef in the kitchen, a maid in the living room and a whore in the bedroom." Good luck with that!Despite the great guest star, this story started strong -- and funny -- but quickly turned repetitive as Momma's barbs became less subtle and more just plain cruel. Susan's pregnancy, meanwhile, moved along at its usual clip, meaning that tonight she was ready to deliver! So after faking labor with a glas...
Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant, Desperate Housewives
Question: I read Ask Matt twice a week and always enjoy your insights, and I especially like how you encourage people to ride things out. A pet peeve of mine is when some readers like to cry "jump the shark" and immediately vow to never watch a show again based on something they heard was going to happen. For example (spoiler alert): the twist involving Desperate Housewives' possible time warp for next season. I have seen lots of comments saying how stupid the idea is and how they won't watch if that happens. To me, it seems that if you are a fan of the show, why not watch and see how it plays out? If it is awful after the execution, fine, but it seems to me that fans are the ones jumping the shark and automatically assuming something is going to be bad. The other part of my rant was kinda spurred by the reader who vowed to stop watching Top Chef this season —and maybe for good — because of the improv challenge and how Jen was asked to leave over Lisa or Antonia. The reader said how ...
The narcotic, disembodied voice of Mary Alice instructed us tonight that when you invite someone into your home, you invite them into your life. Which is bad because
sometimes they refuse to leave. Let's check in with this week's "house guests," who, like fish, have started stinking up Wisteria Lane on the proverbial third day.Karl: Did you miss Karl? I know I sure did. It's funny to see a guy who loves seeing his ex-wife, if only to flirt with and torture her with his "happy monkey face." The glee with which Richard Burgi inhabits the character - not to mention the snappy adversarial chemistry he has with Teri Hatcher -- really puts into relief how ineffectual James Denton has become of late.In a twist of only-on-TV fate, Karl and his knocked-up "skank" child bride (aka the Hottest Law Professor Ever) are enrolled in the same Lamaze class as Susan. Which, naturally, sends her into a signature tailspin of wrongheaded deception, which includes overdressing for class (alth...
Justine Bateman in Desperate Housewives by Danny Feld/ABC
Jeers to Desperate Housewives for wasting Justine Bateman in a silly subplot. I was excited when I heard one of my teenage crushes would be visiting Wisteria Lane, but couldn't they have come up with a better-fitting role for the Family Ties alum than Ellie, a drug dealer who moves into Gaby and Carlos' house? I'm not sure which was more far-fetched: Gaby recruiting gay neighbor Lee to try and prove her boarder was a hooker or Ellie's untrue story that she's running a tattoo parlor in her room. Even Mallory Keaton wouldn't have bought that one. For a review of Robin Williams on Law & Order: SVU, check out the latest Cheers & Jeers vodcast. Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
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We know out of all of ladies on Housewives, Susan always seems to have to the luck of the dogs. Nothing can put a damper on your day quite like bumping into your ex-hubby and his pregnant "skank" at Lamaze class. And to add insult to injury, she's not only gorgeous but she's brilliant and rolling in the dough. Well, on the bright side, Susan's wrap looks mighty tasty. Watch it now! | More online videos
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"They jokingly refer to it as 'The Angina Monologues' because it has a similar set-up to The Vagina Monologues although this is more PG than that show," Desperate Housewives' Brenda Strong told TV Guide at the L.A. premiere of You've Gotta Have Heart, an evening of themed readings held to increase awareness about heart disease in women andraise money for the non-profit behind the show, Events Of The Heart. Strong enlisted co-stars Eva Longoria and Dana Delany to participate alongside Two and a Half Men's Holland Taylor, Nip/Tuck's AnnaLynne McCord and TV vets Jeffrey Tambor, Stephen Collins and Markie Post. Longoria, who was the constant butt of short jokes on stage because she was standing next to the incredibly tall Judy Gold, explained: "Brenda is a really good friend. Anything she wants me to support I am there for her. And it sounded like a fun way to get the information out there." The ladies, though, didn't need a lot of convincing. "It is something that is just not t...
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A Gale force is about to blow through Wisteria Lane, but this time the culprit isn't Mother Nature. Sources confirm to me exclusively that former Queer as Folk cad Gale Harold has booked a potentially recurring role on Desperate Housewives. The Vanished actor who turned up last November as a swastika-sportin' medic in a two-part Grey's Anatomy will play a quick-witted, charming and buttoned-down suburbanite. Picture a young Jack Lemmon, only without a cross-dressing Tony Curtis dragging him down. He'll be introduced in the May 18 finale and could return next season in a recurring capacity.
Emily VanCamp in Brothers & Sisters by Randy Holmes/ABC
We saw it coming. We dreaded it happening. And now its officialor as much as anything can be in the world of TV soap opera, in this case ABC's Brothers & Sisters. Rebecca is not a blood relation to the Walkers. So says her DNA. And her reaction to this genetic shocker was predictably unhappyso much so that it prompted her biological daddy to split for the other coast, leaving poor Holly once again bereft. Compounding the misery: Rebecca is now lying about it to Justin, the Walker who matters most. As if the surfing lesson that ended the episode wouldnt have had enough queasily sensual subtext as is.All of which leads me to this weeks critical quandary. Is it possible to hate a storyline and still love the actors caught up in it? (This also struck me watching last weeks Ugly Betty, with Henry succumbing to pregnant Charlies manipulations and sadly letting birthday-girl Betty down in every way possible. Christopher Gorham deserves better m...
Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant and Jason Gedrick by Ron Tom/ABC
Cheers to Desperate Housewives for grounding itself in real-world relationships and their ramifications. Whether it's Gaby's hysterically selfish reaction to Carlos' blindness or Bree's inability to forgive Orson for running over Mike, storylines are being allowed to play out over time and characters are behaving consistently. Even one of last season's weakest subplots, Lynette's near-romance with Rick, has been redeemed by the revelation of the long-term damage it did to her marriage (not to mention his restaurant, which her brats burned down). And Katherine's murky backstory has taken a brilliant twist with the casting of Gary Cole as her ex-husband... or is he? Bravo! For more on Desperate Housewives, check out the Cheers & Jeers vodcast. Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine!
The disembodied voice of Mary-Alice informed us that this week's episode of Desperate Housewives is about people breaking the rules. And while Wisteria Lane has never been a paragon of morality, it did seem like our girls have gotten themselves into a lot of hot water. To wit:Pants on fire So this week there was a lot of interesting stuff about Lynette and Tom trusting each other and/or believing each other when they talk
but ultimately this week's storyline seemed to serve as a mere set-up for what comes next.Yes, as much as my perverse masculine pride wanted New Tom to be an arsonist (is that weird?), it seems those of you who posted last week that the fire-starters were among the Scavo offspring were right. Well done! It was Preston and Porter who just wanted that man to go away, so to paraphrase Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas in VH1's Behind the Music: TLC they buuuuuuurned Rick's house down.As I learned many years ago in those awesome Mormon PSAs...