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Sarah Paulson, last seen on Desperate Housewives back in 2007, is returning to Wisteria Lane in her role as Lynette's loser sister, Lydia. But oh how things have changed. "Lynette always helped put the pieces back in Lydia's disastrous personal life, but she is now engaged and shows up with her new fiancé," previews executive producer Bob Daily. With Lynette newly separated from Tom, Lydia is now the one offering a shoulder to cry on. "We'll hear her say, 'Oh Lynette, I'm so sorry. What can I do to help?' The seeds of sibling rivalry are planted as the roles are reversed." TV fans may also remember Sarah from such series as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Deadwood.

Making its final victory lap, Daily says Housewives also plans to bring back the Housewives' various MIA children — including Julie (Andrea Bowen), Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) and Danielle (Joy Lauren) before May's swan song. And there's even some thought being given to introducing the grown-up version of Tom's illegitimate demon daughter, Kayla, last played by child actress Rachel Fox in 2008 before the series' five-year time jump.

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