<EM>Desperate Housewives</EM> 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.