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This Week's Cover: The untold story of 'Desperate Housewives'


For the first time in years, ­Desperate Housewives is captivating America again — for reasons its creator and cast can’t be happy about. Former star Nicollette ­Sheridan sued Touchstone Television for wrongful termination after the show’s creator Marc Cherry killed off Sheridan’s man-eating alter ego, Edie Britt, in spring 2009. The details were scandalous — for instance, Cherry testified that Sheridan once called costar Teri Hatcher “the meanest woman in the world” — and the juicy, three-week trial culminated in a verdict reminiscent of Housewives’ famous cliff-hangers: A judge declared a mistrial due to a hung jury.

The publicity around the trial is a fitting coda for the eight-year-old ABC dramedy, which will finally sign off with a two-hour finale on May 13 at 9 p.m. To commemorate the end of this ­pioneering series (and in light of the show’s recent return to newsy relevance), EW decided to put the ladies of Wisteria Lane — klutzy divorcée Susan Mayer (Hatcher), frazzled mom Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), WASPy homemaker Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), and suburban sexpot Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) — on the cover of EW one last time. We conducted two dozen interviews with the cast, crew, and writers, who recall Housewives’ provocative premise, its controversial story lines and effect on the TV industry, and one very gnarly Vanity Fair photo shoot.

The chats with major Desperate players reaped delicious behind-the-scenes details from the series: On-screen husband Doug Savant blames the brouhaha over the much talked-about Vanity Fair cover on an “inhospitable” environment created by the production team at the photo shoot; Cross admitted that “people thought for a long time that I was the bitch” of the show; James Denton — whose character Mike Delfino was killed off the show on March 11 — told us about how much of a “bummer” the Sheridan lawsuit was and that she was “fun to work with”; Huffman admitted to being such a fan of her on-screen husband, played by Savant, that she offered to pay part of his salary so he wouldn’t make less money in the show’s final season; and all the ladies shared their favorite moments from the series — for Hatcher it was being “naked in the bushes” and for Longoria it was mowing the Solis’ lawn in the pilot while wearing heels. “Most of my favorite memories about the show have to do with sitting in my trailer with Marcia or Felicity,” Longoria continued, “and talking about life.”

For all of that and more about Desperate Housewives pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands March 23. Also, remember to follow @EW on Twitter. 

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EW's Bite of the Night for Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

We at EW scoured the TV line-up last night to find the best one-liners from your favorite shows. From Wisteria Lane to Denmark, with a pit stop to Chicago in between, it was truly a mixed bag. So how did churning butter, chat shows, and inappropriate Christmas cheer factor into last night’s programs? Read on…

Want more? Check out Mandi Bierly’s thoughts on The Good Wife, and read all about The Amazing Race‘s first-ever bunny obstacle course in our recap.

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EW's Bite of the Night for Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011

We at EW scoured the TV line-up last night to find the best one-liners from your favorite shows. Sunday may have been a day of rest for at least one housewife on Wisteria Lane, but Atlanta was an entirely different story. The sassy, Southern Real Housewives hit the ground running on their fourth season opener, including an epic, episode-ending showdown between outsize personalities NeNe Leakes and Sheree Whitfield. So what qualifies as a day off for the Desperate Housewives, and what barbed banter flew back and forth between NeNe and Sheree? Keep reading…

Want more? Check out Karen Valby’s take on the Atlanta Housewives’ less-than-peachy return.

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EW’s Bite of the Night for Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
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EW's Bite of the Night for Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011

We at EW scoured the TV line-up last night to find the best quotable lines from your favorite shows. It was quite a busy Sunday, as we saw a threefer of quotable goodness from a couple of Housewives and a pair of Amazing Racers. While the reality TV entries were all about modes of transportation, it was Desperate Housewives‘ Renee Perry (Vanessa Williams) who chipped in a catty comment that took the cake… well, not literally. Read on!

Want more? Check out our Amazing Race recap!

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EW’s Bite of the Night for Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
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'Desperate Housewives': Are things just about to get interesting?

Little of much interest happened on last night’s new episode of Desperate Housewives, as per usual.

Lynette went to therapy with Tom and then went on the hunt for a man and almost did the nasty with a rather nice dude, just before realizing that she wants to try to resolve things with Tom. (Renee coached her through her return to the dating scene: “Lay off the ice cream. There’s no Photoshop in real life.”) Gaby battled the Mean Girls of the PTA, as she tried to put on an event at Juanita’s school. Susan battled, too — but she was at odds with her art teacher, as he continued to pick at her through the hour. (And she continued to act like a junior high kid, endlessly giggling at the art class model’s penis. I couldn’t agree more with what the art teacher told her later in the episode, when he was trying to convince her to come back to his class: “You’re a bizarre car crash that somehow fascinates me.”) And Bree, well, she — in true Bree fashion — managed to turn a homeless soup kitchen into a hipster bisque hangout.

All pretty much filler, if you ask me, as we soldier on through the series’ final season. Just 17 more episodes until we can put this old timer to sleep! But, okay, yes — I’m staring to write like Mary Alice talks! — there were a few little tidbits that were juicy in the episode.


'Desperate Housewives': Is the final season living up to your expectations?

Maybe it’s too soon to say this, but this season of Desperate Housewives isn’t exactly living up to my expectations. I know there have only been four episodes so far and my expectations are probably unrealistically high, but that being said, this is the final season of a series built on seven (!) years of history. That’s a lot of story to resolve and the reason I expected each episode  to be seriously buzzworthy. But that hasn’t exactly been the case so far. READ FULL STORY

'Desperate Housewives': Post-murder angst continues, Susan and Carlos (?!) almost kiss

You’d think a series that kicks off its final season with a murder cover-up would move a tad bit faster, but Housewives seems to be content in keeping a slow and steady pace. Not to say that’s necessarily the worst thing. After all, this week’s episode laid the groundwork for at least two big plot lines moving ahead and some entertaining filler stories in between: Lynette tormented/nearly destroyed her newly engaged sister’s relationship, Renee took Lee’s daughter shopping and learned she may have some maternal instincts after all, and Bree and Gaby worked together to find out what Detective Chuck Vance was hiding (a ring, it turns out).

Of course, the episode’s biggest development involved Susan, Carlos and (later) Mike. While Gaby was busy helping Bree sneak behind the detective’s back, Carlos was busy bonding with Susan. The two bumped into each other during a late night stroll and talked about their post-murder angst. But that was just the starting point! Once they realized they had a murder to bond over, the possibilities were endless. By the end the walk, Susan even recommended Carlos read To Kill a Mockingbird because she thought he’d like it. Book recommendations? That’s like the adult equivalent of a friendship bracelet. Anyway, when Mike realized Susan and the neighbor she used to refer to as Ricky Ricardo were developing a friendship, he was naturally skeptical, but Susan assured him he had nothing to worry about. READ FULL STORY

'Desperate Housewives': Is Chuck Vance the 'Connection' to Mary Alice?

It was a slow week in Fairview. That is to say, ahem, that very little of interest happened on last night’s new episode of Desperate Housewives: Gaby and Carlos’ sex life petered out (literally), and she tried to spice it up with a stripper; Susan morosely moped around town, trying to get in trouble so she could be punished and feel less guilty about the murder she’s helping to cover up with the other ladies; Lynette and Tom bickered about how to raise the kids (and she did one hell of a keg stand); and Renee continued to try to get her hooks into new neighbor, Ben — and it seemed to work. Oh right, and haggy ol’ Karen McCluskey also triumphantly returned to the Lane, woo hoo!


Eva Longoria, Tina Fey named Top Female TV Earners by 'Forbes'

What’s the opposite of blerg? Tina Fey won’t be dusting off that classic Liz Lemonism for a while because she was just named TV’s highest-paid actress by Forbes. Fey tied with Eva Longoria for the top spot, with each actress raking in $13 million between May 2010 and May 2011. Fey took the lead for her multitasking role as a star, producer, and head writer on 30 Rock, plus the earnings from her book Bossypants, which just sold its millionth copy. Longoria’s success came not only from her role on Desperate Housewives but also from lucrative endorsement deals with L’Oréal and LG.

Longoria was joined by fellow Housewives Marcia Cross (#3), and Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, who tied for sixth place with $9 million apiece. Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay and soon-to-depart CSI regular Marg Helgenberger earned a healthy $10 million to tie Cross for third place. Rounding out the group, Cougar Town‘s Courteney Cox and Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy both earned $7 million, and The Good Wife star Juliana Margulies took home $6 million last year.

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'Desperate Housewives' season premiere: Which Wisteria Lane lady will spill their big secret first?

It’s inevitable: One of the four ladies of Wisteria Lane will eventually slip up—or, alternatively, crack under pressure—and reveal the secret we saw them hide last night on the season premiere of Desperate Housewives. It’s too juicy a landmine to not have the repercussions play out deliciously on this, the show’s last season. “There’s no task more unpleasant than getting rid of an unwanted guest,” the always-wise and ever-dead Mary Alice intoned knowingly, as the ladies collectively buried Gaby’s skeevy step-father Alejandro in the woods, with the help of the man who killed him, Carlos. Fat chance of no one spilling the beans on this one.

So who is most likely to crack? Right now, it seems like Susan is cruising fastest toward a reveal, but let’s take a look at each of the housewives’ odds, based on what happened in last night’s season premiere.

Some Potential for Cracking
Lynette seems more preoccupied with the chaos surrounding her family right now rather than worrying too much about the secret she’s partially harboring. So if it is her who buckles, it won’t be until she resolves the current situation with her separation. But, Lynette did have a perplexing nightmare, which sent her running back into Tom’s delightful arms, and signals that—maybe, just maybe—she’s not as steely as the facade she’s putting out there. In short: She could be a ticking time bomb.


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