Desperate Housewives Cover TV Guide
“The idea for the five-year jump on Desperate Housewives really came from the executive producers of Lost,” show creator and executive producer Marc Cherry. “I’m actually doing something unheard of in Hollywood. I’m giving credit where credit is due… We didn’t need to do this, we wanted to do this. It’s given us all a new lease on life. We’re treating the season premiere like a pilot, as if we’re meeting these women all over again.”
Click inside to read more scoop on the new season of Housewives, which premieres this Sunday, September 28 @ 9PM ET/PT on ABC…
Glamour puss Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) is now a tired, dumpy, downwardly mobile mom. Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Mike (James Denton) are kaput. Frenemies Bree (Marcia Cross) and Katherine (Dana Delany) have launched a culinary empire. Lynette (Felicity Huffman) learns her hooligan kids are running an illegal casino. And Edie (Nicollette Sheridan), who fled town five years ago after trying to blackmail Bree, has returned very rich and very married to Dave (Neal McDonough), a high-octane self-empowerment guru who makes his wife move back to Wisteria Lane, but refuses to say why.
“It’s pretty bizarre,” Sheridan tells TV Guide. “He uses tricks as a motivational speaker and is very manipulative with her. In a way, he’s a good influence because Edie is now a more considerate and conscientious person. And she’s so thrilled to have a man. But it is kind of creepy.” Cherry adds, “Dave is a little bit of a psychopath and a very wounded man – he’s both vindictive and the victim.”
The October 26th episode, which is set around a 70th birthday party that Dave throws for Mrs. McCluskey (Emmy award winner Kathryn Joosten), will consist entirely of flashbacks. “As each of the ladies gets ready for the party, they remember key events that happened during the five years,” Cherry says. “It’s an important episode that will explain a lot about why these women have changed.”
Susan is no longer the vulnerable, open-hearted ditz of seasons past. “You’re going to see a Susan who’s closed off and self-protective, a lot less accessible yet also more sexual,” explains Hatcher. “She’s calling the shots now. This new relationship with Jackson (Gale Harold) is on her terms. She used to be a ‘Please, please, please love me’ sort of girl. Now she’s saying, ‘Don’t love me. I’m done with that now.’”
Bree and hubby Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) are reunited after Orson’s stint in prison. “There’s a delightfully horrible family reunion coming up,” Cherry says.
Katherine, who finds out she is going to be a grandma this season, is rattling around in her big old empty house and very lonely. “She’ll enter into a relationship with another resident on the lane – one of our regulars – and it’ll cause a bit of a scandal,” Cherry reveals. “Some viewers will love it, others will be upset,” adds Delany.
Regarding the flash-forward decision, Cherry says, “For those of you who tune in to our season premiere and aren’t absolutely thrilled with what we’ve come up with, I have a suggestion: Send your complaints to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the executive producers of Lost. After all, they’re the ones to blame.”