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DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (article first published : 2005-04-11)

Desperate Housewives topped the US popularity charts last year and officially became the no 1 show of 2004. It also made waves when it premièred in the UK earlier this year, attracting the biggest TV audience since the launch of ER more than ten years ago.

The lovely ladies of Desperate Housewives have stolen the limelight on many a red carpet and showed their worth by claiming some of the entertainment world's most prestigious awards.

First the American public voted the show the best new dramatic television series at the People's Choice Awards and thereafter the housewives nabbed a couple of Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Teri Hatcher got the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television series (Comedy or Musical) and the show won the prestigious award for Best Television series (Comedy or Musical). At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Hatcher collected another statuette and the rest of the cast garnered the award for Best Ensemble.

The series portrays the reality behind the apparent domestic bliss of a group of wives in upmarket suburbia. It also offers a truly contemporary take on "happily ever after".

Looking down on her friends and family isn't a way of life for Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong). It's a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbours, commenting from her elevated point of view.

Her small circle of girlfriends is wondering why one of their own would do something so rash -and so messy. There's Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), the divorcee and single mom who will go to extraordinary lengths for love; Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), the ex-career woman who traded the boardroom for boredom, mixed with moments of sheer panic as the mother of four unmanageable kids; Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross), the Martha Stewart on steroids, whose family is about to mutiny; and Gabrielle Solis, the ex-model with everything she's every wanted - a rich husband, a big house - so what is she doing with John, the 17-year-old gardener (Jesse Metcalfe)? And there are her neighbours, including serial divorcee Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), whose romantic conquests have everyone buzzing.

From her unique vantage point, Mary Alice sees more now than she ever did alive, and she's planning to share all the delicious secrets that hide behind every neighbour's closed door in this seemingly perfect American suburb.

Desperate Housewives originally started off as a comedy pilot and was rejected by every network including Lifetime and HBO. ABC expressed an interested, and it was retooled to its current format of a dark comedy/drama.




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