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ABC Finds a Hit in Desperate Housewives

Published October 17, 2004 in TELEVISION
By Ryan Parsons | Synopsis and image from ABC
Eva Longoria is looking smoking hot in this show. Eye candy is just one of those perks.
Alright, I have been witnessing some of the show ideas that may be coming up and can only laugh at what the networks have in store. One of the show pilot's I did laugh at was Desperate Housewives. However, I have now seen the show [both the first and second episode] and must say that the show is pretty damn entertaining. A new Sex in the City, but this time there is something secret going on and almost all the scandalous women are married.

What ABC Says of Desperate Housewives

This is a synopsis of Desperate Housewives according to the ABC website:

A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on "happily every after," this new hour- long drama takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren't always what they seem.

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 neighbors, commenting from her elevated P.O.V.

Her small circle of girlfriends are 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 neighbors, including serial divorcee Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), whose romantic conquests have everyone buzzing.

Then there are the men: Hunky new neighbor Mike Delfino (James Denton), a supposedly widowed plumber who has Susan and Edie vying for his attention; Rex Van De Kamp (Steven Culp), who's just told Bree he wants a divorce; Gabrielle's better half, Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), who figures he bought his wife a $15,000 diamond necklace, so she should do whatever he tells her; as for Mary Alice's newly-widowed husband, Paul (Mark Moses), there must be a reason why he's acting so suspiciously – and why he's digging up the pool in the middle of the night!

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 neighbor's closed door in this seemingly perfect American suburb.

Marc Cherry is executive producer and writer. Michael Edelstein and Tom Spezialy are executive producers, and Charles Pratt Jr. is consulting producer of the series, from Touchstone Television.

Just from the posted synopsis, you can tell this show is a little more than the foo-foo girl soap opera where a main character becomes possessed by Satan every once in a while. The show finds its strength in sex, scandal, and the fact that even the most ordinary people have the strangest skeletons in their closet.

In the end, this is not your typical 'girl' show. Just as many men should find Desperate Housewives just as entertaining as women.
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