I'm fascinated by what makes it on television — take Desperate Housewives for instance. A show essentially making fun of the idea of the quiet "suburban" life couldn't possibly have that many interesting plotlines and could get remotely one-note after a time. Yet this fall, the Marc Cherry series which probably couldn't have worked will go into its fourth season.
The series, for those of you who have heard and never watched, centers around a group of women played by MacGyver's girlfriend Teri Hatcher, William H. Macy's wife Felicity Huffman, Michael Bolton's wife Nicollette Sheridan, Tony Parker's wife Eva Longoria, and Marcia Cross. These women are housewives who have a seemingly "desperate" need to either poke into someone's business or hide their own dirt from each other.
Revealing these truths is narrator Mary Alice (Brenda Strong), who was a friend of the other women.In the first episode of the first season, she kills herself. Why? You'll have to rent the first season from Netflix to figure that one out.
For the third season, several story threads are in play. Bree Van De Kamp (Cross) gets married to Orson Hodge (Kyle MacLachlan), a suburbanite of the Rear Window variety who seems to like having dead bodies in his garden. Lynette Scavo (Huffman) deals with a unknown-to-her daugther that her husband had while attempting to establish her own pizzeria business. Gabrielle Solis (Longoria) gets a divorce and a possible new romance while Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) tries to bag a man (James Denton) by taking advantage of his amnesia, while Susan Mayer (Hatcher) moves in with an Englishmen who has a wife in a coma.
Compelling, huh? Well, not really. The average soap does this every week. The draw to this show, to be quite honest, is Eva Longoria. She's a looker and showcases that a race other than white can actually live out in the 'burbs. It's too bad she wasn't believable as a secret service agent in 24: The Movie.
Teri Hatcher seems to best fit the role of a desperate housewife. She was desperate to marry Superman, effectively ending the series because of it. She was also keen on trying to grab Macgyver as a boyfriend; luckily that wasn't every episode.
Felicity Huffman also seems to fit the role of a desperate housewife. However I believe she plays the character strictly as a character and not as a reflection as to what she really is in life. After all, she's snagged a reasonably good actor in William H. Macy.
The other actresses — well, it's a payday for them.
Aside from Longoria and maybe Hatcher, there's nothing else about Desperate Housewives to get excited over. Then again, it's on year four. What do critics know anyway?
This DVD set comes with all 23 episodes with several special features:
- Here Comes The Bride — A Behind The Scenes Look At The Season Finale
- Amas de Casa Desesperadas — Meet The Lovely Latinas Of Wisteria Lane
- Marc Cherry (creator of Desperate Housewives) talking about his favorite scenes
- The usual deleted scenes