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Fall TV Preview: Desperate Housewives

Returning Drama, Sun. 9-10PM, ABC

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The biggest news for Desperate‘s coming season is the addition of Ugly Betty spitfire Vanessa Williams as Wisteria Lane’s fifth Housewife. Exec producer Bob Daily says the show needed something of a reboot after Dana Delany left for her own show on ABC, Body of Proof. ”It feels a little bit like starting over in some ways,” Daily explains. ”Introducing Vanessa has really helped with reinvigorating the show.” Also bringing drama to Fairview in season 7 is Mary Alice’s widower, Paul (Mark Moses), who returns with new wife Beth (Men in Trees‘ Emily Bergl) — and a big secret. He’s ”bringing the creepy back,” hints Daily. Meanwhile, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) will be grappling with her new baby; Gaby (Eva Longoria Parker) and Bree (Marcia Cross) find themselves at odds over the bombshell revelation that Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) accidentally killed Carlos’ (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) mother years ago; and Susan (Teri Hatcher) is holed up in her crappy new digs, where Lainie Kazan — yes! — appears as her shady apartment manager. SEPT. 26