The ''Ugly Betty'' star joins the cast of ''Desperate Housewives''

By Tanner Stransky
Updated September 10, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

The bitch is back! Emmy nominee and former Ugly Betty star Williams, 47, takes up residence on Desperate Housewives‘ Wisteria Lane this fall as Renee, a high-rolling baseball wife and Lynette’s old college roommate.

Who is Renee?
She’s the wife of a New York Yankee. She’s a tough cookie who’s a bit passive-aggressive in terms of her compliments and intentions.

Her grand entrance
I’m introduced in a limo coming down Wisteria Lane. I get out, and I’m talking on the phone in my Renee world. She’s trying to bring her New York housewife bling to Wisteria Lane, kind of in that nouveau-riche, Real Housewives of New Jersey style. It sets the tone immediately.

About that other black Housewife…
Alfre Woodard came on as the first black character, and she had her son in chains in the basement. It was like, ”Really? Do we have to go there with our first black character?” I honestly fell off the show after that. I think it was just so implausible and just an image that black folks don’t want to see — you know, their child chained and shackled in the basement.