Tuesday, January 18, 2005


As mentioned in an earlier blog, I've come across a fabulous new show I predict will be the new Sex and the City for women over 25 and gay men of all ages. It's called Desperate Housewives, which isn't the best title ever conceived for a TV show, but don't let that put you off it. The show is a colourful blend of Melrose Place (including former MP psycho Marcia Cross as another slightly disturbed character, Bree), The Stepford Wives and of course SATC. Teri Hatcher, who I've never rated much as an actress, sparkles as Susan, the most "normal" of the hausfraus, but my favourite is Felicity Huffman as Lynette, the former corporate uberbitch turned burned-out mother of four young brats. As with SATC there is plenty of boy eye-candy and the women could quite easily be gay men were they not married (a virus which Dubya was of course quick to contain before it spread outside Boston). There's a black humour in this show I don't think I've ever seen in any other prime-time US product, and although it can at times revert to mawkish sentimentality (especially with single-mum Susan and her precocious daughter) it is consistently sharp, edgy and unsettling.

Check out http://abc.go.com/primetime/desperate/

And look for it on Channel 7 coming sometime in February.


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