May 14, 2012 |
It's time for one last block party on Wisteria Lane. We've been through so much with our Desperate Housewives over eight madcap seasons. That turns out to be both a good and a bad thing as Sunday's two-hour series finale approaches. The show was such a bold and unique amalgam of drama, mystery, and subversive comedy when it debuted in 2004. The way that Marc Cherry's creation adhered to and exploded the soap-opera genre made Housewives an instant sensation. The debut was watched by 21 million viewers, the season finale by 30 million.
May 11, 2012 |
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. 9 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. I WAS DIGGING out my office last week — before someone called "Hoarders" — and it wasn't till I'd filled a bin to the very top that I closed the door and noticed, hanging on the back, the "Desperate Housewives" T-shirt in the drycleaners bag, just where I apparently stuck it after ABC sent it, nearly seven years ago, to promote the show's second season. Like the T-shirt (which I'll happily send to the first reader who emails me with his or her name and home address)
July 29, 2010 |
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting this week from the television critics' press tour in Pasadena, Calif. These items originally appeared in his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/philly/blogs/storm . NBC's new "Undercovers. " Foodie spies, your show is coming. NBC's Undercovers stars a gorgeous pair of ex-CIAers who have gone into the catering business. Then they get tapped to spy again. It's from J.J. Abrams ( Lost , Alias )
May 22, 2010 |
They almost had me. I was ready to enlist in the navy of NCIS fans (affectionately know as NKissers). That was after the previous episode, a kicky caper in which my favorite Goth lab rat, Abby, ventured down to Mexico. But I lost my enthusiasm this week as the show reverted to its usual he-man formula. It was an hour devoted to Tony and Tim trading atrociously artificial tough-guy badinage and Ducky pedantically lecturing corpses. (They're not listening, buddy.) When Abby did try to insert herself into the plot, Gibbs dismissed her with his customary Dirty Harry whisper-growl: "Not now, Abs. " Abs?
April 7, 2010 |
AFTER WEEKS of sordid daily revelations, all that was missing from the Jesse James-Sandra Bullock sex scandal were sex tapes. Not anymore. RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively that Jesse has more than 12 homemade videos that would make a porn star blush. "Most of the tapes feature a mass amount of Nazi paraphernalia," an insider tells RadarOnline.com. "It's all really quite disturbing. " "What I saw was a naked woman on her knees and Jesse in a Nazi hat waving his arm in a salute," the insider said.
May 31, 2009 |
If you made up a shopping list to collect all the ingredients for the classic version of the hypercharged American suburban mom of the 21st century, it might read something like this: Large, well-kept house on a quiet cul-de-sac, with an expensive SUV in the garage. Check. Blond-streaked, picture-perfect hair. Check. Full-time job but still time to take part in a full array of activities at kid's school. Check. Expensive fertility treatments to conceive a third child.
July 26, 2008 |
On a hot day this week in a big building in the imperial city, the chicken and the egg renewed their age-old dispute. The site was the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. The topic was Pennsylvania, the Wisteria Lane of state governments. Here was the day's chicken-or-egg riddle: Why does so little good policy get done in Harrisburg? Is it that Pennsylvania's well-meaning wonks aren't adept at driving a civic agenda? Or is it that, as Shirley Malcom of the Heinz Endowments bluntly put it, "the whole place is so broken, it screws up anything you try to do"?
April 17, 2008
A LITTLE BEFORE 3 p.m. yesterday, Barack Obama's camp shared with reporters a published story that the rest of Hillary Clinton's advertising would be 100 percent negative. If that's accurate, said Obama spokesman Matthew Lehrich, "It looks like we'll see the 'Tonya Harding option' on display at tonight's debate. " Why do you think we're tuning in, Matt? Well, the ladies of Wisteria Lane returned to "Desperate Housewives" Sunday, and the populist millionaires of "Desperate Candidates" returned last night.
December 8, 2007 |
The most desperate thing about Desperate Housewives is the way the show keeps playing the "shocking death" card. For two weeks, ABC teased Sunday's storm's-a-comin' episode as the curtain call for one of Wisteria Lane's leading lights. So who died in the tornado? Victor and Sylvia. That's not a plot twist. It's housecleaning - getting rid of two minor characters whose stories had played out. Remember Season 1, when Desperate Housefraus promised that in the next episode "one of their own is murdered"?
June 16, 2007 |
With apologies to the funny Farrelly brothers, who brought us Dumb and Dumber , it's Weird and Weirder tomorrow on the two big pay-cable networks. There's not enough that's dumb in the too-intense Meadowlands (10 p.m. on Showtime), but some silliness makes John From Cincinnati (9 p.m. on HBO) seem like it could be a keeper. Both shows are unapologetically eccentric, which may be just the thing for the pay cablers. They don't care who watches, as long as people pay their subscription fees, and John and Meadowlands are just the kind of shows, unlike anything else on TV, that might persuade a few hundred thousand cultists to sign up, while their creativity keeps current subscribers interested enough to hang in to see what's next on the pricey services.