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Justine Bateman coming to Wisteria Lane

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2008 8:26AM
Justine BatemanThere's going to be a new lady swinging down Wisteria Lane this spring. Entertainment Tonight reported that Justine Bateman has signed onto Desperate Housewives for a few episodes. The actress, who will forever be remembered for playing Alex P. Keaton -- Michael J. Fox's -- sister Mallory on Family Ties, will be playing "a hip artist living with Gabby and Carlos."

Hmm...knowing Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry's penchant for using Stephen Sondheim songs as episode titles, I think the song "There's Always A Woman" might be a good one to describe Justine's role, assuming she's there to muck up the Solis' reconciliation.

It wouldn't be the first time Justine's played the other woman. Last season on another ABC dramedy, Men In Trees, she was Lynn, Jack's long-lost love who showed up out of nowhere -- just as Jack and Marin were ready to commit to their relationship. Lynn was preggers -- by another guy -- and stuck around long enough to be a bother.

Desperate Housewives will be back with new episodes on April 13. The date for the Bateman arc has yet to be announced.

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I actually think more of her role as one half of the lesbian neighbor couple on Still Standing. It was a small but hilarious role on a great but overlooked sitcom. I never watched that show until it hit syndication, but now I'm positively hooked on it.

BTW, she and Julia Campbell were the best (by which I mean "hottest") lesbian couple ever to grace the the tube on a broadcast network show.

March 18 2008 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

all memories of her as mallory on family ties was erased as soon as she stepped on to the set of arrested development as Nellie Bluth. Has to go down in history as one of the best cameos of all time.

March 18 2008 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Hmm... I'm more likely to think she may be playing Carlos' nurse not just "the other woman" because Gabrielle sure as hell won't be very sympathetic to his condition.

March 18 2008 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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