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Desperate Housewives snags Lily Tomlin

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 13th 2008 11:01AM
Lily THere's some casting news that should thrill TV fans: Lily Tomlin has been cast on Desperate Housewives as Mrs. McCluskey's sister. The comic actress, a multiple Emmy award winner (not to mention a couple of Tonys and a Grammy), has been cast in a recurring role, fleshing out Kathryn Joosten's Emmy-nominated role as the nosy neighbor across the street from Lynette who's occasionally babysat for the Scavo kids. At least when they were still kids, cause now the show's jumped ahead five years, remember?

Writer Marc Cherry has got to be licking his chops to write for Tomlin. She's the kind of actress that can bring unique characters immediately to life. As a comic, using her own imagination and the words -- often -- of collaborator Jane Wagner, Lily's been legendary with what she can do.

In her early career, there were Edith Ann, the bratty five-year-old, and Ernestine, the telephone operator (when the phone company still had operators!). On stage in The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, a one-woman show, she brilliantly created numerous characters.

It's interesting to note that Lily is available for this Desperate Housewives gig because her lead role in the HBO series, 12 Miles of Bad Road, was killed by the cable net.

Another point that TV Guide noted connects this story to The West Wing. Both McCluskey women -- Kathryn Joosten and Lily Tomlin -- were President Jed Bartlet's executive secretaries. When Mrs. Landingham died tragically on West Wing in a car crash, President Bartlet reluctantly hired a replacement. His choice was Deborah Fiderer, the Lily character, a highly unlikely candidate for the job considering her rebellious nature and occasion drug use.

With this connection to The West Wing, what are the chances that Martin Sheen gets cast as another member of the McCluskey clan?

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She is a great actress, and she has always been one of my favorites. She will make a great addition to the series.


September 13 2008 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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