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Is Dana Delany Leaving 'Desperate Housewives'?

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 4:45PM
If 'Body of Evidence,' ABC's medical/crime procedural drama pilot, makes it to the fall schedule, the show's first murder victim may be Wisteria Lane divorcée Katherine Mayfair.

According to the Ausiello Files, 'Desperate Housewives'' Dana Delany is in talks to play the starring role in 'Evidence.' And while ABC would have to give her time off from 'Housewives' to film the premiere hour of the series, that vacation from Wisteria Lane would surely become permanent if the network picks up the show for the fall season -- which is likely, since it comes from sibling production house ABC Studios.

The 'Evidence' pilot, which ABC greenlit in January, centers on a heroine named Megan Hunt, a neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner whose unique perspective and assertive personality leads to frequent clashes with her bosses. Series creator and co-executive producer Matt Gross described the show to the Hollywood Reporter as "a female post-mortem 'House.'"

If Delany is leaving 'Housewives,' she may be getting out at the right time, since the writers seem to have wrung out her character and rendered her all but irrelevant. Katherine Mayfair was a welcome addition to Wisteria Lane three years ago, when she was season 4's obligatory New Neighbor With a Secret and Lethal History. In addition to the mystery of her past that unspooled over the course of the season, the writers also found ways for her to clash with Bree (over pie-baking skills), Lynette (over front-yard eyesores), and Susan (over Mike).

But by the beginning of the sixth and current season, with her grown daughter gone, Bree having fired her from the catering business and Mike having returned to Susan, there was little left for Katherine to do. First, the writers had her go 'Fatal Attraction' crazy (and exiled her character to an institution for a few episodes). In recent episodes, with her house empty, no source of income and no more eligible men on Wisteria Lane, Katherine has taken in lesbian ex-stripper Robin (Julie Benz) as a lodger and started up a romance with her. Now that Benz herself has landed a starring role in an ABC pilot, the superhero drama 'No Ordinary Family,' the Katherine-Robin romance seems not just ill-conceived but doomed.

It's hard to say who's really desperate here, Katherine or the writers who can't seem to think of how to deploy her anymore. Not that we need another crime or medical procedural ('Body of Evidence' sounds a lot like Fox's long-running 'Bones,' doesn't it?), but at least "a female post-mortem 'House'" sounds like a more interesting role than a played-out 'Housewife.'

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