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'Desperate Housewives' Doings: Brian Austin Green, Vanessa Williams and More - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 28th 2010 9:26AM
Eva Longoria Parker answers questions on the set of 'Desperate Housewives'Greetings from Beverly Hills! On the first day of the TCA summer press tour, the assembled critics didn't get penned up in the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom listening to panels all day (that starts tomorrow with CBS). We were allowed to roam free on the sets of 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Parenthood,' and 'Undercovers' (the new J.J. Abrams show).

I'll write a bit about 'Parenthood' later in the week, mostly to talk about some fun stuff from Lauren Graham, but for now let's concentrate on 'Housewives' Marc Cherry held court with reporters on the Wisteria Lane set, with stars Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria Parker, and Vanessa Williams to back him up. He gave some interesting tidbits about the show's upcoming seventh season. It'll be all about conflict and Brian Austin Green, not necessarily in that order:

-- Green is slated to play a love interest for Marcia Cross, a young blue-collar guy who helps the oh-so-proper Bree explore a different side of herself. Cross all but oohed and ahhed at the prospect. Cherry remembers introducing Green and his character at the first table read of the season. "I turned and said 'You're welcome, Marcia,' and Marcia blushed." Cross, for her part, claims she "doesn't have to act" in her scenes with him in order to show some chemistry. Not sure if Megan Fox would want to hear that...

-- As most people know, Vanessa Williams has been added to the cast, a suggestion that came from (now former) ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson. Cherry was skeptical because she was just coming off of 'Ugly Betty,' but he "fell in love with her" as soon as he met her, with the deal being finalized in a matter of days.

-- Williams plays a Lynette's best "frenemy" from college. She's the wife of a professional athlete, an idea she pitched, and she sheds light on the choice Lynette made in her life. The first episode had "the best bitchy dialogue we've ever done on the show," says Cherry.

-- Even though Williams has experience being the wife of a pro basketball player -- she was married to the former Laker Rick Fox -- Cherry encouraged her to change things up a bit because "we already had the wife of a basketball player" in Longoria Parker. So Williams' character will be the wife of a player for the Yankees.

-- Longoria chimed in that "Marc takes a lot of stuff from my real life." Which prompted Cherry to shoot her a glance when he mentioned that Williams' character had marital problems. No cattiness there, huh?

-- Lanie Kazan will be coming aboard to do a few episodes. Shocked that she's never been there before.

-- Cherry said that in the season opener, Gabby finds out that Andrew, Bree's son, has run over her mother in law, which affects their friendship in a major way. In the second episode, two families are in conflict over another hit and run. "What I learned on 'The Golden Girls' is that you want your ensemble of ladies to be very close and very friendly, but it's even funnier when they're in conflict."

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ok, you promised a week ago to write something more about the Parenthood set visit. I´m still waiting. Please, write something about it. It´s the only show I cared about on this TCA.

August 04 2010 at 2:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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