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Mindy Kaling Voicing and Writing New Animated Series, 'Secret Circle' Promotes Hunk and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 12:30PM
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, one of the only reasons to watch 'The Office' this season, is at work on a new animated series with 'The Office' and 'King of the Hill' executive producer Greg Daniels.

According to Deadline, she'll write, executive produce and voice a character on the series about a girls high school volleyball team.

'Parks and Recreation' producer Alan Yang is also working on a new animated project with Daniels. Yang's series is about a group of Los Angeles twentysomething guys who share a house in Hancock Park.

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Marcia Cross Almost Became a Therapist Before Landing 'Desperate Housewives' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 1st 2011 4:15PM
Marcia Cross' life has taken nearly as many twists and turns as her 'Desperate Housewives' character Bree Van De Kamp's. She told Robin Roberts on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) that before she was cast in 'Desperate Housewives,' she was on the brink of retiring from acting to become a therapist. Eight seasons later, she's still on Wisteria Lane for the show's final season.

Her character Bree might be in need of a good shrink, as she's gone back to boozing and is in full melt-down mode. "She's in such a tailspin at the moment, I don't even know how they're gonna pull her out. Maybe they should just leave her in the gutter, find her ten years later, and pull her out and throw an apron on her," Cross joked.

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Dana Delany Returning to 'Desperate Housewives' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 1:30PM
Dana DelanyDana Delany is returning to Wisteria Lane.

The 'Body of Proof' star will reprise her 'Desperate Housewives' role before the series finale. According to TVLine, Andrea Bowen and Kyle MacLachlan will also return to the nighttime soap.

No episode counts have been given for any of the stars.

When viewers last saw Delany's Katherine, she was leaving town with her girlfriend (Julie Benz).

"Had dinner w/ Marc Cherry and YES hope to return to @DesperateABC this spring," Delany tweeted.

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Robert Chavira and Wendy Williams Joke About 'Desperate Housewives' and 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 18th 2011 6:00PM
Wendy Williams (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) has been a fan of 'Desperate Housewives' since the beginning, and as the show nears its finale, she invited Ricardo Chavira, who plays Carlos Solis, onto 'The Wendy Williams Show.' Chavira told Wendy that he's also a fan of hers, so much so that he watched her on 'Dancing With The Stars,' even though he isn't really into reality competitions. Fortunately, he was able to bail out quickly, since Wendy only lasted two weeks.
As it usually does, the conversation quickly turned to hair. Wendy told Chavira, "I love your hair on the show, but I love this here, too. What's all it doing?" Chavira talked about spending the summer in Texas and watching his daughter run around with her wild hair, but then got to the obvious inspiration. "It's kind of become this homage to one of my favorite, all-time TV show stars, Juan Epstein from 'Welcome Back, Kotter.'"

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Ricardo Chavira Reflects on the Final Season of 'Desperate Housewives' (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 9th 2011 7:30PM
With 'Desperate Housewives' coming to an end after eight seasons, Ricardo Chavira stopped by 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to give some clues about how things will shake out for the residents of Wisteria Lane.

Season 7 ended with Chavira's character Carlos accidentally killing his wife's stepfather. Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked what would happen next, and although Chavira didn't give specifics, he did say that they would resolve that story line quickly in order to move on and give closure to the rest of the show.

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ABC Strikes New Deals with Netflix, Amazon

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 11:30AM
ABCNetflix seems to be combating its bad press by striking up partnership deals with TV networks. Hot on the heels of its deals with The CW and AMC, Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group have reached a new agreement, extending their existing licensing agreement.

As part of the new deal, episodes of new seasons from Disney-ABC shows will be available on Netflix 30 days after the last episode of each season airs.

'Alias,'
'Switched at Birth' and 'Kick Buttowski' will now be available on Netflix. The new deal extends to the previous seasons of 'Lost,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Ugly' Betty,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice' and 'Desperate Housewives' that are currently on the streaming service. 'Army Wives,' 'Melissa & Joey,' 'Make It or Break It' and various Disney Channel shows will also remain available.

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'Desperate Housewives' Ties Ratings Low: Fans Explain Why

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 10th 2011 3:15PM
Desperate Housewives Series Low Ratings'Desperate Housewives' isn't desperate for good ratings, but these numbers aren't looking so hot.

With just 8.46 million viewers this week, the show was down around 10 percent, matching the series' all-time low in their demo, viewers 18-49.

So what does it mean? Well, nothing honestly. Since the show is in its eighth and final season, it's not like it can get canceled, but these signs of viewer fatigue aren't ever welcome, especially when it affects other shows in the lineup. ABC's freshman drama 'Pan Am' continues to make a steady descent in the ratings, and their troubled lead-in is partially to blame.

So why the bad 'Desperate' numbers? Are you still watching? And if not, why not? Fans share their thoughts via Twitter and Facebook after the jump ...

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Felicity Huffman Says Farewell to 'Desperate Housewives'

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 25th 2011 12:00PM
Felicity HuffmanSunday nights aren't going to be the same without Lynette, Gaby, Bree and Susan, but fans have one more season of craziness on 'Desperate Housewives' (Season 8 premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 9PM ET on ABC).

In last season's cliffhanger, the women of Wisteria Lane had entered another conspiracy together, covering up the murder of Gaby's evil stepfather. But there's an even greater challenge facing the entire cast: How are they going to process the fact that this guilty pleasure will be going off the air at the end of this season?

AOL TV spoke to Felicity Huffman -- who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy after the show's first season -- regarding her feelings about the show ending and how she'd like to see things end up for Tom and Lynette.

Her answers may surprise you! Keep reason for more thoughts on what's sure to be a memorable final season.

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Brenda Strong Talks 'Desperate Housewives' Ending & 'Dallas' Getting a New Beginning

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 21st 2011 7:25PM
Brenda Strong -- best known to TV viewers as Mary Alice Young, the sage voice of 'Desperate Housewives' occasionally seen in flashbacks -- is doing double duty. She's shooting the last season of 'DH' while also filming her role as Ann Ewing, Bobby's wife in the new 'Dallas' series set to debut on TNT next July.

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Strong recently spoke to AOL TV about how she'll manage to do both shows and shared her thoughts about winning over the die-hard "Pam and Bobby" fans.

Read on to get the actress' thoughts on one beloved show ending and another one being revived.

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Felicity Huffman Translates - in Spanish! - for Eva Longoria at 'ALMA Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2011 5:45AM
'2011 ALMA Awards''Desperate Housewives' took home the award for Favorite TV Series at 'The 2011 ALMA Awards' (Fri., 8PM ET on NBC). The American Latino Media Arts Awards honors the Latino community, so it was no surprise that Eva Longoria spoke on behalf of the show after creator Marc Cherry.

But the women did have a little bit of fun with it when Felicity Huffman chastised Longoria for not speaking in Spanish. She then proceeded to speak in Spanish, translating what Longoria was saying in English.

That said, while Felicity hung in there very well, she did start to struggle the further they went along. In the end, though, it was a very cute bit, shaking expectations and having a little bit of fun.

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'Desperate Housewives' Final Season Photo Preview

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 11th 2011 10:00AM
Desperate Housewives Final SeasonThe ladies of Wisteria Lane are back for one last go around and the 'Desperate Housewives' final season premiere is a doozy -- Gabrielle, Susan, Lynette and Bree are attempting to get rid of a dead body.

When Season 7 of 'Desperate Housewives' ended, Carlos had accidentally killed Gaby's abusive stepfather. The ladies agreed to help cover up the accident and that's where Season 8 -- the show's last -- starts.

Here's how ABC describes the new season: "For Season Eight, Carlos's murder of Gaby's evil stepfather and the cover up by Susan, Gaby, Bree and Lynette has far reaching effects. Feelings of guilt begin to overcome everyone in different ways. Susan starts to withdraw from her friends and family, and Gaby works to reach out to Carlos while his guilt weighs heavily upon him. As Lynette and Tom are grappling with their disintegrating marriage and impending separation, Lynette is having trouble making the right choices ever since she participated in the cover-up. And Bree must be especially careful around her new love, Detective Chuck Vance. Meanwhile a new sexy neighbor moves to town, Ben Faulkner, and he's Renee's first order of business."

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Susan Lucci Rejects 'All My Children' Online Offer: Report

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 6th 2011 4:45PM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci is reportedly done with 'All My Children.' The only original cast member on the long-running soap has turned down an offer to move online with the series in 2012, according to Deadline.

The Deadline report says Prospect Park offered Lucci a very similar salary to what ABC was paying her, but the actress asked for more money, fewer hours and the ability to do a primetime series.

'One Life to Live' stars Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Ted King and Kassie DePaiva will remain with the show when it heads online in 2012.

Deadline reports Prospect Park may focus its resources on 'One Life to Live,' which had higher Nielsen ratings than 'All My Children,' and push 'All My Children' to the back since Lucci will not continue with the soap opera. Both shows are scheduled to debut online in early 2012.

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'Desperate Housewives' Season 8 Sneak Peek (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 4th 2011 1:00PM
Desperate HousewivesWhen 'Desperate Housewives' premieres later this month, the women of Wisteria Lane are back to doing what they love to do best -- keep secrets.

In this first clip of the eighth and final season premiere -- ABC announced at the Television Critics Association summer conference that the upcoming season will be the drama's last -- we find the ladies banding together to bury the body of Gaby's evil stepfather, the man Carlos killed in self-defense at the end of last season.

In true 'DH' fashion, it's more hilarious than horrifying.

'Desperate Housewives' premieres Sun., Sept. 25 at 9PM ET on ABC.

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Molly Shannon Moves to 'The Middle' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 20th 2011 1:45PM
Molly ShannonWhen 'The Middle' returns for its third season, it'll have one very funny addition: 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Molly Shannon!

According to TVLine, Shannon will play Janet, Frankie's (Patricia Heaton) sister. Shannon is set to recur on the series.

'The Middle' returns on Sept. 21 at 8PM with Heaton's former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' husband, Ray Romano as a guest star. Romano will play a man from Frankie's past.

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'The Good Wife' Nabs Parker Posey, Eric Close Books 'American Horror Story' Role & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 19th 2011 11:00AM
Parker PoseyParker Posey is heading to 'The Good Wife.'

According to TVLine, Posey will play the estranged wife of Alan Cumming's character, Eli Gold. Viewers have already met their daughter, Marissa (Sarah Steele).

Posey recently guest starred on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' and will soon appear on Showtime's 'The Big C.'

In other 'Good Wife' casting news, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) may be getting a younger beau. According to Vulture, Bill Heck will play a young legal aid lawyer who connects with Diane after presenting her with an award for her pro bono work.

And a third guest star, 'House''s Peter Jacobson, will appear in the third season premiere, which is set to air Sun., Sept. 25 at 9PM. Watch CBS's new promo here. Posey's episode is set to air in October.

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