Archive for September 2007
NEW YORK (AP) — “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester is cooling her heels.
Four cast members of “Gossip Girl”: Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester and Chace Crawford.
No, not the black patent heels she’ll be perched high atop for her first scene of the day. That’s hours away.
Right now, she’s passing time, barefoot, in a trailer parked off bustling Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
When she gets the call, she’ll report for a 90-minute hair-and-makeup session in another trailer a block from here.
Then, returning, she’ll slip into a white Thread Social eyelet mini-dress, floral-knit black tights and those T-strap pumps — just the thing for a swank Sunday brunch, as staged by her new CW drama at the New York Palace Hotel up the street, where production trucks and crew have already converged.
It’s about 7 a.m. on a bright, sunny July morning, and Meester is bright and sunny, too, having arrived a few minutes earlier wearing a lavender sundress and a smile, prepared to make herself at home until she’s summoned.
White noise wheezing from the trailer’s air conditioner does a pretty good job masking traffic outside, “but I keep realizing: I’m on the street in a box!” Meester laughs. “Like they say: The acting is for free. I get paid to wait.”
True enough. But career-wise, Meester’s wait could be just about over. Born in Marco Island, Florida, and raised here in New York before moving to Los Angeles, the 21-year-old actress got her start as a child model. She has appeared on series including “Shark,” “House,” “24″ and “Entourage.” Two seasons ago she was a regular on the short-lived NBC drama “Surface.” She’s made several films.
But now she’s stepping into the high-profile, high-style role of Blair Waldorf, a scheming good girl who shares the luxe life with other fabulous Upper East Side prep-school teens. It’s the sort of role, on the sort of show, that could make a household name out of Meester, along with her co-stars Penn Badgley (who plays Dan), Chace Crawford (Nate), Ed Westwick (Chuck) and Taylor Momsen (Jenny).
And don’t forget Blake Lively, who plays Serena van der Woodsen, a notorious party girl now haunted by regrets. Serena is Blair’s best friend and worst rival. How apt that, for the show’s location shoot, Lively occupies the other half of this trailer. SERENA is inscribed on her door, just like BLAIR is on Meester’s. It’s the way things are on “Gossip Girl”: Serena and Blair are close yet divided.
The series (which premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT) is based on the popular “Gossip Girl” young-adult novels. But its transition to TV is thanks to Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the creative team behind “The O.C.”
Once again, they face a daunting challenge, which Schwartz, by phone from L.A., put this way: “How do you take a world that feels very exclusive and very rarefied, and make it universal? How do you make the viewer care about characters who seemingly have it all?”
If “The O.C.” is any clue: By playing the exotic against the everyday; by striking a shrewd balance between what viewers have and what they pine for.
“I think the show will be relatable to lots of girls and even grown women,” says Meester confidently. “And a guilty pleasure for guys!”
Could anything be more in synch with the zeitgeist? From her first “Gossip Girl” novel five years ago, author Cecily von Ziegesar presumed a Facebook/My Space/blogospheric culture that, only now, is coming true.
Here is a TV show whose narrator, like the novels’, is an unidentified text-messaging guru. Gossip Girl, whoever she is, has her finger on the pulse of this trust-fund set — the loves, ambitions, feuds and wretched excess. As voiced by Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”), Gossip Girl’s blogging keeps everybody in the know, while keeping everything stirred up.
Never fear: GG has plenty of dish on B and S, as when, in the premiere, S pops up without notice after a year’s mysterious absence. Where has she been? Why the self-imposed exile? Why did she resurface? And how will B feel about readmitting S into the fold?
It goes without saying that B is often tagged with another B-word. “But I can definitely relate to her,” says Meester almost tenderly. “Blair’s shortcomings are because of her insecurities. She feels all this pressure to be perfect: to be the most beautiful, the most popular, the most loved.”
Serena seems forever winging it. But Blair struggles to follow a life-script she believes is already plotted out for her — the right education, the right marriage (to boyfriend-since-kindergarten Nate), the right social circle — while she keeps those insecurities hidden from sight.
“The only way to play Blair, or any character, and make her human, is to find what she is inside me,” Meester says. “And I know I have my insecurities, too.”
Does that make show business harder for her to navigate?
Sure, replies Meester, when you focus too much on your competition, which “can be so fierce and discouraging. But I think you can grow out of that, especially if you realize the only way you find success is: Figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.”
She laughs. “The way Blair and I are NOT alike when it comes to insecurities is: SHE pays SO much attention to hers!”
Blair is fated, it seems, to remain in Serena’s shadow. Instant visual giveaway: Serena gets to be a dewy blonde, but Blair is moderated — she’s a brunette. (Meester, herself a blonde, was asked to go brown when she tried out for the role. “They said, ‘Please, you can’t wear a wig.’ So I dyed my hair before I even got the part. That’s a big deal — but I’m glad I did!”)
Last March, Meester and her cast-mates shot the pilot (which will air as the series premiere), then waited to find out if they would be on the CW’s fall schedule.
A couple of months after that, she’s back, to film episode two … and beyond.
“There’s butterflies, definitely,” Meester says. “But it’s a good kind of nervous energy, because everybody’s really starting to get to know each other, and starting something new that we really hope works out.”
Headquarters is at Silvercup Studios, the famed Queens, New York, lot where “Gossip Girl” shoots on the same stage occupied the past decade by “The Sopranos.”
But the real New York City will be on display. Like the majestic front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The posh Henri Bendel department store. The Palace Hotel (which, according to the show’s mythos, is owned by the filthy-rich parents of bad boy Chuck).
So it’s fitting that viewers (or each viewer’s cyber-surrogate, anyway) will have the chance to rub virtual elbows with “Gossip Girl” characters in the city they rule.
A “Gossip Girl” virtual world “will let the viewer walk down the streets where Blair and Serena walk, go to stores where they shop, go to concerts they attend,” said Rick Haskins, the CW’s head of marketing and brand strategy.
But the “Gossip Girl” Web site (where the virtual world should be online by the series’ premiere) promises more.
“On each episode of the show,” explained Haskins, “the story is pushed forward by Gossip Girl, and by the texts she sends to the characters’ PDA devices. So we think this is the perfect show to dive deep into the digital realm.”
To do that, said co-executive producer Savage, “We’re always asking ourselves, ‘How can we supplement each week’s 44 minutes of filmed programming with things on the Web that viewers will think are cool, and that connect with the story we’re telling as organically as possible?’ “
Maybe a viewer’s online avatar can even chow down with the “Gossip Girl” gang. Say, at Sunday brunch?
“OK, ready,” director Mark Piznarski calls out in the Palace Hotel’s plush Madison Room, where, as this real-world July afternoon wears on, Meester and several of her co-stars (plus tony-looking extras) are gathered for the episode’s big scene.
The cameras roll as Piznarski coaxes, “Havin’ a good time at the brunch!”
And why not? There’s caviar, mimosas, even models in Danskins hired to pose as marble statues.
But then two people show up Blair would rather not see.
“You have GOT to be kidding,” she says with a withering smile.
Leighton Meester, poised to be a breakout star any moment now, knows a scene this rich was well worth the wait.
NBC Gives Lauren Graham Her Due
Emmy shmemmy! Our favorite Gilmore Girl has just scored a seven-figure development deal with the Peacock, Variety reports. “After having spent so many years representing the frog on the WB,” the actress says, “I am especially comforted to be part of the only other network with an animal mascot.” More importantly, it’s now only a matter of time until the golden Girl is back on the tube in a new series! Yay squared!
Walker On By: Brothers & Sisters Season 2 Preview
by Michael Maloney, TV Guide
The Brothers & Sisters ensemble (sans the actors who play Nora, Robert, Kitty and Sarah) recently walked a red carpet outside the San Antonio Winery (where the show has filmed on occasion) in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the release of the prime-time serial drama’s Season 1 DVD release. TVGuide.com was on the scene to get the scoop on that as well as Season 2, which debuts on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10 pm/ET, on ABC.Arguably, the biggest shock twist at the end of the show’s freshman year was Uncle Saul possibly being gay. (Those longing looks with guest star Michael Nouri sure implied it, didn’t they?) Does Ron Rifkin (Saul) know anyone who dealt with their sexual preferences later in life? “Are you kidding?” he responds rhetorically to TVGuide.com. “All of us [know someone like Saul].” That is, if Nora’s brother turns out to be gay. “I still don’t know [if that's where they're going],” he says. “But the possibilities are enormous.”
Matthew Rhys (Kevin), dressed in a sports coat and jeans, couldn’t help but taunt his TV brother Dave Annable (Justin), who was decked out in a dark DKNY suit (which he may have gotten free or borrowed from the show’s wardrobe department). “How much did you pay for that, Dave?” Rhys teasingly asked. “I hate you,” Annable playfully seethed in return. Do the Walker brothers mess with each other like this a lot? “Mercilessly,” Rhys gleefully revealed. “It’s gotten to a bit of a boiling point. They said to us at the show today, OK, stop it now, the three of you!’”
Rhys says one of his favorite scenes from Season 1 was Rachel Griffiths (Sarah) doing a dance at a roadside bar patronized by a group of hot army men. By the way, how realistic did Rhys think it was that Kevin chatted up a Vin Diesel-type enlisted man, who went ahead and offered to hook up with Kevin right within earshot of his fellow soldiers? “Yes, well, my thought is that it was something [irresistible] that [Kevin] was exuding,” deadpans Rhys, adding, “in all good TV, there’s a bit of dramatic license that we take — and I took it.”
With Viva Laughlin‘s Eric Winter taking his character Jason (Robert McCallister’s gay minister brother) off the canvas, Kevin will be a single man — unless that buzz about him reconnecting with Luke McFarlane’s Scotty turns out to be true. “That’s possible,” hints Rhys. “The door’s [also] open for [Jason] to return, too. The beauty of it is when a script is forced to go one way, the drama can benefit from Eric’s prolific career.”
Speaking of soldiers, while Justin left for the war in Iraq in the finale, viewers can expect to see him stateside very shortly. “I come back early on in the season, which is great for me,” says a relieved Annable. “I hope to be here next season.”
While Brothers & Sisters is a serialized drama, don’t expect it to use a cliché like bringing Tom, the late Walker patriarch (Tom Skerritt) who died in the pilot, back from the dead. But that doesn’t mean the Emmy-winning actor won’t be making more appearances via flashback like he did last year.
Balthazar Getty‘s (Tommy) character could use a dad to talk to given the traumatic loss of his own newborn son last season. Will Tommy and Julia’s marriage dissolve or will their surviving daughter be the glue that keeps them together? “They end up having a turbulent time,” previews Getty. “We’re excited about it. There are some bumps along the road. [Julia] goes into a depression and [Tommy] ends up making mistakes.”
Also up for grabs in terms of survival is Joe and Sarah’s union, which struck a sour note when Sarah’s half sister Rebecca and Joe shared a smooch last season during a guitar lesson. Preview clips indicate that Joe and Sarah have some great makeup sex, but will it do the trick? “Makeup sex is always the best,” chuckles John Pyper-Ferguson (Joe). “[But] I don’t know that redemption is in the cards for Joe. He’s got a big hill to climb. Forgiveness is a big thing. Betrayal is [also] a big thing.”
Ferguson says a favorite scene of his on the DVD is when Joe and Sarah finally cleared the air over the unplanned peck. “It came out of passion, anger and love,” says the actor. During the hiatus, Ferguson filmed an episode of The L Word. “It was a blast working with Jennifer Beals and Marlee Matlin,” he enthuses. So what’s next for the actor, who this year was bumped to recurring status on the ABC drama? “I’m looking,” he says.
So just who was at fault in the whole Joe-Rebecca kiss? “It was 50/50,” maintains Emily VanCamp, who plays Rebecca, the love child of the late Tom and his mistress Holly. “I think it came across that way. It was just a bad mistake that two adults made.”
Are there any other Walker-sibling marriages that Rebecca plans on mangling this year? “Yes, I’ll actually be having an affair with Rachel Griffith’s character [Sarah] this season,” VanCamp jokes. “Oh, wait. I forgot. This isn’t HBO.” On a more serious — and cryptic — note the actress says, “I know there’s a love story that’s going to be happening, but I can’t say what it is and I’m not even sure it will [happen]. But there’s a twist that could be happening.” Hmm… could said twist be that Rebecca is not actually Tom’s daughter? If so, Rebecca could be paired romantically with any of her TV “brothers.”
Patricia Wettig‘s Holly might disagree that Rebecca could turn out to be a good girl — no matter who her dad is. She certainly gave Nora a strong warning last season that Rebecca was trouble with a capital “T.” Was the admonition an overreaction, or is Rebecca really more like the spawn of Caroline Reynolds (Wettig’s evil political character on Prison Break)? “What’s interesting is that certain things are decided at [one] time… and then things end up happening [that contradict that],” Wettig says. “We’ll see if that actually comes to be. I think things are changing with [Emily's] character.”
If Wettig sounds protective of the show’s creative team changing course, there’s a good reason. Her husband, Ken Olin, is one of the show’s executive producers and their son is one of the writers. (Daughter Roxy played a short-term role on the show, too.) The Olin-Wettig professional dynamic is explored in a DVD extra — “The Family Business,” which shows the real clan behind the success of Brothers & Sisters. Does the feature detail how the brood manages to work together and remain sane? “Did I say we were sane?” jokes Wettig. “Watch the DVD and judge for yourself.”
Brothers & Sisters: The Complete First Season, which also includes an exclusive unaired episode, a Walker family tree, bloopers, deleted scenes, and a behind-the-scenes set tour by the Walker brothers, goes on sale Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Nominees and Winners
Outstanding Series, Drama
The Sopranos – winner
Outstanding Series, Comedy
Two and a Half Men
Outstanding Actor, Drama
James Spader, Boston Legal – winner
Hugh Laurie, House
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
Outstanding Actress, Drama
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters – winner
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Minnie Driver, The Riches
Edie Falco, The Sopranos
Outstanding Actor, Comedy
Ricky Gervais, Extras – winner
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
Outstanding Actress, Comedy
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty – winner
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama
William Shatner, Boston Legal
T.R. Knight, Grey’s Anatomy
Masi Oka, Heroes
Michael Emerson, Lost
Terry O’Quinn, Lost – winner
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy – winner
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Aida Turturro, The Sopranos
Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Jeremy Piven, Entourage – winner
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy
Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl – winner
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Outstanding Reality Program
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List – winner
Penn & Teller: Bull—t!
Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race – winner
Dancing with the Stars
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – winner
Late Night with Conan O’Brien
Late Show with David Letterman
Real Time with Bill Maher
Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – winner
Inside the Twin Towers
The Ron Clark Story
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy
Broken Trail – winner
Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)
The Starter Wife
According to Mike Ausiello, here’s is the latest scoop:
The scandal that enveloped the Zeta Beta house won’t be going away next semester. As a result, the national chapter sends in a bubbly, rule-abiding consultant to whip the girls into shape, and you’re never going to believe who’s been cast: the ridiculously funny Senta Moses from My So-Called Life! She’ll be around for a handful of episodes, beginning with next year’s midseason premiere.
The season premiere is actually pretty good, save for the lame resolution of the Edie cliff-hanger. All of the actors seem on top of their game, including Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion, who are fantastic as the sorta-new couple on the block. On the spoiler front, I can tell you that this season’s big mystery centers on what happened to Delany’s daughter (Lyndsy Fonseca) during their early days on Wisteria Lane. There’s also a big baby twist, a funny sight gag involving a barbecue fork that underrated funny lady Marcia Cross just nails, and a housewife’s death is averted by none other than Mrs. McClusky…. Assuming Marc Cherry sticks with Plan A, the dearly departed is the spouse of a housewife…. Lynette Scavo’s family tree continues to grow: The show will soon be introducing her elegant and hard-edged older sister.
On the Supernatural front, the show just put out a casting notice for a thirtysomething vampire who “habitually picks up young women in bars and ‘turns’ them into vampires by having them drink blood. Despite his outward cruelty and vampire super-strength, Dixon is actually a vulnerable, grief-stricken man who can’t face eternity alone and is desperately trying to reconstruct a vampire family.”
Spencer Grammer: Greek Finale Unleashes “a Whole New World”
by Marissa Klein
The Casey-Cappie-Evan love triangle may not be resolved in tonight’s season finale of the ABC Family hit Greek (9 pm/ET), but expect plenty of drama nevertheless. Spencer Grammer, who stars as primo sorority girl Casey, told TVGuide.com what to expect tonight and in the next season. Plus: Dish on dad Kelsey Grammer and whom Casey belongs with.TVGuide.com: Have you been surprised by the positive reaction the show has gotten?
Spencer Grammer: Of course I’m surprised! It’s very exciting to have this great job and to love what I do and then to have people also enjoy it. You hope, as an actor, that what you do is really entertaining people, and I’m just grateful that I’ve been able to be given the opportunity to do that. It’s amazing.
TVGuide.com: How is this different from some of your previous work, like As the World Turns?
Grammer: For me, it’s more fun, because I get to explore all different parts of acting. It’s a comedy and a drama, so I get to be funny — on soaps you don’t really get to be funny as often. [Casey's] a great character, kind of your every-girl. She has many love interests, she has her little brother, her family and her motivation. It’s a fulfilling job for me.
TVGuide.com: What’s the dynamic like among the cast?
Grammer: It’s awesome. We have a lot in common. We spend 15 to 16 hours a day together, and we hang out on weekends sometimes, too. It’s kind of like a built-in family, and we’re all pretty supportive of each other. It’s about making the show the best that it can be, and also being there for each other when times are hard. And it gets hard. It’s a tough industry — it’s hard on your looks, everyone’s always judging you — and we just try to be there to help each other through it.
TVGuide.com: What do you think of the show’s depiction of Greek life?
Grammer: Well, I’ve met a bunch of sorority girls and they think it’s pretty accurate. A lot of people really love it. I think it’s a show about the characters and their connection between each other. The only [Greek life] experience I’ve had was when I was in high school. I visited a frat house that some of my friends were renting.
TVGuide.com: Do you and Casey have much else in common?
Grammer: Sure. If we put our minds to it, we make it happen. She wants to be sorority president and she accomplishes the goals that she sets for herself. I set goals for myself and then I find [whatever way] I can to make them happen.
TVGuide.com: What does your dad, Kelsey Grammer, think of the show?
Grammer: I honestly don’t know. But I’m sure he’s proud of me. I’m on a successful show, and I’m making money out of college, which is always a really great gift for any parent — to have their kid be alive and well and able to feed herself.
TVGuide.com: And with his new show, Back to You, premiering this month, you may both be on TV by the time Greek returns in January.
Grammer: I think it’s returning in January, I’m not sure. We definitely got picked up for another 10 episodes, so it’s really exciting for us. I hope my dad’s show does really well. I’m just excited to be able to have the great gifts I’ve had in my life.
TVGuide.com: Do you film at an actual college?
Grammer: Yeah, several schools in Southern California, and sometimes we make the school on a lot. Greek Row is Hancock Park, which is a bunch of really nice houses. And we shoot on UCLA’s [campus] some of the time. We also shot at Caltech in Pasadena.
TVGuide: And this week is the finale.
Grammer: The finale is a really great script; it was so exciting to shoot. So many of the things that happen are just tied up and you’re just waiting for the next season. I was waiting for the scripts myself! I have the next two scripts. We’re shooting two episodes at once. It’s crazy — everything’s out of order, so every scene I treat as its own little story.
TVGuide.com: Can you tease any plot info?
Grammer: Well, it’s a whole new world, basically. Certain characters are coming back, certain characters aren’t. There’s a lot of stuff that happens in the finale episode, which basically sets up what’s going to happen in the second season. There’s a lot that happens with the sorority girls and the dynamic that changes between them. There’s some really new, exciting guest stars coming in. I don’t know how much I can tell you, but the guest stars are going to be pretty exciting — how they change the dynamic of the houses.
TVGuide.com: So who do you think Casey should be with, Cappie (Scott Michael Foster) or Evan (Jake McDorman)?
Grammer: Oh my god, this is the No. 1 question. I feel like both of those guys are perfect for her, and until she decides who she is, she’ll never know which one is the right one for her.
Check out the drama in the sorority house with Greek clips from our Online Video Guide.
I don’t usually write about music or music shows, it is usually strictly TV shows, mostly scripted, but I could not help myself. Britney’s much hyped performance was just that overly hyped.
I feel bad for her, the clothes or lack of them was not appropriate, since she now looks a bit matronly to say the least, but that could be forgiven.
What can’t was the totally unprofessional performance her dancing was amateur like and stiff, mostly her dancers danced around her, plus her lip-synching was so obvious and was not synchronized with the words. What happened she used to be such a professional!!
Greek which premiered back in July on ABCFamily has been my summer favorite, and for many other viewers too! It is just too much fun too watch and of course there’s Cappie the show’s main attraction!
The show is described as a dramedy set at fictitious Cyprus-Rhodes University, which focuses on the social minefield that is the Greek system. Viewers will see this unique cast of characters navigate their way through this treacherous terrain as they try to find their place at Cyprus-Rhodes University…. The ensemble cast includes Jacob Zachar as Rusty, Spencer Grammer as Casey, Scott Michael Foster as Cappie, Jake McDorman as Evan, Clark Duke as Dale, Dilshad Vadsaria as Rebecca, Paul James as Calvin and Amber Stevens as Ashleigh.
So far there has been 10 shows slated for the summer the Finale is next Monday @8pm . 10 more episodes will air later this year.
Finale Spoiler alert: In addition to three breakups, a mole is discovered in the Omega Chi house, Calvin is betrayed by someone close to him, a major character’s secret is exposed, and special guest star Charisma Carpenter predictably steals every scene she’s in. I can’t wait for second semester!
This is what’s new with Supernatural according to Ausiello:
This is your exclusive first look at Supernatural‘s two new kickass females, played by Katie Cassidy and Lauren Cohan. As you know, Cassidy’s playing Ruby, a ruthless demon-hunter helping out Sam and Dean, while Cohan’s character, Bela, is a mercenary who realizes there’s some serious money to be made in the supernatural world. Also let me remind you what exec producer Eric Kripke told me back in July: “There’s a misconception that they’re being introduced as love interests [for Sam and Dean],” he said. “They’re not; they’re being introduced as antagonists.” But that’s not to say something won’t happen down the line. “If the chemistry is there, and we see the sparks, and we want it to happen, and the fans want it to happen, it’ll happen.”
Here is the latest scoop on Desperate Housewives. For more spoilers most are not very conclusive yet visit SpoilerFix.com
Special: Secrets, Lies and Suicide
Airdate: September 23, 2007
Episode 4.01: Now You Know
Airdate: September 30, 2007
A new family is moving to Wisteria Lane this fall, but not everyone’s rolling out a welcome mat. Katherine Mayfair lived on the block 12 years ago with her daughter, Dylan, and aunt, Mrs. Sims (Ellen Geer), but left under mysterious circumstances. Now she’s back with her teenage daughter and her second husband, Adam, a hunky gynecologist. Ostensibly, they returned to take care of the dying Mrs. Sims, but like all new characters on Desperate Housewives, the Mayfairs harbor a dark secret that will be revealed as the season progresses.
Says creator Marc Cherry: “They had to leave Chicago because something unsavory happened in Adam’s professional life.” Katherine’s a perfectionist and a control freak. She’s reviled by all Wisterians – particularly Bree, who by Episode 2 will go spatula to spatula with her over a lemon meringue pie recipe. “I always wanted to come up with a character everyone loves to hate,” Cherry says, adding that he modeled Katherine after J.R. from Dallas and Amanda from Melrose Place. Through flashbacks, Katherine will also offer viewers a chance to look into Wisteria Lane’s lurid past.
[... Nathan] Fillion won’t say whether [his] “interaction” [with the ladies] will involve any illicit affairs. He will tell us that his medical expertise may play a big part in a storyline. “One might extrapolate that if there is an OB-GYN around, someone may have need,” he says. [...]
At the bottom of the Mayfair family tree is Dylan. She’s a goody-goody – cute, polite and well trained. “My mom keeps me on a rigorous schedule and a short leash,” Fonseca explains. “Almost like a dog.” She also suffers from a bit of memory loss. Twelve years ago, she was BFFs with Susan’s daughter, Julie, until her mom decided to skip town. Now she doesn’t remember a thing, leaving everyone to suspect that something horrific happened in her childhood. She did grow up on Wisteria Lane, after all. Source: TV Guide Online
Episode 4.04: Airdate: October 21, 2007
Jesse Metcalfe, who plays Gabrielle’s hunky lawn boy and lover John, will return to the show in the fourth episode. And John’s on a mission: He confesses to Gabby that his marriage is a sham and he wants her back. Meanwhile, Gabby and Victor aren’t in newlywed bliss – she’s even still seeing Carlos on the side. Source: TV Guide OnlineAnd there will also be two deaths this seasons, the first a male character will die during February sweeps.
As series and season premieres are around the corner here is list of all the premiere dates:
Sept. 11 (NBC) The Biggest Loser season premiere
Sept. 14 (FOX) Nashville series premiere
Sept. 17 (FOX) Prison Break season premiere
Sept. 17 (FOX) K-Ville series premiere
Sept. 17 (NBC) Deal or No Deal season premiere
Sept. 18 (CW) Beauty and the Geek season premiere
Sept. 19 (CW) America’s Next Top Model season premiere
Sept. 19 (FOX) Back to You series premiere
Sept. 19 (FOX) ‘Til Death season premiere
Sept. 19 (FOX) Kitchen Nightmares series premiere
Sept. 19 (CBS) Kid Nation series premiere
Sept. 20 (CBS) Survivor: China season premiere
Sept. 23 (FOX) Simpsons, King of the Hill and Family Guy season premieres
Sept. 23 (CBS) 60 Minutes, Cold Case and Shark season premieres
Sept. 24 (ABC) The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars season premieres
Sept. 24 (NBC) Chuck and Journeyman series premieres
Sept. 24 (NBC) Heroes season premiere
Sept. 24 (CBS) How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement and CSI: Miami season premieres
Sept. 24 (CBS) The Big Bang Theory series premiere
Sept. 25 (CW) Reaper series premiere
Sept. 25 (FOX) Bones and House season premieres
Sept. 25 (NBC) L&O: SVU season premiere
Sept. 25 (CBS) NCIS and The Unit season premieres; Cane series premiere
Sept. 26 (ABC) Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money series premieres
Sept. 26 (CW) Gossip Girl series premiere
Sept. 26 (CBS) Criminal Minds and CSI: NY season premieres
Sept. 26 (NBC) Deal or No Deal season premiere
Sept. 26 (NBC) Bionic Woman and Life series premieres
Sept. 27 (ABC) Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy season premieres; Big Shots series premiere
Sept. 27 (CW) Smallville season premiere
Sept. 27 (NBC) My Name Is Earl, The Office and ER season premieres
Sept. 27 (CBS) CSI and Without a Trace season premieres
Sept. 28 (NBC) Las Vegas season premiere
Sept. 28 (CBS) Ghost Whisperer and Numbers season premieres; Moonlight series premiere
Sept. 30 (FOX) American Dad season premiere
Sept. 30 (ABC) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters season premieres
Sept. 30 (Showtime) Dexter season premiere
Sept. 30 (Showtime) Brotherhood season premiere
Oct. 1 (CW) Everybody Hates Chris, The Game and Girlfriends season premieres; Aliens in America series premiere
Oct. 2 (ABC) Cavemen and Carpoolers series premieres
Oct. 3 (ABC) Pushing Daisies series premiere
Oct. 4 (NBC) 30 Rock season premiere
Oct. 4 (CW) Supernatural season premiere
Oct. 5 (NBC) Friday Night Lights season premiere
Oct. 7 (CW) Life Is Wild series premiere
Oct. 7 (ABC) America’s Funniest Home Videos season premiere
Oct. 12 (ABC) Men in Trees season premiere; Women’s Murder Club series premiere
Oct. 15 (ABC) Samantha Who? series premiere
Oct. 18 (CBS) Viva Laughlin series premiere
Oct. 25 (NBC) Scrubs season premiere
Nov. 27 (ABC) Cashmere Mafia series premiere