DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES’ Finale: All Whimper, No Bang

If when you arrive at the office this morning, you hear the word “lame” being bandied about, fear not, gentle reader. It’s likely that the water cooler talk is not about you, but about last night’s finale of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.

Now, I’ll admit: I went into the last-ever outing with low expectations. After all, since airing one of the most brilliant pilots in recent television history, this show has rarely — if ever — managed to recreate the very elements that originally drew me in. Over the years, the series devolved into uninspired, overly-long “mysteries” (Betty Applewhite, anyone?) and the type of humor that one would expect to find in a Saturday morning cartoon as opposed to a Sunday night sudser. The childish bickering that ensued after Julie’s water broke on the way to Renee’s wedding was everything wrong with HOUSEWIVES. Time and again, we sat through scenes in which supposedly-grown women acted like children. [Read more...]

We Wave Goodbye to Wisteria Lane with Reflections from Stars Kevin Rahm, Tuc Watkins, Darcy Rose Byrnes and Charles and Max Carver


 
Looking back over the past eight seasons of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, there have been many familiar faces that have popped in and out of the series tying its hilarious stories together.  Straddling the worlds of drama and comedy, the series helped define a new television term “dramedy.”  Even when life is at its worst, there is a silver-lining of laughter embedded into the series.  From Mary Alice’s suicide to the first season murders of Deidre Taylor, Martha Huber, Rex Van de Kamp, to the Fairview Strangler, the plane crash and the tornado, as well as the untimely demises of Edie Britt, Nora Huntington, and Mike Delfino – life on Wisteria Lane has never been a calm, peaceful and safe place to live; but it was always a fun place to visit – if only to watch all the outrageous stories brought to life! [Read more...]

Defending Bree’s Life! Scott Bakula Dishes on His DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Guest Arc and What Makes a Successful Series Finale

One of the few positives to knowing well in advance that a show such as DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is coming to a close is that it affords a creator like Marc Cherry ample time to check off his bucket list. Case in point, the recent addition of Scott Bakula to Wisteria Lane as Bree’s defence attorney Trip Weston is a guest spot eight seasons in the making. At least according to Bakula, the affable actor who was only too happy to take some time during the show’s final week of shooting to tease what’s in store for his character’s relationship with Bree both in and outside the courtroom, what it’s like to be a part of such an iconic show’s closing chapter and what fans can expect from the upcoming series finale. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more...]

REVENGE! GAME OF THRONES! GLEE! SURVIVOR! The TV Addict Week in Rewind

Saddest Waste Of Time: The most-discussed nipple in recorded history went to the Supreme Court as the judges were asked to decide whether to strike down the fines against CBS. Seriously.
 
Worst Rerun Ever: Nicollette Sheridan’s wrongful termination suit against ABC Studios will start all over again on September 10. And with the show over by then, this time we can’t even look forward to any spoilers in the testimony.

Worst Timing: Jonathan Frid, aka the real Barnabas Collins, died just as the release of the big-screen version of DARK SHADOWS would no doubt have resulted in one last chance for him to bask in the spotlight.
 
Best RIP Tweet: “You may remember Dick Clark as the world’s oldest living teenager,” tweeted Danny Bonaduce. “I’ll remember him as the man who beat me in a pushup contest… he was 74.” 
 
And The End-Of-The-Road Award Goes To…: The Discovery channel, which this week announced that CASH CAB would no longer be filming new episodes. [Read more...]

SURVIVOR! ONE TREE HILL! MISSING! GENERAL HOSPITAL! SUPERNATURAL! The TV Addict Week in Rewind

Best Funeral: Sorry, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, but when it came to remembering a lost (fictional) loved one, the grieving of Robin Scorpio-Drake’s GENERAL HOSPITAL loved ones was far more moving than the service for Mike Delfino.
 
Best Funeral, Runner Up: Nope, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES didn’t come in second either, thanks to ONE TREE HILL baddie Dan Scott finally meeting his maker… and, in the afterlife, the brother he killed several seasons ago.

Most Fun Marathon: Logo will host a “24 Hour Salute To Great American Cinema” by running Showgirls on a 24-hour loop… on April Fool’s Day.
 
Coolest Show: Too bad Discovery didn’t save the incredible seven-part series FROZEN PLANET for summer. It’s icy locals might have helped cool us down during the hotter months! [Read more...]

Ask the Addict: Spoilers for BONES, THE GOOD WIFE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, HART OF DIXIE & More!

This long time FRIENDS fan is ridiculously excited for Matthew Perry’s appearance on Sunday’s episode. Any hints as to what he’s up to? — Rachelle
The TV Addict: Unfortunately for Alicia, when it comes to this Sunday’s episode, the good wife and great lawyer does not have a friend in Matthew Perry who as head of a blue ribbon commission tasked with getting to the bottom of a police shooting may not exactly have “finding the truth” at the top of his to-do list.

This GOOD WIFE obsessed fan cannot get enough of Dylan Baker’s uber-creepy client Colin Sweeney. Are there any plans to see him stir up trouble before this season comes to a close? — Brenda
The TV Addict: Not that we know of. But if it helps, Sunday’s episode does culminate with the surprise return of someone, that in our humble opinion, is far more dangerous than your run-of-the-mill convicted killer when it comes to Alicia’s well-being.

With all the hype surrounding BONES’ upcoming trip to Hollywood, I couldn’t help but notice that both the producers and cast were being relatively mum on what role — if any — Dr. Camille Saroyan plays in the episode? — Wilson
The TV Addict: If the producers and cast are being a little less than forthcoming with regards to what role — if any — Cam plays during the show’s much-anticipated trip to Hollywood that sees Booth and Brennan investigate a murder on the set of the film adaptation of Brennan’s book, it’s for good reason. And we say that as someone who was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Cam’s costume courtesy of Tamara Taylor’s very own iPhone photo album that she was kind enough to show off during a recent one-on-one in Toronto. Suffice it to say, a completely different side of the good doctor doesn’t begin to describe things. So stay tuned! [Read more...]

Ask the Addict: Spoilers for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, CASTLE, BONES, REVENGE, ONCE UPON A TIME & More!

Any scoop about the serial killer that has arrived in Mystic Falls? Vampire, human or spirit? — Abby
The TV Addict: Since narrowing it down would ruin all the fun for you VAMPIRE DIARIES fans, you’re going to have to trust us when we say that the Mystic Falls Murderer (Trademark, theTVaddict.com) is absolutely the last person you would suspect. No word of a lie, our head is still ringing from the chorus of “Nooooooooooos” that emanated from last week’s PaleyFest panel celebrating the hit CW series!

Any chance Castle and Beckett will step-it-up during Monday’s episode involving a murder during a DANCING WITH THE STARS-esque competition? — Madison
The TV Addict: As much as we’re rooting for both Castle and Beckett to do the mambo of both the actual and the horizontal variety, both Castle and Beckett’s feet remain planted squarely on the floor during Monday’s episode. That said, if it’s any consolation, the March 19th episode does pay homage to one of our favorite syfy sci-fi shows, thanks to a mysterious murder that will have you wondering if you’ve accidentally stepped into an alternate universe.
 
Based on the previews for BONES much anticipated return, it looks as though Brennan may be giving birth in prison. Please tell me this blessed event doesn’t take place behind bars?! — Lisa
The TV Addict: Never fear! Despite what the promos might have you believe, the smarter-than-your-average-showrunners have whipped up a far more tender and touching scene for the birth of Booth and Brennan’s bundle of joy that we can pretty much guarantee will have you reaching for that box of kleenex that you keep next to your couch for very-special-episodes like this. And speaking of behind-bars… [Read more...]

THE MIDDLE! SURVIVOR! GENERAL HOSPITAL! DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES! The TV Addict Week in Rewind

Best Reason For Soap Fans To Not Give Up Hope: Not only were GENERAL HOSPITAL’s ratings up under new headwriter Ron Carlivati, but sources told TV Guide that Katie Couric was hoping THE REVOLUTION would get axed rather than the sudser. Why? Hey, the lady ain’t dumb: Fans of the canceled ONE LIFE TO LIVE boycotted its replacement… and she’d like very much to avoid that same fate!
 
Evidence Most Likely To Become A DVD Extra: To refute Nicollette Sheridan’s charge that her character’s demise was written out of spite, defendant Marc Cherry’s lawyers showed jurors a video titled “Deaths On Wisteria Lane” that featured each of the Grim Reaper’s visits to DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. And speaking of the most interesting thing to happen to DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES in seven seasons…

Biggest Headscratcher: Was it really integral to ABC’s defense to SPOIL the only interesting plot point to come out of Wisteria Lane in years?
 
Least Likely Conversation Starter: Who knew that THE WALKING DEAD — a show about zombies — would offer this country’s smartest debate on the death penalty? [Read more...]

Ask the Addict: Spoilers for THE GOOD WIFE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, ONCE UPON A TIME, DEGRASSI, SUPERNATURAL & More!

Cannot wait for Sunday’s return of THE GOOD WIFE. Now that Will Gardner’s legal career seems to be back on track is there any hope at all for a rekindling of his relationship with Alicia? — Brandon
The TV Addict: We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but at what point exactly did it become clear that Will’s professional problems are over? Oh sure, Wendy Scott Carr’s witch-hunt may have wrapped up, but as this Sunday’s episode clearly illustrates, Will isn’t quite out of the woods just yet. What’s more, fans can expect the fiasco that was the failure of Wendy Scott Carr’s investigation to have serious repercussions for both Lockhart Gardner and Peter Florrick’s State Attorney’s Office in terms of personal. Seriously surprising ones that we did not in a million years see coming.

I miss the old Alicia and Kalinda. Do you think there is any chance my two favorite female friends will ever be able to look past the ugliness of the first half of this season? — Amy
The TV Addict: Oddly enough, we’ve got some good news on the Alicia and Kalinda front. It would appear that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Or at least that’s our prediction based on a case that Alicia has been asked to handle that seems to set the table for a frenaissance in a future episode. Stay tuned.

DEGRASSI scoop please. — Lindsey
The TV Addict: As we are wont to do anytime we get a plea for intel on what trials and tribulations those maniacal DEGRASSI writers plan on putting your favorite student body through when the hit Canadian export returns next Friday February 24th, we sent out a quick feeler to our source on the set. Their response, “Expect a life-changing accident!” Read into that what you will. [Read more...]