Desperate Housewives

8:30pm Monday, April 12 on TV2

Katherine (Dana Delany) continues her meddling, this week on Desperate Housewives, and Susan (Teri Hatcher) questions her relationship with Mike (James Denton).

Katherine finds a way of letting Susan discover a surprising connection between herself and Mike, which leads Susan to question her relationship with her new husband. Gaby (Eva Longoria) will stop at nothing to get Juanita (Madison de la Garza) into Catholic school, and Lynette’s (Felicity Huffman) pregnancy becomes hysterically impossible to hide.

Meanwhile, as Bree (Marcia Cross) tries to hide her infidelity, Angie (Drea de Matteo) uncovers the truth about Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) and Bree’s imperfect marriage.

8:30pm Monday, March 29 on TV2

Susan (Teri Hatcher) suspects Katherine (Dana Delany) is Julie’s (Andrea Bowen) attacker, this week on Desperate Housewives.

Believing Katherine may be the person who strangled Julie, Susan goes to the police, where she bumps into detective Denise Lapera (guest star Kathy Najimy, Drop Dead Diva) an old acquaintance with whom she shares a history both would rather forget.

Meanwhile, Angie (Drea de Matteo) invites a reluctant Bree (Marcia Cross) and Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) to dinner; Gaby (Eva Longoria) struggles to home school Juanita (Madison de la Garza); Lynette (Felicity Huffman) has her own suspicions as to who attacked Julie; and Angie confronts Nick (Jeffrey Nordling) about the secret he’s withholding from her.

8:30pm Monday, March 1 on TV2

Sexy star Jesse Metcalfe makes a surprise return as John Rowland, Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) former lover, tonight on Desperate Housewives.

Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) becomes suspicious his wife still has the hots for John so he puts her to the test with the help of his niece Ana (Maiara Walsh). Lynette (Felicity Huffman) keeps quiet about her pregnancy, because she is expecting a big promotion, and she and Tom (Doug Savant) finally tell their kids they are expecting twins, and their reactions are far from pleasing.

Bree (Marcia Cross) believes Karl (Richard Urgi) is more serious about their affair, but is that really the case? When Karl shows up to the Harvest Dance with a date, Bree takes drastic action.

Meanwhile, the tension between Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Angie (Drea de Matteo) grows as Susan tries to warn everyone that Danny Bolen (Beau Mirchoff) is a dangerous kid. She’s convinced Danny attacked Julie (Andrew Bowen) and will go to extreme lengths to prove it.

8:30pm Monday, February 15 on TV2

Mike Delfino (James Denton) makes his choice of bride between Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Katherine (Dana Delany), in the new season premiere of Desperate Housewives, tonight on TV2.

In a flashback to two months earlier, the events leading up to Mike’s choice are revealed, and a nervous breakdown looks likely for the rejected woman.

Last year Hatcher pitched a similar story idea to the show’s creator Marc Cherry, but Cherry is remaining tight-lipped as to whether or not it will be Susan falling apart this season, though he does admit:

“I’ve always wanted to have one of my characters have some kind of severe emotional problem.”

Susan’s daughter, Julie (Andrea Bowen) is back and the vacant Young house gets some mysterious new tenants when Angie Bolen, played by The Sopranos’ Drea de Matteo, moves in with her husband and son.

“Julie will start to interact with the new family,” says Cherry, “and something horrible happens.”

Felicity Huffman who plays Lynette comments of her new neighbours: “The Bolen family add a certain streetwise toughness. I think they are dangerous. And it’s great to have Drea here, she is a wonderful woman and a great actress.”

When we last saw Lynette, the mother of four learned she was pregnant again – with twins.

“It’s almost a return to Lynette in the first season,” says Cherry. “A deeper, richer, more angry Lynette.”

Meanwhile Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) struggle with their troublemaking niece Ana (Maiara Walsh), who bears alarming similarities to a younger Gabrielle.

Elsewhere on Wisteria Lane, Bree (Marcia Cross), continues her affair with Susan’s ex-husband Karl (Richard Burgi), which Cherry says will cause Bree to “struggle with her conscience” as her husband Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) becomes suspicious.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Desperate Housewives will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

1:30pm Tuesday, October 27 on TV2

Before the new season premieres, TV2 revisits the domestic goddesses of Wisteria Lane, bringing you up-to-date with the lives of everyone’s favourite Desperate Housewives.

Five years have passed since Katherine shot her ex-husband, and Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gaby stood together in solidarity to protect her. Now, everything has changed with the women. Susan tries to hide her relationship with a new man, a worn-down Gaby questions her abilities as a mother, and Bree is on the verge of publishing her own cookbook as her business partner, Katherine, grows increasingly envious.

Meanwhile Lynette catches her teenage twins spearheading illegal activities, and Edie Britt returns to the street wearing only a bikini and a bitchy smile – and she has a new man in tow.

Monday 3 August, 8.30pm

In the second part of the season finale, Dave plan’s to avenge his wife and child’s death come to a chilling conclusion, tonight on Desperate Housewives.

When Dave invites Susan and MJ on a weekend away in the country, Susan takes up the offer, grateful for the opportunity to have some time out with MJ, but Dave has ulterior motives and it’s anyone’s guess whether Susan and MJ will make it out alive.

“Dave will finally put his plan into motion,” executive producer Bob Daily reveals to the USA TV Guide, of sociopath Dave’s vendetta against Susan and Mike. Plagued by a burning need for revenge over the death of his wife and child when their car crashed into Susan and Mike, Daily says Dave will show his “most violent side – and a surprisingly tender side,” in tonight’s episode.

It appears Susan is not the only housewife in trouble in the season finale. As Bree and her lawyer, Susan’s ex-husband Karl, bond over more than divorce, Orson takes a beating that Bree cannot comprehend.

“The Bree-Orson story finally comes to a head in the final…they’re sort of going off the rails,” hints Daily of Wisteria Lane’s ‘perfect’ couple. “It will all explode. But not in a way that means Orson is gone.”

Working through Tom’s decision to go back to school, Lynette and Tom will deal with what Daily hints will be “huge” news, throwing their future plans into question.

Gaby, meanwhile, finds out some family can be too close for comfort when her niece (guest star Maiara Walsh-Cory In The House) moves to Wisteria Lane, and displays some worrying parallels in personality; it turns out there is only room for one Solis in this neighbourhood.

Intent on keeping viewers on the edge of their seats, Daily says there will be a final-moment twist heading down the Lane. “We’re not doing another five-year jump,” Daily is quick to promise. “But we are doing a little leap into the future that will maybe anger some fans, and other fans will completely love.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Desperate Housewives will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘watch episode’ button.

Monday 27 July, 8.30pm

As Dave turns his attentions on Susan to avenge his wife and child’s death, his well laid plans of revenge move one step closer to fruition tonight, in the first part of Desperate Housewives’ thrilling two part season finale.

Mulling over the love that went wrong with Jackson, Susan is propositioned by Dave to spend a weekend away fishing with her son MJ, and she accepts Dave’s ‘friendly’ gesture.

Gaby runs into an old acquaintance who’s lost everything, Lynette is upset with Tom for his latest ‘bright idea’ and actively discourages it, and Orson threatens to blackmail Bree as their marriage continues to spiral downward.

VIBE – Saturdays from 18 July, 7.30pm

Who could forget the sexiest gardener in TV history, who spiced up our screens, and Gabby Solis’s bedroom, in the original season of Desperate Housewives? The team at Vibe is thrilled to be bringing sexy back in the form of Jesse Metcalfe who, along with Teri Hatcher and her scorching hot co-stars, introduced us to the guilty pleasures and dirty secrets of Wisteria Lane.

Looking down on her friends and family isn’t a way of life for Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong). It’s a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she’s taking audiences into the lives of her family and neighbours, commenting from her elevated position. Her husband is acting suspicious, the neighbours are talking, and her girlfriends are wondering why one of their own would do something so rash… and so messy.

There’s Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), the divorcee and single mother who will go to extraordinary lengths for love; Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), the ex-career woman who traded the boardroom for boredom, mixed with moments of sheer panic as the mother of four unmanageable kids; Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross), the Martha Stewart on steroids, whose family is about to mutiny; and Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria), the ex-model with everything she’s ever wanted – a rich husband, a big house – so what is she doing with the 17-year-old gardener? And then there is serial divorcee Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), whose romantic conquests have everyone buzzing.

Then there are the men: Hunky new neighbour Mike Delfino (James Denton), a supposedly widowed plumber who has Susan and Edie vying for his attention; Rex Van De Kamp (Steven Culp), who’s just told Bree he wants a divorce; Gabrielle’s better half, Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), who figures he bought his wife a $15,000 diamond necklace, so she should do whatever he tells her; as for Mary Alice’s newly-widowed husband, Paul (Mark Moses), there must be a reason why he’s acting so suspiciously – and why he’s digging up the pool in the middle of the night!

Mary Alice sees more now than she ever did alive and she’s sharing all the delicious secrets that hide behind closed doors.

Monday 22 June, 8.30pm

Edie uncovers the disturbing truth about her husband, Dave, tonight on Desperate Housewives, as Dave puts his plan in action, and lures Katherine and Mike into the most unusual of camping trips.

Suspicious that there is more to Dave than meets the eye, Edie does some investigating to find out who her husband really is, and discovers a shocking truth as her worst fears come true. With Katherine, Mike and Dave off in the woods for a ‘camping trip’, it is now up to Edie to make sure all three come back alive.

Speaking about whether she thinks her character, Katherine, has any idea what is about to happen to her, actress Dana Delany says, “I think we’re a little naive especially when he puts the shotgun in the back of the truck.”

As the plot has gradually revealed that Dave is on Wisteria Lane for the sole purpose of seeking revenge on Mike Delfino, for the death of his wife and child, it begs the question; does Mike have any idea why this man has taken such a zealous interest in him?

James Denton, who plays Mike, explains. “I think Mike’s a little bit sceptical, and there are moments when you see it. There’re flashes of it where Dave’s really pushing this band idea and Mike goes, ‘Why do you care so much? Why is it so important to you?’ And Dave explains it away and Mike is like ‘whatever’ because it’s no reason for him to be suspicious and ever get that he’s the guy from, you know, the connection to the past.”

“So, I buy that pretty well. Plus Dave is a professional motivational speaker, so he’s a little bit of a snake-oil salesman, and he’s pretty good at it, and I think Katherine really likes him. He butters her up. Says the right thing, and you know Mike doesn’t have any friends, so I think Dave played it perfectly. So it doesn’t bother me that Mike isn’t suspicious because there’s no reason to be. But I think after the camping trip, you know, when people start getting shot, then you have to wonder,” he finishes.

Speaking about this double game his character Dave is playing with Mike, actor Neal McDonough says Dave deals with it through different personalities.

“Mike Delfino is his best friend without a question. But on the other side he’s the one person in the world he has to kill; so that is hard to play, and it’s a definite challenge. In the next couple of episodes in the season finale of the last few episodes, it really comes to fruition in how he does deal with it and how he talks to himself and gets through things without medication anymore and tries to stay on the course of having to do what he has to, in order to make him truly happy. He at least makes one of his personalities truly happy, and then after that who knows.”

Shocked and drunk, Edie confronts Dave, on his return, about who he is and what his motives are, but she is silenced forever before she has a chance to expose him to Wisteria Lane.

Also on this week, Bree considers selling her business to save her marriage, as Orson puts his foot down, Lynette is threatened by her new boss, and boundaries are crossed for Gaby and Carlos.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Desperate Housewives will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘on demand’ button.

Monday 11 May, 8.30pm

Tonight on Desperate Housewives, the story of one man who changed the lives of the housewives in numerous ways, marks the 100th episode milestone.

When neighbourhood handyman, Eli Scruggs (guest star Beau Bridges), passes away, the residents of Wisteria Lane are given pause by the loss of his life, coming to realise just how much he affected their lives.

Executive producer Bob Daily tells TV Guide USA, “It was Eli who set Bree on a path to becoming the next Martha Stewart. He helped Lynette deal with her struggle over being a working mum. And we see how self-centred Gaby almost didn’t become friends with the other housewives because she made a horrible first impression. Eli got her into their circle and saved her from a lonely life in the suburbs.”

Filming the episode, which features flashbacks from the last 10 years, produced a feeling of déjà vu for the cast, as the old wardrobes were pulled out of storage, and the houses repainted to their original look.

Brenda Strong, who plays deceased housewife Mary Alice Young and narrates the series, previews the episode saying, “Bree’s famous flip is back, Gaby is glamorous again, and my character has miraculously risen from the dead.”

Speaking about the success of Desperate Housewives, creator and executive producer, Marc Cherry says he didn’t expect the show to run so long but feels that the five year jump has been really reinvigorating the show.

“It’s going really well. I mean who knows what will happen two years from now but for right now we’re all really excited about it.”

Dana Delany who plays Katherine Mayfair, a shy character who is steadily making her mark on Wisteria Lane, and Bree’s right-hand woman in business, says that the show is still going from strength to strength, and the future looks exciting.

“Anything can happen on Wisteria Lane. There are still more seasons to come. I think that’s what’s fun about the show, Marc will have an overview but then things will change along the way, and you never know quite what’s going to come up.”

With glimpses of seasons gone, this week’s episode brings back some of your favourite memories, showing the changes the housewives have made to their lives, and how much they have evolved over the past years. If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Desperate Housewives, will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘on demand’ button.