Description: The “normal” suburban life for a group of close-knit housewives takes a dark turn when one of their closest friends mysteriously commits suicide. Now while trying to deal with their own hectic problems and romantic lives, each year brings on a new mystery and more dark and twisted events to come. Life behind closed doors is about to be revealed as suburban life takes a funny and dark turn.
Creator: Marc Cherry
Stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross
- Tempting, isn’t it?
- The guilty pleasure returns
- Time to come clean
- A fan loved the dress Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) wore in the pilot so much, she wrote to the producers asking the name of the designer, and if he could design her a prom dress. The producers instead sent her the actual gown, and she wore it to her prom.
- Marcia Cross originally tried for the part of Mary Alice Young, but was cast as Bree Van De Kamp. Nicollette Sheridan tried for the part of Bree Van De Kamp, but was cast as Edie Britt.
- Originally started off as a comedy pilot, and was rejected by every network, including Lifetime and HBO. ABC expressed an interest, and it was retooled to its current format of a dark comedy and drama.
- Teri Hatcher broke two ribs filming the scene where she stumbles into a wedding cake and insisted they didn’t stop production.
- Teri Hatcher is the first person to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series, for a show that had not yet completed its first season.
- Oprah Winfrey loved the show so much, she was invited to the set, and had an exclusive show, in which she showcased a fifteen minute “episode”, where Oprah (as a new neighbor) learned all of the secrets of the housewives.
- Each hour-long episode was filmed in eight days, typically three on-location, and five on the Universal Studios backlot.
- Bree is based on Marc Cherry’s own mother. Dana Delany was the original actress considered for the part, declining it three times.
- Producers believed Ricardo Chavira to be too young, and not suave enough, and almost didn’t cast him as Carlos Solis.