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posted January 24, 2005 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'Desperate Housewives' Demand Bigger Paychecks

The stars of hit American sitcom Desperate Housewives have reportedly threatened a revolt over their small salaries. Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Nicolette Sheridan are all demanding bigger paychecks to cash in on the worldwide success of the ABC series that won two Golden Globe Awards last week, reports Britain's Daily Star Sunday newspaper. More than 40 countries have snapped up the dark comedy and it is currently number one in the US ratings, regularly pulling in more than 30 million viewers. An insider at Touchstone Television says, "The girls are fuming. Their salaries range from $47,000 to $76,000 an episode - which is peanuts compared to the cash coming in from selling it around the world. It's crazy when you compare it with the $1.8 million-a-show the stars of Friends were making. No one's suggesting they're worth that much. But they do deserve a slice of the big bucks they're generating." In an interview with America's People magazine last month, Sheridan complained, "I'm the poorest actress on television. I heard (the cast of) Friends got cars when they had such amazing ratings. But I got flowers. I'm still waiting for the Porsche."

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'Desperate Housewives' Creator Slams Pammie Claims

The creator of TV show Desperate Housewives has hit out at Pamela Anderson's claims she turned down a role in the ABC comedy. The former Baywatch babe says she was offered the role of divorced single mother Susan Mayer, which eventually went to Teri Hatcher. Anderson said, "Blonde is my trademark so I said no. Now I could kick myself as the show is simply great. I am hoping to persuade them to give me a guest star role." But Desperate Housewives writer and producer Marc Cherry insists Anderson was never asked. He says, "No offer was tendered."

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posted February 01, 2005 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By Roger Friedman

Michael Douglas Gets a 'Desperate Housewife'

It looks like all the hype from "Desperate Housewives" may be paying off.

My sources tell me that Eva Longoria, whose character is having an affair with an 18-year-old gardener on the hit ABC show, has landed a role in a big Hollywood studio film.

Longoria is set to join Michael Douglas, Kim Basinger and Kiefer Sutherland in "The Sentinel."

The movie is based on a bestseller by Gerald Petievich about a first lady (Basinger) who's having an affair with a Secret Service agent (Douglas).

They're still casting the role of the president, in case anyone's interested. He's described as having "gray hair." Well, being president would give anyone gray hair, no?

Not bad for Longoria. Prior to "Desperate Housewives," she had a small and undistinguished role on the CBS soap "The Young and the Restless." But "Housewives" has made all of its leads overnight sensations that is, "overnight" after working for years to get the recognition.

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'Housewives' DVD Will Reveal All

Desperate Housewives producer Marc Cherry plans to include scenes in the DVD version of the show that had to be cut out because they were deemed too racy for broadcast television, the New York Post reported today (Tuesday), citing an interview with Cherry that appeared on the entertainment industry website jackmyers.com. Cherry noted that scenes in the TV version that had to be blurred out will be shown in their original focus once the DVD is released. Among the sequences that will be restored on DVD will be one involving S&M featuring Sharon Lawrence and Steven Culp. Cherry said that it had to be cut because ABC's censors "went nuts." Cherry also indicated that scenes that were cut from the TV version, presumably to keep it from running over its one hour length, will return. He remarked, "We've got a couple of plots that are going to make much more sense once you see what we've cut out."

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Sheridan's British Accent Shame

Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan consciously dropped her British accent when she moved to America as a child to avoid being bullied. The 41-year-old, who was shocked by the taunts she endured after starting school in the US, has a different problem now - she's teased by her British friends about her American accent during visits to the UK. She says, "I came over when I was 10 years old, which was very difficult because everybody made fun of me. You had the little English accent, you get up and read out loud in class and everybody was laughing and they used to call me 'Little English Muffin'. So I had a fabulous, intelligent retort. It was, 'Oh yeah? You American Cheese!' I had to practice a lot to get this American accent. I used to come home from school in tears from being called this English muffin and I'd go, 'I can't speak English anymore...' It was very difficult." But now Sheridan faces taunts from her British pals. She adds, "I go home they're like, 'Oh, you bloody Yank!' And here (in the US) they're like, 'What are you? Are you from New York?'"

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Hatcher Finds Love

Actress Teri Hatcher is desperate for love no longer, after embarking on a romance with a hot-shot TV producer. The 40-year-old Desperate Housewives beauty, who recently confessed that it had been a "long time" since she had been with a man, has been quietly dating 36-year-old Bryan Burk, executive producer of American TV show Lost. On March 19, the lovebirds were photographed taking the actress' seven-year-old daughter Emerson for pizza in Eagle Rock, California. When they arrived at the restaurant, they were greeted by Hatcher's parents, according to Us Weekly magazine. The two were first spotted together on a lunch date on February 13 in Studio City, California. Hatcher's latest love match contradicts reports in British tabloids that the actress is back with former blind date, dentist Dr. William Dorfman.

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'Housewives' Returns With a Bang

While an overrun of CBS's NCAA basketball tournament coverage helped lift the network's Sunday-night ratings, they were no match for ABC's lineup, which included Desperate Housewives and the premiere of Grey's Anatomy. The return of Housewives, the season's biggest new hit, to the ABC lineup registered a 14.4 rating and a 22 share in the 9:00 hour, drawing about twice the audience recorded for the first hour of the CBS movie Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (7.7/12). NBC placed third in the hour with a 6.6/10 for Law & Order: Criminal Intent. At 10:00, Grey's Anatomy led with a 10.0/17, beating NBC's Crossing Jordan (7.1/12) and the CBS movie (6.8/12).

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'Housewives' Catfight on Vanity Fair Photo Shoot

The stars of Desperate Housewives turned into desperate divas on the set of their Vanity Fair cover shoot when Marcia Cross took offense at the star treatment lavished on Golden Globe-winner Teri Hatcher. According to writer Ned Zeman, who was present when the bust-up occurred, Cross "lost it" when Hatcher was moved into the center of the group shot, despite publicists' demands that photographers treat cast members as equals. Zeman says, "ABC (TV) publicity demanded that, in all the different set-ups that the women would be posed for photographs, Teri Hatcher absolutely was not to be in the center of the women. There had been some tension on the set over who's getting the awards and who's getting most of the magazine covers - that would be Teri Hatcher." And when Hatcher seemed to be taking over the shoot, through no fault of her own, Cross showed off her fiery side. Zeman adds, "She screamed (the publicist's) name and said, in essence, 'I want you to get over here and do your bleeping job...' Then she launched into this profanity-laced tirade. Teri was most visibly upset and got very emotional and was tearing up and was on her cell phone seeking comfort from someone." Hatcher insists the spat has been blown out of proportion: "However it comes off, I believe that everyone is as grateful to be on the show as I am." Meanwhile, cast mate Eva Longoria claims the fight was sparked by over-the-top primping and preening: "They forget we just shot a 16-hour day the day before and when someone's tweaking every little hair, it's like, 'Stop touching us, just shoot the picture.'"

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Producers: 'Desperate Housewives' Not at War

The producers of Desperate Housewives are acting fast to play down reports the five stars of the show hate each other after feuding on the set of a Vanity Fair cover shoot. Marcia Cross reportedly lashed out at publicists when cast mate Teri Hatcher appeared in the middle of the group shot, despite requests that she wasn't made the centre of attention. But the show's producers insist the lengthy shoot became heated when circumstances out of the actress' control took over. In a statement released yesterday, the producers said, "This shoot simply did not go as planned. Because of this, our talent were made to deal as best they could with a situation not of their making. This one isolated incident does not define these women or their relationship."

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Pope's Death Causes 'Housewives' Producers To Edit Scene

The producers of Desperate Housewives were asked to alter a scene mentioning Catholics in last Sunday's episode because it was deemed inappropriate in light of Pope John Paul II's expected death at the time. In the scene, a character remarks during a funeral, "You have to hand it to the Catholics, they do grieve better than anyone." Instead, actress Marcia Cross, who played the character, was asked to record a new line, substituting the words "Gabby and Carlos" (the names of two of the show's characters) for "the Catholics." British news reports quoted exec producer Michael Edelstein as saying, "We got a phone call from ABC Friday evening asking about the line. In light of world events, we felt we should be more sensitive. We were happy to go in and make a last-second fix."

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'Housewives' Present United Front at Hatcher's Big Night

The reportedly feuding Desperate Housewives showed a united front in Hollywood Tuesday night when Nicolette Sheridan and Eva Longoria joined cast mate Teri Hatcher at her InStyle magazine cover party. The girls reportedly fell out during a recent Vanity Fair photo shoot, but there was no sign of any angst at the InStyle celebration. Sheridan refused to comment on the controversy, but was thrilled with her co-star's high-profile magazine cover, stating, "She's got a $20 million smile". Hatcher, herself, admitted she's thrilled with the new cover: "It looks like I'm 40. It doesn't look like I'm trying to be 25. I want to be a voice for women to say it's OK to be older." But Housewives hunk James Denton, who plays Hatcher's on-screen love interest Mike Delfino on the hit show, claimed his pretty co-star has no idea of how sexy she is. He explained, "Sometimes I feel bad for her because she doesn't know how hot she is."

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Williams Claims 'Housewives' Is More Lurid Than He Is

Robin Williams continues to be rankled by ABC's decision to censor his planned performance of a satirical song at February's Oscar telecast. In an interview with TV Guide, Williams said, "This is the same network that has Desperate Housewives, [a show] where a woman has an affair with a high-school kid. ... They're worried about [me singing lines like] 'Pinocchio gets his nose done' or 'Casper's in the Ku Klux Klan'? What they wanted to censor had nothing to do with words, but everything to do with corporate logos." Williams also told the magazine that he didn't watch NBC's recent made-for-TV movie, Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy. "It's weird," he said "If they're going to make a bad movie about your life, then [you should] wait for the Cartoon Network [version]."

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Huffman Denies Tension Among 'Housewives'

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman has rubbished reports the TV show's leading ladies despise each other following a series of bitter rows. The actresses - Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan - have been plagued by claims their time on-set is being hindered by constant squabbling and walk-outs. But former Sports Night star Huffman - who plays Lynette Scavo on the show - has blasted the newspaper coverage, insisting they're all very close. She says, "We're all friends. We all get along. I love going to work."

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'Bus' Can't Run Over 'Housewives'

ABC's one-two punch of Desperate Housewives followed by Grey's Anatomy once again clobbered the competition Sunday night as the latter show led at 10:00 p.m. with an 11.7 rating and a 19 share, while the former show drew the biggest audience of the night, with a 15.8/23.. CBS lead during the first two hours of primetime Sunday, picking up a 7.9/14 for 60 Minutes and a 10.2/16 for Cold Case.It also made a strong second-place showing later in the evening with the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Riding the Bus with My Sister. Overall, ABC averaged a 10.7/17 for the night, followed by CBS with a 9.5/15. NBC followed with a 6.0/10.

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Sheridan Rubbishes 'Housewives' Tension

Nicolette Sheridan is the latest Desperate Housewives star to vehemently deny reports of tension between the show's female leading ladies. The TV actresses - Sheridan, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman - have been plagued by claims their time on-set is being hindered by constant squabbling and walk-outs. And Sheridan is adamant if the female stars were men, they wouldn't be subjected to such harsh media treatment. She says, "It's so funny, all this talk about what goes on between the women in the cast. If we were five men, there wouldn't be this discussion. We all get along fine. Of course, I can only speak for myself, but as far as I'm concerned, I have great respect and admiration for my co-stars, I thoroughly enjoy working with them and the only complaint I have is that I wish I had more time on set."

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