Behind the wisteria lurk the secrets, affairs and lies one admits only to closest friends. Through marriages, divorces, births, deaths — accidental and intentional — illnesses, triumphs, children and crimes, one bond remains indestructible: the women's friendship.
ABC's “Desperate Housewives” comes to what will undoubtedly be an over-the-top two-hour finale at 8 p.m. Sunday. Even as the actresses head into their final weeks after eight seasons, they don't know what will happen, but they respect creator Marc Cherry's cloak of secrecy. Three of the four original housewives — Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria — reflect on the show.
Huffman as Lynette: She's the housewife most women relate to. She loves her husband and kids, but they drive her crazy. She's had jobs, but taking care of her family trumped career. Lynette vanquished cancer, and this season saw her separate from Tom (Doug Savant) after 20 years.
Reflections on “Desperate Housewives”: “I have enjoyed every minute of it,” Huffman said. “Just the other night I was talking to Bill (husband William H. Macy) and trying to work on something and said, ‘Maybe I can practice doing this better.' It is such a luxury to get eight years of acting.”
Little-known tidbit: “I wanted to play all of the parts,” she said of reading the pilot. “I wanted to play Gabrielle Solis! I want to be a Latina supermodel.”
Cross as Bree: With her manicured gardens, twin sets and pearls, Bree seems unflappable. She made and lost a huge business based on her recipes and has gone through a couple of husbands, and this season alone, many men.
Reflections on “Desperate Housewives”: “Some of her is based on his mother,” Cross said of Cherry's mom. “At some point a penny dropped — it is not just his mother — it is him! And what I mean about that, despite all of the craziness in the press, in my eight years with Marc, he is never anything but pleasant. That is something that he lives by.”
Little-known tidbit: Though Cherry initially wanted Dana Delany as Bree, she turned down the role.
Longoria as Gaby: Though a shallow narcissist, Gaby is self-aware and a great friend. After her early dalliance with a younger gardener (Jesse Metcalfe), she has stayed true to Carlos.
Reflections on “Desperate Housewives”: “It broke the mold for a lot of things,” Longoria said. “For dramedies, we were never a comedy, never a drama. We always rode the hyphen. Marcia, Felicity and Teri were over 40 and leads of the show, and for four female leads to be on the No. 1 show in the world said a lot about the movement and progress women have made in television.”