The seventh annual Produced By Conference presented by the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) occurred May 30-31, 2015, and was hosted by Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. It brought together the best of Hollywood in film, television, and digital. Lee Daniels,Tyler Perry, Kevin Smith, Brian Grazer, Eva Longoria, and Reese Witherspoon are but a few of the names that came to speak to producers from all over the world. See more after the jump.
She’s been a success on film and in the recording studio – and has played one of the ultimate divas, Wilhelmina Slater on ABC’s recently cancelled Ugly Betty. Now Vanessa Williams is moving to Fairview’s infamous Wisteria Lane for the seventh season of Desperate Housewives.
What kind of havoc/mischief/mayhem will she wreak as the newest housewife on the block? Only series creator Marc Cherry knows for sure – but you can count the new woman on the block to be something other than restrained and genteel [at least, beneath the surface…].
Fans and viewers of Desperate Housewives who missed seeing sexy gardner John Rowlands gracing Wisteria Lane can rejoice. Industry reports tell us that Jesse Metcalfe has signed on to return to Desperate Housewives in the upcoming season.
In the first season of Desperate Housewives, Rowland, had a steamy and illicit romance with Gabriele Solis (Eva Longoria Parker), Since then Metcalfe has made several cameo appearances in other seasons.
Creator Marc Cherry had this to say when he was speaking to TVGuide Magazine about the character’s return to the hit series. “We will be seeing John Rowland return to Wisteria Lane as a divorced man who is doing well in a different industry”.
Cherry also added: “When Ana (Maiara Malsh) finds out that Gabrielle had an affair with John, she sets her sights on him, which upsets Gabrielle.”
Metcalfe is expected to appear in the third and fourth episodes of the sixth season.
Last season’s addition of two new couples [one gay] to the inhabitants of Wisteria Lane sparked a season of television that ranked right up with the first season’s deliriously/deliciously funny first year. Of course, one member of one couple was a former resident of Wisteria Lane who was returning after a dozen years. Katherine [Dana Delaney] and Adam [Nathan Fillion] Mayfair and her daughter, Dylan Davis [Lyndsy Fonseca] brought one of the season’s darkest secrets with them, while the gay couple, Bob Hunter [Tuc Watkins] and Lee McDermott [Kevin Rahm] brought the world’s ugliest lawn ornament.
Katherine brought one other thing to the show – competition for Bree in the Make-Martha-Stewart-Look-Like-a-Piker Sweepstakes and Adam’s profession [gynecologist] led to some unusual [and unusually funny scenes early in the season. Meanwhile, Lynette [Felicity Huffman] and Tom Scavo [Doug Savant] had to deal with Tom’s daughter from his first marriage, Kayla [Rachel Fox] – a true demon seed if ever there was one. Add to that the Carlos-Gaby-Victor triangle; prospective in-laws; Edie’s usual machinations and the drama of a gay wedding… sorry, commitment ceremony… and that would do for an entire season on any other show. Then, there was the tornado…
The balance between the dramatic and comedic aspects of the series has never been better and the cast really tore into the material. Season four even spawned an episode that could contend for FX and set design Emmys with the tornado and aftermath episodes. If Marc Cherry decided to end the series tomorrow, it could have no better send-off.
Continuing his innovations, Marc Cherry came up with a great concept for the DVD package for season four: Couples’ Commentaries. Each of five episodes has a commentary track by the actors who play one of the main couples on the show, plus there are two additional commentaries of the traditional nature.
Features: Audio Commentaries: Marc Cherry, Bob Dailey and Jeff Greenstein on the season premiere, “Now You Know,” and Marc Cherry, Nicollette Sheridan and David Warren on Mother Said; Couples’ Commentaries: Marcia Cross and Kyle MacLachlan on Now I Know, Don’t Be Scared; Dana Delaney and Nathan Fillion on Distant Past; Eva Longoria Parker and Ricardo Antonio Chavira on Something’s Coming; Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant on Welcome to Kanagawa, and Teri Hatcher and James Denton on Mother said; Getting Desperate: From Beginning to End – following the making of Something’s Coming; Spare Time: Hanging With the Men of Wisteria Lane; Cherry-Picked: Creator Marc Cherry’s Favorite Scenes [with optional commentary]; Alternate ending [with optional commentary]; Deleted Scenes [with optional commentary], and a Blooper Reel. There is also an eight-page booklet designed as a Fairview Reality flyer with realtor’s descriptions of the eight houses we’ve seen in the show, along with ads for local businesses and a list of episode titles and some [but not all] of the bonus features [at the least, they could have included the list of commentary tracks].
Grade: Desperate Housewives, Season 4 – A
Grade: Features – A
Final Grade: A