Wisteria Lane bid Nicollette Sheridan farewell last night and this weekend, when "Desperate Housewives" was honored by The Paley Festival, we were given the official reasoning behind her character's death, thanks to an audience member who asked, “Edie. Why? Why? Why? Whyyy?!”
Did Sheridan want out? Not according to "DH" creator Marc Cherry. With the goal of keeping viewers engaged, Cherry said he'd planned to kill off a main
character in the fifth season for quite some time, he just didn’t know whom it would be until recently. "Creatively, the writers and I were starting to run out
of ideas [for Edie],” he admitted. And that's when they realized she'd be the one to go.
For those hoping the dearly departed character might
suddenly come back to life — or that the surprise return in the season
finale could be any one of "DH"'s deceased — prepare for disappointment. During the panel, Cherry said that as long as he can use flashbacks to bring his dead characters back onscreen and flesh out their
storylines/unanswered questions that way, he has no plans to rouse
anyone from their dirt nap. “When I kill them, I like them to stay
dead,” he shared, adding that he's afraid of making his show too much like the
Besides, sources close to Sheridan say her dismissal stung. She always felt she was treated like a fifth wheel on the series, telling friends that Edie was undervalued by the show's producers.
Funny enough, Edie's best friend — and "DH"'s other "fifth housewife" — Karen McCluskey, played by Emmy winner Kathryn Joosten, is in a completely different situation as the only Wisteria woman who has a guarantee of staying alive. Cherry told Paley attendees that he and Joosten were chatting a few years ago about her
experience on “The West Wing” and when she mentioned how unhappy she was
that Aaron Sorkin offed her character, Cherry found himself
promising he would never kill her off “DH." He realized
as soon as he made the promise that he probably shouldn’t go
around giving that guarantee to anyone else. Joosten did note that just
because Karen isn’t getting killed off, that doesn’t mean Marc can’t
move her out of the neighborhood one day. Not to worry though, it seems as though McCluskey will be sticking around for a while… she’s got a love
interest coming her way.
Susan reunion — apparently you people exist? — there is good news and bad. The good
news is that fans at Paley were on your side — the audience clapped
when a question was asked about the M/S relationship and Teri Hatcher clapped
along with the crowd while Dana Delany mock pouted over the thought of her
character’s boyfriend with another woman — and Marc admitted Mike and Susan's relationship will be revisited. The bad news is that it might take a while
to get there. “Happiness is lovely, but it’s the death of drama,” said Cherry. “We’ll get back [to Mike and Susan], but we don’t know when.”
Because the show will be sticking around for at least
a few more years, the writers have time to prolong the will-they-won’t-they thing. Besides, as you may have already heard, Susan will be receiving a marriage proposal from Gale Harold's Jackson when he returns to "DH" next month and Mike will be engaged to Delany's character, Katherine Mayfair, pretty soon too.
accident and that he actually looks better now than when we last saw him. I can vouch for that, as I visited Wisteria Lane this week and got some one-on-one time with the guy. His return will obviously impact Susan, but it'll also
throw a wrench into Dave (Neal McDonough)'s diabolical plans. Remember, Jackson witnessed Dave coming out of that storage room, where he killed his shrink, just before Fairview's big fire…
So there's definitely more big drama to come on that front, however Neal doesn't believe Dave really wants the revenge he’s
been seeking this season. He noted that one part of his character — the guy who existed before his wife and kid were lost — really likes the people on Wisteria
Lane, thinks of Mike as his best friend and wants to be a part of that
life. But the man who emerged from him once his family was destroyed will only be satisfied when Mike pays for his role in their death. Said Neal, “I guarantee you will not be let down
by the end of the season.”
Marc told the audience, as I mentioned above, that a character from the first two years of the show will return in the
last five minutes of the finale, and that this return will shock the
audience. He also said the actors on the panel hadn’t been told about
the return yet… which I now realize means that, though Jesse Metcalfe's John Rowland will be coming back to Wisteria Lane, he isn't the familiar old face we're being teased about, as he's already filmed scenes.
So, any new thoughts on who this returning mystery character may be?
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–Reporting by Marisa Roffman