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By SUSAN KING and SUSAN KING,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 3, 2005
What began as a guest-starring role as Bree's pharmacist George Williams for three episodes on ABC's top-rated series, Desperate Housewives, has turned into a regular gig for actor Roger Bart. "All I can say is that I'm still here," muses Bart, who adds new meaning to the word "creepy" as the Cheshire Cat-grinning George, who is so obsessed with Bree (Marcia Cross) that he causes the death of her husband, Rex, by exchanging his heart medicine for something a bit more toxic. The 43-year-old Bart nearly didn't get the job on Desperate Housewives.
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April 12, 2010
DIXIE CARTER, 70 Star of 'Designing Women' "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter, whose Southern charm and natural beauty won her a host of television roles, has died at age 70. Carter died Saturday morning, according to publicist Steve Rohr, who represents Carter and her husband, actor Hal Holbrook. He declined to disclose the cause of death or where she died. Carter lived with Holbrook in the Los Angeles area. "This has been a terrible blow to our family," Holbrook said in a written statement.
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 12, 2004
IN MY BABY boomer lifetime, I have gone from flower child to thirtysomething to soccer mom to empty-nester. Somehow, I missed out on being one of those Desperate Housewives. You know that stereotype, too, I am sure. Exhausted by my spoiled kids, abandoned by my workaholic husband, obsessed with the perfection of my home and driven mad by it all, I burn down the house of my rival, have sex with the garden boy, poison my husband or blow my brains out in front of the family portrait. Desperate Housewives (Sunday, 9 p.m.)
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By MIKE HIMOWITZ | May 29, 2008
Last week, I noted that for better or worse, it's quite possible to watch Desperate Housewives on your computer. This week, I'm happy to report that if you missed it on your TV or PC, you can catch Desperate Housewives on your cell phone. That's what was playing the first time I turned on AT&T's new LG Vu, the company's sleek, flagship entry in the new world of small-screen television-to-go. Like Verizon Wireless, which unveiled its television service in the fall, AT&T has signed on with MediaFlo USA to provide real-time broadcasts to specially-equipped phones through MediaFlo's UHF network.
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By Maria Elena Fernandez and Maria Elena Fernandez,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 29, 2004
HOLLYWOOD - Mark Moses seems like a regular guy. He coaches his young sons' soccer and baseball teams, he speaks adoringly of his wife of 16 years, and he sure likes to laugh. Then why does a woman interrupt his lunch at the Aroma Cafe in Studio City to belt out, "You're a murdering S.O.B."? Perhaps it's because Moses has quickly become Public Enemy No. 1 in the minds of some TV viewers. To them, he's Paul Young, the Desperate Housewives husband who dug out his swimming pool in the middle of the night after his wife ceremoniously killed herself in the pilot, set a toy chest afloat with "grisly remains" in a lake and committed his adolescent son to a psychiatric ward, where he ordered doctors to "forget the Freud and stick with the drugs."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | October 3, 2004
Give me liberty, or give him death. That theme suffuses tonight's big-ticket, prime-time programming match-up as ABC premieres its highly publicized new series, Desperate Housewives, which features four suburban mothers stressed to the point of snapping. (And snap they do.) At the same time, CBS will counter the ABC drama by airing Suburban Madness, a docudrama about a Houston woman who runs over her philandering husband -- three times. Both ABC and CBS offerings are told from the point of view of upper-middle-class suburban women; and in both, it's open season on husbands who cheat.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 14, 2004
Viewers are falling hard for a group of Desperate Housewives. An estimated 24.9 million of them tuned in last Sunday night for ABC's red-hot drama, giving the new series its largest audience yet. It was also the biggest audience for any scripted show on ABC since the May 2000 farewell episode of Michael J. Fox on Spin City. No wonder. During the course of an hour, viewers got to see: Felicity Huffman's Lynette Scavo tangle with a fellow parent at her sons' upscale school. Eva Longoria's Gabrielle Solis ditch her mother-in-law at a casino to be with her boytoy.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TV CRITIC | March 14, 2006
ABC continued its Sunday-night dominance with Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy, despite the competition offered by the return of The Sopranos. But the eagerly awaited opening episode of the celebrated mob drama appears to have cut into ABC's margin of victory a bit. Desperate Housewives, seen by 23.2 million viewers on average, drew an audience of 22.2 million Sunday in its first head-to-head match-up with The Sopranos. That's a drop of 4.3 percent. Among viewers 18 to 49 years old, the most important demographic to advertisers, Desperate Housewives was down about 10 percent from its average for the year.
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By HAL BOEDEKER and HAL BOEDEKER,ORLANDO SENTINEL | April 14, 2006
ABC has found better ratings through buffer hunks: Patrick "McDreamy" Dempsey of Grey's Anatomy, Matthew Fox of Lost and the unsung men of Desperate Housewives. The network tries to extend the streak with Barry Watson of What About Brian. Fans remember Watson fondly for playing Matt Camden on 7th Heaven. The actor exudes easy charm as Brian, a Los Angeles bachelor in romantic turmoil. What About Brian debuts at 10 p.m. Sunday on ABC (WMAR, Channel 2); then moves to its 10 p.m. Monday slot.
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January 21, 2005
In the News `Desperate Housewives' to visit `The View' The women at The View will be joined by the five stars of Desperate Housewives during the week of Feb. 7 when the ABC daytime talk show is in Los Angeles. Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross will each join the show for a day, filling in for Meredith Vieira, who will not be making the trip from New York. The show airs at 11 a.m. on WMAR, Channel 2. Directors Guild Awards Michael Moore has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Fahrenheit 9/11, his documentary on President Bush's actions in response to the Sept.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | May 29, 2008
With the continuing dominance of reality TV and an industrywide mandate to keep cutting costs, it is getting harder and harder to find anything positive to report about the state of television drama these days. Except when it comes to the ABC serial Lost, which ends it fourth season with a two-hour episode tonight at 9. Season- enders of Lost are not to be ignored. Reverberations from last year's finale, which concluded with a flash-forward in time that found Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox)
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May 22, 2008
So you're sitting around, totally bored with the same old PC, bored with word processing, bored with spreadsheets, bored with Web browsing, bored with music, bored with news, bored with grainy YouTube videos. Then you realize it's Sunday night, and it strikes you: What you really want to do is watch Desperate Housewives. On your computer. In HD. Well, for a hundred bucks, you can satisfy that high-definition craving with the Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick. Plug this nifty little gadget into a USB port on your computer, hook up an antenna or cable feed to the other end and you're in business - HDTV in a window on your desktop, or full-screen if you prefer.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | December 31, 2007
In the newest version of Bravo's Top Chef, a young player finds herself standing before a sink filled with filthy dishes facing a challenge that could send her packing before she ever sets foot in front of a stove. Will she have the savvy and grit to survive this grimy test? Fans of the red-hot reality show starring Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi won't be able to learn the fate of the wannabe chef by tuning to Bravo on their TV sets. Instead, they'll find the answer only on their cell phones by downloading Top Chef Challenge, the most recent entry in a rapidly expanding field of mobile games based on hit TV shows such as Hannah Montana, Heroes and Desperate Housewives.
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By [ARIA WHITE] | July 5, 2007
What's the point? -- If you like watching daytime soap operas -- or even prime-time soap operas -- this site gives inside information on shows such as All My Children, Desperate Housewives, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives and more. Soap Central gives an inside look at the shows, including spoilers for the next week's episodes and daily recaps of each show. The site also includes up-to-date news on who's leaving what show and who's joining what show. What to look for --Check out the polls for audience opinions on story lines.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,sun television critic | April 29, 2007
As the May TV sweeps period gets under way, ABC's hit Desperate Housewives will attempt to lure new viewers tonight with the well-worn tactic of a catfight between two sexy stars. But over on Fox later this ratings period, fans of Bones will find something new for network TV at the online social networking site MySpace: profiles, complete with fictional video diaries and blogs of suspects and potential victims who will later appear in an episode of the popular crime series. The writers of Bones have created for the show a full-blown companion universe in cyberspace just in time for sweeps, a four-week period during which audience measurements are used to set advertising rates.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | September 13, 2006
Tom and Katie held hands like newlyweds while they watched the Washington Redskins from Daniel Snyder's box Monday night. No sign of the new baby, but it was just as well since Dan doesn't like to compete for attention. Of course, for those of you who don't spend your time in the grocery line flipping through Us and People, I'm referring to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who became young Dan's new best friends when Tom signed a big production contract recently with a company controlled by Snyder.
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September 30, 2004
Last week's question What is your favorite John Waters movie? 9.1 percent Cry-Baby 27.3 percent Hairspray 13.6 percent Pecker 0 percent Pink Flamingos 0 percent Polyester 13.6 percent Serial Mom 0 percent All of his newer stuff 9.1 percent All of his old stuff 27.3 percent I don't like his movies 22 votes Question of the week: Which is the best new TV show this season? Desperate Housewives Father of the Pride Jack & Bobby Joey Kevin Hill Lost Don't watch TV Other Vote at www.baltimoresun.
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By [ARIA WHITE] | July 5, 2007
What's the point? -- If you like watching daytime soap operas -- or even prime-time soap operas -- this site gives inside information on shows such as All My Children, Desperate Housewives, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives and more. Soap Central gives an inside look at the shows, including spoilers for the next week's episodes and daily recaps of each show. The site also includes up-to-date news on who's leaving what show and who's joining what show. What to look for --Check out the polls for audience opinions on story lines.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | August 20, 2006
After years of offering formulaic sitcoms and an overload of crude reality fare, network executives, in an unprecedented about-face, have peppered the new fall TV season with more than a dozen complex, serialized dramas that require viewers to follow complex plot twists and complicated narratives - and even put off the immediate gratification offered by stories that neatly wind up in an hour. Though clearly inspired by the success of Fox's espionage thriller 24 and ABC's survivor series, Lost, the shows reflect how technologies such as those used by TiVo and On Demand cable are driving sweeping changes in how television shows are made and watched.
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By JOANNE OSTROW and JOANNE OSTROW,THE DENVER POST | August 14, 2006
Weeds went to pot early in its first season, and beginning next week, the dark comedy fires up for a second. Here's to a half-hour in the suburban underworld where PTA meetings and city council elections look hilarious from an off-angle. Crime doesn't pay, except in comedy dividends. Without tempting a horde of angry letter writers, please, let's wish this soccer mom and her ganja long life. Even for those who don't inhale, Showtime's quirky series is a guilty pleasure. The show that "puts the herb in suburb," as the slogan says, is fun but not deep.
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