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Felicity Huffman: Killer Housewife.
The former Desperate Housewives star — who was pursued by multiple networks this development season — has inked a deal to headline Boomerang, Fox’s drama pilot about a family of hired guns, TVLine has learned.
The project, from ER and Shameless vet John Wells, focuses on the usual, everyday drama surrounding a family business — except this family is in the business of executing hits as assassins for the U.S. government.
Huffman will play the clan’s matriarch Margie Hamilton, a briskly professional assassin who can kill and dispose of a suspected terrorist in the afternoon — then switch to wife and mother mode without a hitch.
Davey Holmes (Pushing Daisies, Awake) penned the script and Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) is set to direct. Both will also serve as EPs alongside Wells and Andrew Stearn (Shameless).
Boomerang marks Huffman’s first major TV endeavor since Housewives came to an end last year.
A HUGE congratulations to Felicity! We’re all incredibly excited about this project and cannot wait to see it.
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Brenda Strong received her second consecutive Emmy nomination Thursday (July 19) for her work on “Desperate Housewives,” and since the show has now ended, she says it’s “bittersweet.”
“More sweet than bitter, for sure,” Strong, who now stars on TNT’s “Dallas,” tells Zap2it of her nomination for outstanding voice-over performance for narrating the long-running ABC series. “Had I been honored in the beginning, the first two years, it wouldn’t be the same. Having it come at the end makes it feel so much more important and special, because I know it’s over.”
She’s also thrilled that her co-star Kathryn Joosten, who died in June, was nominated a final time. Joosten won two guest-acting Emmys on “Desperate Housewives” but got her first nomination in the supporting actress category on Thursday.
“She was so special,” Strong says of Joosten. “… She loved her work so much — that was her driving force. She loved being an actress. [During filming of the series finale] we were hugging, and she looked at me and said, ‘Will you vote for me?’ I said, ‘Kathy, of course I’ll vote for you.’”
Strong appeared on-camera as Mary Alice Young in the “Desperate Housewives” finale in addition to narrating, and she was on set when the final scene filmed. “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” she says. “We all sat around the kitchen table with [creator] Marc [Cherry] and reminisced. It was very special.”
The voice-over Emmy is part of the Creative Arts ceremony on Sept. 15; the Primetime Emmys will air on ABC on Sept. 23.
Congratulations Brenda! I know that all of this Housewives Emmy love has been making me all weepy.
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We’re saddened to announce that earlier today Kathryn Joosten, who played Karen McCluskey has passed away. She was 72. As we said on Twitter, she was a light in our life and a joy in our hearts for the last eight years and we will never forget her. And we say thank you to Kathryn for all of the wonderful moments we had with her.
Entertainment Weekly had this to say:
Kathryn Joosten, the Emmy-winning actress best known as the irascible Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives and President Bartlet’s trusty secretary Mrs. Landingham on The West Wing, died Friday, June 1, of lung cancer. She was 72.
Joosten’s memorable roles on the two Emmy-winning dramas — she played the no-nonsense Dolores Landingham on Wing for three seasons and became a series regular on Housewives in 2004 — were particularly significant because of her late entry into Hollywood. The star, who working as a psychiatric nurse in Illinois and living with her husband and two sons, decided to follow her lifelong dream of acting after her marriage broke up in 1980. She took classes from Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre and landed bit parts in community stage productions, and then Joosten — who moved to Los Angeles in 1995 — slowly began scoring small TV roles on shows like Family Matters, Roseanne and NYPD Blue. It was The West Wing, though, that solidified her spot as a beloved character actress. While she didn’t have a large role, Joosten was so beloved that when Sorkin killed Mrs. Landingham off in a fatal off-screen collision with a drunk driver, a California state assemblyman delivered a tribute to her character and called her “a great American.”
While political praise was nice, Joosten’s move to Wisteria Lane finally got her the industry accolades she deserved. Her Mrs. McCluskey got to utter some of the dramedy’s best lines (“We going for drinks or mammograms?” she once said to Nicollette Sheridan’s Edie, after giving her clevage-baring outfit a once-over), and earned Joosten the Outstanding Guest Actress Emmy in 2005 and 2008. The star — a former smoker who first battled lung cancer in 2001 — was preparing for her fifth season of Housewives when she got the news in August 2009 that her cancer had returned. “I’ve got a little hang up here,” she told People.com. “But we’re going to handle it and move forward.”
As these last few weeks close in on us I know that I’ve been spending a lot of time looking back at these last 8 years and wondering to myself what I’ll do after we leave this beloved fictional street for the last time, each of us packing our own little Housewives bag filled with joy, new friends and a little bit of mystery. Through thick and thin Wisteria Lane has been our home Sunday night’s and each of us has taken with us new life lessons and outlooks because of our favorite characters and storylines.
We’ve made friends and lost friends, we’ve loved and have been loved in return, we’ve each been a Mary Alice or a Susan and at the end of the day we all find we’ve have One Wonderful Day. So I ask, to you the fans who have been here with me for so long: What are you all taking with you when you leave Wisteria Lane for the last time? What lessons have you learned, what character you’ve loved and what is the biggest thing you will miss about Desperate Housewives when it’s gone?
This is one of the last magazine issues with a large spread for the show and thinking about that spurred this post. It’s emotional. Reading this magazine you feel very sad and it really hits you that it’s the end. So enjoy it because it’s one of the last one’s we’re getting.
Thanks to JoshBowmanFan.com for the scans!
Goodbye Girls. We will miss you.