Not Desperate Housewives!

Despite what you might think from my blog so far, there are really very, very few TV shows I watch religiously. Most of the shows I do watch religiously are ones that have been long canceled…Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Seinfeld, Friends, Sex & the City, My So-Called Life, and many of the old sitcoms they rerun all over the place. I guess I’m an old fart in that I can not get into any of these reality shows or reality type shows and prefer my television to have a story and script. Of course there are exceptions for shows like Colbert, Daily Show & Olbermann and some news type programs.

Anyway, one of those few shows I still watch religiously is Desperate Housewives. I know the show has lost fans over the years, but I think it’s still really well done, has great quirky story lines and fantastically developed characters. And in the Darren Star (and the late Aaron Spelling) tradition, you really get some nutty characters and great cliffhangers. Ugly Betty does a great job with this too, but Desperate Housewives does more to fuel my need for fluff.

I always like surprising people by saying I love shows like Melrose Place,
Dawson’s Creek and 90210. Since I think so much during my regular day, shows like this really do a great job sucking me in and distracting me from everything else I’m dealing with since they have such intricate stories. The Office is funny and does have tiny bits of drama thrown in, but, obviously, not to the extent of DH.

So I was disappointed when I saw this headline on Yahoo! today:

Housewives Saying Goodbye to Wisteria Lane.
“I’ve made the decision that after seven years I will probably keel over in a hump,” Cherry explained. “I love my baby, I love working with these gals, but the idea of letting anyone else take the show from me kind of makes me sad and sick to my stomach…I’m going to take it for seven years, and we’re going to get out while people still like us.”

I’m guessing he’s trying to pull an act like Seinfeld with DH, which I do think makes some sense. Right now I’m up to season 9 of 90210 on the Soap Network and, really, as much as I love the show, they really did drag it out too much by the end. 90210 without any of the Walshes doesn’t really make sense since, really, the initial premise of the show was about Brenda & Brandon trying to acclimate to life in Beverly Hills. I know there were lots of Brenda fans that jumped ship when she left, but the Brandon character still made the show valid.

So, there will be 3 more seasons of Desperate Housewives. Of all the ladies, I really hope that Marcia Cross keeps working after the show’s over. Her character has been one of my favorite parts of the show from the beginning. Cross always plays such a good, insane person.

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Melrose Place

Last week I went to the library and got 5 discs from season 1 of Melrose Place. I was/am a fan of 90210 and look forward to watching the reruns on SoapNet every day. That still may be considered a guilty pleasure, but I really don’t care. Aaron Spelling did a great job with the stories, casting and everything else. Growing up I wasn’t allowed to watch 90210 or such shows so it’s nice watching it now.

So, along that line, I never watched Melrose Place, but I know that many actors and actresses I know from other shows now got their start on Melrose Place. So…I took it out hoping to get an idea what the show was about and leave it at that. But, of course, now I’m addicted and can’t wait to watch the whole series and see what happens with all these characters. I really love Andrew Shue’s character and am sorta sad that he’s just doing cheesy Lifetime movies these days. On Desperate Housewives I can’t stand Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, but I love him on here and am now warmed up more to him on DH. So…now I’m waiting for Marcia Cross to appear. I have enjoyed everything else I have seen her in so I’m curious to see what her character on here is like. And of course I can’t wait to see Kristin Davis.

People that know me are probably surprised I get hooked on such fluff shows, but with all the thinking I do during the rest of the day I’m happy to rest my head with nonsense that doesn’t offend me like most reality shows do.