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Eva Longoria joins 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' for three episodes

A Desperate woman is coming to Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Fox announced today that Desperate Housewives vet Eva Longoria will guest-star on Andy Samberg’s cop comedy this season. Appearing in three episodes, Longoria will play a defense attorney named Sophia who draws the attention of Jake (Samberg) when she squares off with him in court. Jake, of course, was last seen confessing romantic feelings to Amy (Melissa Fumero) as he headed undercover with the FBI, so there’s that complication as well. READ FULL STORY

'Desperate Housewives' alum to visit 'Rizzoli & Isles' -- EXCLUSIVE

Tom Scavo is coming to Rizzoli & Isles! Well, sort of.

Desperate Housewives alum Doug Savant is set to guest star on the upcoming fourth season of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, which stars Angie Harmon as Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Maura Isles.

Savant, best-known for his work on the ABC soap and Melrose Place, will play Roger Thorson, a mock trial adviser whose colleague dies suddenly during a competition. His episode is tentatively set to air in early September.

The new season of Rizzoli & Isles begins June 25 at 9 p.m.

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Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' comes to Lifetime this summer

The man behind Desperate Housewives, Marc Cherry, is coming out with a juicy new show this summer on Lifetime! Devious Maids, based on the telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, will premiere on Lifetime June 23 at 10 p.m. ET. The show tells the ”upstairs-downstairs” story of a group of maids ”as clever, witty, outrageous and downright devilish as their employers.” Housewives‘ star Eva Longoria is also one of the show’s executive producer.

Two teases of the intrigue to expect: In the pilot, a maid is found murdered at a large society event. Also, Scrubs‘ Judy Reyes is the maid for… wait for it… All My Children’s Susan Lucci, whose character’s name is… wait for it… Genevieve Delatour. Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz, Without a Trace‘s Roselyn Sanchez, Livin’ Loud‘s Edy Ganem, and Heroes‘ Dania Ramirez also star.

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Nicollette Sheridan's 'Desperate Housewives' appeal denied

More bummer news for former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan: The actress’ appeal to the California Supreme Court regarding to her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC was denied.

The response on Friday by the judge was brief, according to DeadlineThree months ago, Sheridan’s petition for a new hearing was given a thumbs-down by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal.

Sheridan first filed a lawsuit in April 2010 that claimed she was fired after complaining that series creator Marc Cherry hit her during an on-set argument. It ended in a mistrial last March.

Housewives concluded its eight-season run earlier this year.

'Desperate Housewives' DVD release: Sneak a peek at two deleted scenes from the final season -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Desperate Housewives has been off the air since May, but the Wisteria Lane drama isn’t quite over. No, Nicollette Sheridan hasn’t landed her retrial, but ABC is venturing back to Fairview with the DVD releases of Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season, as well as Desperate Housewives: The Complete Collection. As usual, the DVDs feature a bevy of extras — featurettes about the show’s deaths and goodbyes and a blooper real, for starters. And then, of course, there’s the deleted scenes, two of which EW has exclusively here as a preview for you.

The first scene is a funny interaction between neurotic queen Bree (Marcia Cross) and detective boyfriend Chuck (Jonathan Cake), after he smells something funny and wants to check the trunk of the car they’re driving to see what could be producing such a bad odor. As you might remember from this past final season, Bree spent much of her time hiding the dead body of Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) abusive stepfather. The situation leads to pretty typical Bree-esque tactics, but in the end, it’s funny. The second scene is a bit more emotionally touching and comes from the series finale — it’s the moment when Susan (Teri Hatcher) tells her girlfriends from the Lane that she’s moving away for good in the wake of Mike’s (James Denton) death. It’s actually hard to believe this moving scene didn’t make the episode.

Both DVD sets are available next Tuesday, Sept. 25, but until then, enjoy two of the deleted scenes from Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season here now:


Court: 'Desperate Housewives' star Sheridan wasn't fired

Nicollette Sheridan was not wrongfully fired from Desperate Housewives, an appeals court ruled Thursday, but the actress should be allowed to pursue claims that she was retaliated against for complaining that the show’s creator struck her.

A three justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with attorneys for ABC and Touchstone Television that Sheridan’s contract was not renewed after the show’s fifth season and that barred the actress from receiving a new trial on her wrongful termination lawsuit.

Kathryn Joosten, 'Desperate Housewives' and 'West Wing' star, dies at 72

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 “But we’re going to handle it and move forward.”

'Desperate Housewives': After that heart-wrenching finale, what's next for Mrs. McCluskey actress Kathryn Joosten?

As my colleague Mandi Bierly wrote in her recap of Sunday’s series finale of ABC’s long-running soap Desperate Housewives, Kathryn Joosten’s Mrs. McCluskey “was the real heart” of the episode.

Besides possibly nabbing herself a fourth Emmy nomination (and a third win) for playing the cantankerous Wisteria Lane neighbor for eight seasons, the big question for Joosten is: Where does she go from here? EW recently sat down with the 72-year-old actress to discuss how her ending came together on Desperate Housewives; why she’ll likely never work with West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin again; her own fight with lung cancer; what’s next for her; and much more.

Right from the outset of the meeting, Joosten reminds us that Desperate creator Marc Cherry said he’d never kill her off the show when she first accepted the role. “He promised that right from the beginning,” Joosten says. “I just had come off The West Wing, where I got killed off. Then I got a soap opera where I got hung, you know? And then I was the first death for Zach [Braff] on Scrubs. I was his first death. So I had three deaths in a row. So when I got to Desperate Housewives, I said jokingly to Marc, ‘You can’t kill me off!’ Marc made the mistake of saying he wouldn’t kill me off. But then I made him repeat it again in public! I kept pushing on it, because it was like, What are they going to do with me? So it became, then he was committed. What are they going to do with me?”


'Survivor' finale lowest-rated ever


Colton may have seemed like an awful human being, but he was right about one thing: Survivor did get dull after he left the show.

The Survivor: One World finale (10.2 million viewers, 2.8 adults 18-49 rating) was down a steep 30 percent from last spring’s closer to rank as the show’s lowest-rated finale ever (but, hey, at least the right person won). The reunion show (8.1 million, 2.4) was also the lowest-rated ever.

But hey, here’s some good news in the ratings! ABC’s Once Upon a Time’s (9.4 million, 3.2) first season finale was up 7 percent this week. Congrats to ABC for launching a solid hit drama this season to help replace the departing Desperate Housewives. Speaking of, the two-hour Housewives series finale (11.1 million, 3.2) was up 19 percent this week. We salute the departing ladies of Wisteria Lane.

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'Desperate Housewives' series finale: A 'deathbed confession' by Mrs. McCluskey?

What will happen on Sunday’s series finale of ABC’s long-running soap Desperate Housewives? No one really knows, since the minds behind the show haven’t let any details slip. But sources tell us that you’ll definitely need to have a box of Kleenex handy to get through the two-hour episode.

However, in an effort to glean what we could about what’s coming on Desperate, EW recently sat down with series supporting star Kathryn Joosten, who nabbed two Emmys over her eight seasons of playing Wisteria Lane’s lovably cranky Mrs. McCluskey.

And Joosten, well, she likes to dish — or at least she likes to tease. “What I can say is that I’m diagnosed by my physician with terminal cancer. Terminal cancer. Therefore, down the line, I…,” she says, trailing off.

Will Mrs. McCluskey die on Sunday’s outing? That seems like a good possibility, especially considering what else Joosten told us about the finale. “There’s no great shock value, but there is a tremendous amount of heart and resolution for Mrs. McCluskey and Roy.”

Then she adds: “And there’s a deathbed confession.”

Joosten wouldn’t go into more detail than that. But could viewers possibly guess what it is? “Not at all! It’s out of the blue, and fans are going to go, ‘What?!'”

Check back here on on Monday morning for more with Kathryn Joosten.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

Teri Hatcher finds first post-'Housewives' gig on 'Jane by Design'

Teri Hatcher is staying in the ABC family for her first post-Desperate Housewives gig and heading to — ABC Family.

The actress has landed a recurring role on Jane by Design, the network’s drama series about a high schooler plunged into the professional fashion world. She will play the long-lost mother of title character Jane (Erica Dasher) in the show’s upcoming second season, which kicks off June 5. The network also announced today that Hatcher is set to direct an episode.

The Desperate Housewives series finale airs May 13. Hatcher’s first of at least four appearances on Jane by Design will air June 19.

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Date set for Nicollette Sheridan's 'Desperate Housewives' retrial

Nicollette Sheridan will have yet another day in court: The same judge who declared a mistrial in her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC and ABC Studios last month said today that a retrial of her case will begin in Los Angeles on Sept. 10. The trial is expected to take 12 days.

The original trial ended March 19 with the jury split eight-to-four in favor of the actress, who claimed that her Desperate Housewives character Edie Britt was killed off the show in 2009 after she complained about an incident where she claims to have been hit on the head by executive producer and show creator Marc Cherry. (Cases like this require nine jury members to agree on a decision.) The suit originally included Cherry as a defendant on a charge of battery, but that was dropped when the judge said it didn’t meet the workman’s compensation benchmark that applies to such matters.

The original trial saw testimony from Sheridan and Cherry, of course, as well as folks like star James Denton, Cherry’s producing partner Sabrina Wind, former ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson, and former ABC Studios honcho Mark Pedowitz. The retrial will likely see several of the same people — including Cherry, even though he isn’t a defendant any longer — take the stand yet again.

The two-hour series finale of Desperate Housewives airs May 13, but the trial ensures that the drama from Wisteria Lane will continue to unfold well into the fall.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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