Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Desperate Housewives

I was not sure if the show ran its course because of Eva Longoria parading in her lingerie or was it because of a very sleazy looking Teri Hatcher. I am surprised that she was even the highest paid actor on the show.

However, two women shine through this series; starting with the supremely talented Kathryn Joosten. Her acting stint started in her 40s and she went on to win two awards for an Outstanding Guest Actor in a comedy series for her portrayal of the cranky neighbor with a heart of gold in Wisteria Lane. She died of lung cancer recently and her character in the series was also killed due to the disease. She was one of the most outspoken women on lung cancer and chose to portray it on the show.

Felicity Huffman steals the show as the harrowed housewife who gives up her high flying advertising career to take care of her four kids. Her natural, sincere portrayal of her character, makes her a talent to reckon with, than her other lead counterparts. Her voice also carries through beautifully, with a strong, maybe masculine tinge to it. 

The concept of the show itself was very interesting. Created by Marc Cherry, it follows the lives of four women on the beautiful suburbs of Wisteria Lane, narrated through the voice of their dead neighbor. The narrative and the summary ties each episode into a perfect package. It binds that element of drama, mystery, irony, hopes and fears that run through each family behind all the facade.

But for Felicity and Kathryn, I don't think I could have watched this show.

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