'Desperate Housewives' Spin-off in the Works?
'Desperate Housewives' Spin-off in the Works?
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Alongside spoiling to viewers of The View that his sociopath character Dave Williams would die on the Desperate Housewives finale, Neal McDonough also confirmed rumors of a Desperate Housewives spin-off, saying they're "seriously talking" about it, featuring Karen McCluskey, played by Kathryn Joosten and her sister Roberta, played by Lily Tomlin, who returned to Wisteria Lane on last night's finale.

A rep for ABC, however, has denied the news, saying "there's no truth to the spin-off rumor."

The New York Post first broke the news last week, implying that the spin-off idea might be a modern-day Golden Girls. Joosten and Tomlin are reportedly in talks to reprise their roles as scheming sisters on their own series.

"Kathy's won two Emmys for the character and Lily's such a joy to watch, she's phenomenal, so I'd watch that show in a heartbeat," McDonough said. "I don't know too much about it but I know they're seriously talking about it and I think it would be a fun show to watch every week."

"[Creator Marc] Cherry clearly knows how to write for these two actresses," says a source close to the production. "And we would love to have him involved."

Joosten, 69, won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2008 both for Desperate Housewives. She achieved mainstream popularity after playing White House presidential secretary Mrs. Landingham on NBC's West Wing since 2004.  Tomlin replaced Joosten as the presidential secretary after Landingham was killed off.

Back on Desperate Housewives in season 5, Joosten's character called her sister Roberta to come to Fairview Memorial Hospital because they were determined to unravel the mystery surrounding Dave.   Thanks to insurance claims and telephone records, the two found out that he was psychotic and contacted his doctor who moves to Fairview after Karen and Roberta told them that he lives there now.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: New York Post, Los Angeles Times
(Image courtesy of ABC)