[This is probably the only thing about Desperate Housewives that I or anyone else will ever post here, but I thought this was interesting:]
"Yep, you heard me, I'm actually doing something unheard of in Hollywood. I'm giving credit where credit is due," says Desperate Housewives creator/writer Marc Cherry in a sidebar feature attached to the cover featured article on his series in the 9-29/10-5-08 issue of TV Guide.
Cherry states "I heard that Lost had done some sort of flash-forward. Everyone on my staff was talking about it. The critics were rapturous. the fans were apparently ecstatic. This left me jealous and intrigued. I wasn't sure exactly what they'd done... but I got the brilliance of it."
Cherry admits he doesn't watch Lost, partly because he's busy running his own series, partly because if it's as good as he's heard, he'd be jealous. (No "if" about it - it is and he would be.)
Cherry wanted to get away from the overblown operatic melodrama and convoluted plot lines and complex character relationships of the last few seasons and return his series to the fresh simplicity and newness of it's hit premiere season. His first thought was to jump ahead ten years but he realized the female stars of his show would not respond well to being told to wear gray wigs and age make-up. So he settled on a five year leap instead. Cherry goes on to mention some specific alterations - rather redundantly, since that was the topic of the feature article.
He concludes by saying he hopes the changes will pay off for the shows fans. Then he remarks, rather tongue-in-cheek, that if anyone "tunes in to our season premiere and isn't absolutely thrilled... send your complaints to Damon Lindelhof and Carlton Cuse." After all, it was their idea.
(The new season of Desperate Housewives debuts this Sunday, 9/28/08 at 9:00 pm est.)