This week we talk about the ladies who lunch and who are still desperate — we head to Wisteria Lane. Then we see what Ashley Judd is up to. We then talk about the latest in all things television.

“Once upon a time in a town called Fairview, there were five ladies who lived in a pretty and colourful cul-de-sac called Wisteria Lane.”

It was 12 years ago (in TV time) we first laid eyes on Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross), Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) and Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong). They were Desperate Housewives.

Twelve years later, which includes a five-year time jump in Season 5, and things have changed for nearly everyone on Wisteria Lane.

Susan is still — well, Susan, Lynette is now separated from Tom (Doug Savant) and has begun to date again. She has a decorating business with newish housewife Renee Perry (Vanessa Williams).

Bree who was once a straightlaced Christian woman, even with drinking issues, is sliding back into alcoholism and finding her sexual self. Instead of having faith in Jesus, she has faith in every man who visits her door.

Gabrielle is dealing with her own dramas with her children, her husband’s visit to rehab, and the cover-up of her stepfather’s murder. Mary Alice is still dead, having killed herself in the first episode, but still overlooks the drama on Wisteria Lane.

Renee Perry, who moved to the Lane to stir things up, is still getting over her divorce. She’s now focusing on the interior design business and her new Aussie love interest, Ben Faulkner, played by the handsome Charles Mesure. The relationship unfortunately ended last week, but he still stays very much in the picture.

Now that Desperate Housewives is in its final season, there will be more twists and turns before the sun sets on Wisteria Lane forever. But before it does, there will be a death and someone will be on trial for something they did not do. More secrets will be revealed.

Desperate Housewives started with a bang. Will it end the same way?

Another show that starts with a bang is Missing, a series about a son who is missing in Europe and a mother who searches for him. You’d think it wouldn’t have enough stories to be a series, but the twist is that Missing is about secrets and lies in the world of the CIA and international conspiracy. It’s full of action and drama which keeps you on the edge of your seat.

What makes this show tick is Ashley Judd. She’s a great actress and is compelling. She plays Rebecca (Becca) Winstone. There is so much at stake with Rebecca. You do feel sorry for her. She doesn’t want to lose the one thing in her life that means something. However, she does have a past, which comes back to bite her.

Missing will have you hooked in the first 10 minutes.

Last week on Glee, it was all about Whitney Houston. It was a tribute episode that also acknowledged that some of the ‘older’ characters will soon leave William McKinley High School.

Glee has been on air for only three seasons, but it feels longer. We have seen the characters go through themes of homophobia, lesbianism, racism, sexism, adoption, religion, body image, obsessive compulsive disorder, and love.

The ‘Whitney’ episode was fun and you can tell there is an ending in sight for Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Finn (Cory Monteith) and Santana (Naya Rivera), as they go to college or try to find a career on Broadway.

However, Glee’s producers have said the foursome will return for season four. It will be a “groundbreaking” season apparently. There are five more episodes until season three ends. After that, there will be re-runs until spring.

As many US shows are ending their seasonal runs in May, some US shows screening in Australia still have many more episodes to go.

There is one show that may be halfway through its first season, but it’s at the starting point of its climax — Revenge. It has only 11 episodes to go, but everything will now start to unravel even faster. With all this excitement, Channel Seven will air two episodes this week, instead of one. I wonder if it’s because Emily VanCamp (Emily) and Joshua Bowman (Daniel) are in Australia.

Celebrity Apprentice, the show that gives ‘celebrities’ the chance to give to their favourite charities, is in full swing. This show is enjoyable, even if it does have the word ‘celebrity’ in the title. Last week Tania Zaetta was shown the door, but before that, ‘The Hoff’ made his exit because of “family duties in LA”. It looked suspicious, as he went straight after his bombshell announcement. Couldn’t he just have waited another 10 minutes or so until he was going to be fired anyway?

It’s a pity Tania was ‘fired’. She was entertaining, especially the conflict between her and both Lauryn Eagle and Charlotte Dawson. Tania did have that evil look at times. But to be fair, she did well for her charity.

I hope Channel Nine knows that once Charlotte Dawson is shown the door, I may stop watching.

INFO:
Missing, Tuesday, 9.30pm, Channel Seven
Desperate Housewives, Thursday, 10pm, Channel Seven
Glee, Thursday, 7.30pm, Channel Ten
Revenge, Monday and Wednesday, 8.30pm, Channel Seven
Celebrity Apprentice, Wednesday and Thursday, 8pm, Channel Nine

By TIMOTHY CONNELL

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