Saturday, September 23, 2006
Everybody loves a good comeback story. I just find it hard to believe that a show can go from major phenomenon to major backlash to major comeback (all in the course of 2 years and a month)....that seems to be the going story for ABC's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. Granted, I have not seen the new third season yet, but critics, show-runners and general buzz has it known that this season is a return to form for the ABC ratings darling. Personally, I enjoyed season 2 and felt the backlash was blown way out of proportion. True, it didn't come anywhere near the fabulousness of season 1, but it was still entertaining (with a wicked second half and an enjoyable payoff ending to the Alfre Woodard storyline). It takes most series (and I am referring those lucky enough to make it to syndication-worthy fourth seasons) a year or two to catch on, a year or two to "peak" in ratings and popularity, a year or two to start getting stale (aka, backlash), and then -if they are lucky enough- a year or two to come back for some ratings glory before disappearing entirely (ahem, WEST WING). For DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES to go to critical hell and back within the course of 2 years (and a month!) is sweet, indeed! It also doesn't hurt that I LOVE the ladies of Wisteria Lane!