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Dana Marcy
Apr 12th, 2005, 11:41 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wisteria Lane is getting a little more colorful.

Alfre Woodard is joining the cast of the ABC hit "Desperate Housewives."

Variety reports that Woodard has signed a contract to appear on the show. Her first appearance will be in the final episode of the current season before continuing as a regular this fall.

Variety says she will play a seemingly normal woman who moves into the cul-de-sac with her son.

It is Woodard's first TV gig since her work in the medical drama "St. Elsewhere."

Dana Marcy
Apr 12th, 2005, 11:42 PM
This is exciting and now I will definitely watch the show more now that Alfre will be on it. :D

moon
Apr 13th, 2005, 01:48 AM
This is exciting and now I will definitely watch the show more now that Alfre will be on it. :D

great news :)
I was just telling a friend of mine, that I felt the show was getting better. Now this confirms it.

Dana Marcy
Apr 13th, 2005, 11:10 PM
great news :)
I was just telling a friend of mine, that I felt the show was getting better. Now this confirms it.

Oh I agree wiht you! Alfre is quirky so she'll fit right in and the houswives better watch because Alfre can act her butt off and will make mince meat of Teri Hatcher's and Eva Longoria's lightweight performances. :angel: ;)

harloo
Apr 13th, 2005, 11:56 PM
Good for Alfre, I will have to check Desperate Housewives out because I don't see what the big rave really is, but I guess that has to do with me being male.;)

tennisIlove09
Apr 14th, 2005, 12:03 AM
Good for Alfre, I will have to check Desperate Housewives out because I don't see what the big rave really is, but I guess that has to do with me being male.;)

:tape: is male and loves DH

CC
Apr 14th, 2005, 04:44 AM
Two comments:

I was listening to one of my fave radio stations this morn, and they announced that Alfre was joining the cast and one guy goes, "That show really needed some color apart from Gabby and Carlos." Then he added sarcastically, "Is she going to play a maid?" And then the girl who was reading the article says, "She will be a single mom who moves into the neighborhood." The guy laughs and says, "Of course, a single mom, because black men don't stick around." It was so on point.

On Wendy's show in the afternoon they were wondering why they couldn't have chosen a sexy, better looking black actress.

Scotso
Apr 14th, 2005, 04:45 AM
I love her, she's a great actress.

SelesFan70
Apr 14th, 2005, 05:14 AM
I love Alfre! I still remember vividly her performance on "L.A. Law" in the very first episode as a rape victim! :worship: I also enjoyed her performance in the "Star Trek: First Contact" movie. :hearts: And most anything she's ever done has been good.

Maybe she'll play a bisexual woman and she and Eva Longoria can get it on with the gardener joining in! :devil: Although I must admit I haven't watched in months. It's just "Sex and The City" repackaged if you ask me, and "Sex and The City" was just about gay men...just had women playing the parts. Trust me! ;)

Cariaoke
Apr 14th, 2005, 01:16 PM
@ CC, I agree with the single mother angle but more attractive? I guess Felicity Huffman is a supermodel. Nicolette isn't looking so hot either.

selesfan1
Apr 14th, 2005, 02:48 PM
Go, Oklahomans

nicky
Apr 14th, 2005, 04:28 PM
"She will be a single mom who moves into the neighborhood." The guy laughs and says, "Of course, a single mom, because black men don't stick around." It was so on point.
Well, Susan is divorced, Bree is divorcing, Gabrielle is sleeping around...it's not as if they make the black woman the only "single mom" is it? :shrug: Sometimes I think people really make too much of such things ;) :)


On Wendy's show in the afternoon they were wondering why they couldn't have chosen a sexy, better looking black actress.
I don't know what Alfre looks like (although I should, I was a huge fan of St.Elsewhere :) ) but why does it always have to be sexy good looking actresses to play "ordinary" people? Can't somebody "normal looking" make a credible character? :angel:

harloo
Apr 14th, 2005, 04:29 PM
Two comments:

I was listening to one of my fave radio stations this morn, and they announced that Alfre was joining the cast and one guy goes, "That show really needed some color apart from Gabby and Carlos." Then he added sarcastically, "Is she going to play a maid?" And then the girl who was reading the article says, "She will be a single mom who moves into the neighborhood." The guy laughs and says, "Of course, a single mom, because black men don't stick around." It was so on point.

On Wendy's show in the afternoon they were wondering why they couldn't have chosen a sexy, better looking black actress.

I didn't want to take it here, but you make some great points. I haven't really saw the show, but I know it's about sexy white women. I wonder why they didn't go for a more "sexy" black actress. Makes me wonder, but Alfre is a great actress and she's pretty so hopefully they don't make her to be the black sidekick with no love life on the show:tape: .

CC
Apr 14th, 2005, 06:49 PM
Well, Susan is divorced, Bree is divorcing, Gabrielle is sleeping around...it's not as if they make the black woman the only "single mom" is it? :shrug: Sometimes I think people really make too much of such things ;) :)


I don't know what Alfre looks like (although I should, I was a huge fan of St.Elsewhere :) ) but why does it always have to be sexy good looking actresses to play "ordinary" people? Can't somebody "normal looking" make a credible character? :angel:

I think it's just commentary on the treatment of black people in the TV/Film industry: It is not exclusively like this, where the directors/creators of these shows find it easier to develop characters that play to the stereotypes already in people's heads, but honestly, you rarely get to see characters with substance and multi-dimensions. Or even black characters who depict universal themes and emotions like other races/ethnicities.

kabuki
Apr 14th, 2005, 06:55 PM
Where's the Asian Housewife? :( :( :(

CC
Apr 14th, 2005, 06:56 PM
@ CC, I agree with the single mother angle but more attractive? I guess Felicity Huffman is a supermodel. Nicolette isn't looking so hot either.

I know, but

Nicoltte is all sexed up and Felicity is fairly attractive. I guess you could say Alfre is fairly attractive too, but I just don't think of her as a little hot number. And considering that the show is sexy, tame network TV sexy, but sexy nonetheless, I just think they could have gone for someone with a little more ...

To add, we don't even know her storyline in detail anyway, so we shouldn't make assumptions or start complaining just yet, but I'm just saying.

CC
Apr 14th, 2005, 07:00 PM
I didn't want to take it here, but you make some great points. I haven't really saw the show, but I know it's about sexy white women. I wonder why they didn't go for a more "sexy" black actress. Makes me wonder, but Alfre is a great actress and she's pretty so hopefully they don't make her to be the black sidekick with no love life on the show:tape: .

Yah, kind of like an insignificant character in the whole production, but putting her there just to have her there. I really really hope it's not like this, which would be a real shame. I actually like this show a lot. Let's just wait and see. :tape:

Aquanetta
Apr 14th, 2005, 07:02 PM
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I know, but

Nicoltte is all sexed up and Felicity is fairly attractive. I guess you could say Alfre is fairly attractive too, but I just don't think of her as a little hot number. And considering that the show is sexy, tame network TV sexy, but sexy nonetheless, I just think they could have gone for someone with a little more ...

To add, we don't even know her storyline in detail anyway, so we shouldn't make assumptions or start complaining just yet, but I'm just saying.

Episode 1.22: Title Unknown (Season Finale)
Airdate: May 22, 2005

04/12 - Alfre Woodard is cast in the role of the mother described below. Source: TVGuide
03/21 - A new boy comes to live on the block with his mother. They moved there because there was an altercation between him and some girl. He's invited to a party but his mom won't let him go. Source: SpoilerFix.com
03/21 - Sources have provided extra information on some new neighbors, possibly the same people who were recently reported to be moving into Wisteria Lane soon, and who were said to be involved in the show's mystery. Apparently, they are a deeply religious family, who had to move after the teen son made some horrible mistake. Now, his mother has grown so protective she's hardly allowing him to go out of the house, and is stifling him with her many rules on how to live a proper life. Source: Get Desperate!

apoet29
Apr 14th, 2005, 07:11 PM
I think it's just commentary on the treatment of black people in the TV/Film industry: It is not exclusively like this, where the directors/creators of these shows find it easier to develop characters that play to the stereotypes already in people's heads, but honestly, you rarely get to see characters with substance and multi-dimensions. Or even black characters who depict universal themes and emotions like other races/ethnicities.

Yes, but it is not just African-Americans who get this type of treatment. I believe that Hollywood casts actors based completely on stereotypes despite their race or ethnicity. If you really look at the show, all of the women are stereotypes in one form or another. Susan is the ditzy, adorable klutz who can't fend for herself. Lynette is the overworked, angry mom. Bree is the severe, judgmental bitch. Edie is the slut. Gabrielle is the hot, sassy, cheating Latino babe. Yet, the characters are used to tell interesting stories in provocative ways. I love Alfre Woodard. She is a great actress and she will bring a lot to this cast.

CC
Apr 14th, 2005, 07:27 PM
Yes, but it is not just African-Americans who get this type of treatment. I believe that Hollywood casts actors based completely on stereotypes despite their race or ethnicity. If you really look at the show, all of the women are stereotypes in one form or another. Susan is the ditzy, adorable klutz who can't fend for herself. Lynette is the overworked, angry mom. Bree is the severe, judgmental bitch. Edie is the slut. Gabrielle is the hot, sassy, cheating Latino babe. Yet, the characters are used to tell interesting stories in provocative ways. I love Alfre Woodard. She is a great actress and she will bring a lot to this cast.

I would define that more as "cliche characters," sort of formulaic production. They do this because if it's done well enough, it still works, even though we've seen characters like these a thousand times over.

Dana Marcy
Apr 14th, 2005, 10:26 PM
Two comments:

I was listening to one of my fave radio stations this morn, and they announced that Alfre was joining the cast and one guy goes, "That show really needed some color apart from Gabby and Carlos." Then he added sarcastically, "Is she going to play a maid?" And then the girl who was reading the article says, "She will be a single mom who moves into the neighborhood." The guy laughs and says, "Of course, a single mom, because black men don't stick around." It was so on point.

The reason she doesn't have a black husband is because that would be one too many blacks for this show. :shrug:

On Wendy's show in the afternoon they were wondering why they couldn't have chosen a sexy, better looking black actress.

The reason for that is that there is no way are they going to let the "new chick" come in and steal the show. Trust me there was no way a Halle Berry type sista was going to be cast.

Dana Marcy
Apr 14th, 2005, 10:28 PM
Well, Susan is divorced, Bree is divorcing, Gabrielle is sleeping around...it's not as if they make the black woman the only "single mom" is it? :shrug: Sometimes I think people really make too much of such things ;) :)


And some people often turn the other way when they see an injustice. ;) :)

Dana Marcy
Apr 14th, 2005, 10:30 PM
I think it's just commentary on the treatment of black people in the TV/Film industry: It is not exclusively like this, where the directors/creators of these shows find it easier to develop characters that play to the stereotypes already in people's heads, but honestly, you rarely get to see characters with substance and multi-dimensions. Or even black characters who depict universal themes and emotions like other races/ethnicities.

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

A lot of people, even ones with the cleanest of hearts, take this for granted.

apoet29
Apr 14th, 2005, 11:00 PM
The reason for that is that there is no way are they going to let the "new chick" come in and steal the show. Trust me there was no way a Halle Berry type sista was going to be cast.

Why do people keep going on about Woodard's look not being sexy enough? Is Felicity Huffman sexy? Is Nicolette Sheridan sexy? Is Teri Hatcher sexy? All of this is objective, depending on the viewer. I know plenty of men who don't find Hatcher or Sheridan sexy at all. And let's be honest here, Felicity Huffman is a good actress, but In fact, the only cast member that people agree is sexy is Eva Langoria who has the advantage of youth on her side.

In fact, if you look at the new cast members who have been added, such as Kathryn Joosten and Leslie Anna Warren, are not babes by any stretch.

By adding Woodard, they actually bring in an actress who can bring some dignity to her part. That's all anyone should care about.

CC
Apr 15th, 2005, 01:49 AM
You don't get the point I'm trying to make or you're dancing around it. Gabrielle is Hispanic and she is hot and sexy. Nicolette et al are all white actresses, i.e., they are the norm and yes, their characters ARE sexy. But it is not necessary to make every single white character [I'm not just speaking in terms of DH here] sexy and over-the-top or whatever to get ratings and attention. Why? Because they are the norm; the majority. For every black character, there's fifty white characters to the point that we don't even see their skin color. And when we see them on screen we see them as the roles they play, the people they are supposed to be. We see diverse, complicated characters.

I don't mean to beat a dead horse or play victim. I was simply trying to make the point that they are introducing one black character into a show full of a predominantly non-black cast and it already feels like they're starting off in a very lazy way with the character. Now as I have said, I am jumping the gun here, but I'm just commenting on first impressions and in general how historically, the roles have always differed.