Still 'Desperate,' bickering 'Brothers & Sisters'

Thursday, 25 September 2008 06:12 PM Written by 

Jackson (Gale Harold) is the new man in the life of Susan (Teri Hatcher) on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" (9 p.m. Sunday, WTAE) confused a fair number of viewers when it flash forwarded five years in its May season finale. I heard from some viewers who thought that meant the show was over. Not quite.

As creator Marc Cherry explained this summer, he wanted to re-set the series and get the stories back to something more closely resembling reality.

Sunday's season premiere does that pretty well with some of the women's stories, especially Lynette (Felicty Huffman), whose twins are now terrible teens.

Viewers will learn the fate of Mike Delfino (James Denton), the husband of Susan (Teri Hatcher, above right) who wasn't seen in the flash forward. Instead, she was kissing a new guy (Gale Harold, above left).

Bree (Marica Cross) has gone into business with Katherine (Dana Delany) and, of course, the two are butting heads with Bree attempting to take credit for everything.

Gabby (Eva Longoria Parker) now has two children who aren't following in her model's figure footsteps. And Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) moves back to Wisteria Lane with a new husband (Neal McDonough), who appears to be up to no good.

"I have a husband now," Edie tells her neighbors.

"Really? Whose?" Susan asks.

Those sort of quips in Cherry's script are the reason I continue to tune in. Hopefully with a return to semi-normalcy plot-wise, "Desperate" will have more room for this sort of comedy.

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Dave Annable and Emily VanCamp in ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" (10 p.m. Sunday, WTAE) returns with the Walker clan bickering and spilling secrets at the most inopportune moments possible.

Much as I have enjoyed the series, I think I threw up in my mouth a little when I heard Justin (Dave Annable) tell no-longer-half-sister/new love interest Rebecca (Emily VanCamp), "I should have been more sensitive to what you were feeling."

This hour of "Brothers" is overflowing with touchy-feely sap as Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) tries to compose a letter to an adoption agency on behalf of her sister, Kitty (Calista Flockhart).

And when it's not sickeningly sentimental, there's conflict galore involving family members and business decisions.

I generally like this show it's beginning to feel like an abusive relationship. Conflict is a necessary part of prime-time drama but could the writers maybe spread it out a little? I've never felt quite so assaulted by "Brothers & Sisters" as I did this week. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

 

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