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Desperate Housewives: Season 7

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The action gets even wilder in the sizzling seventh season of ABC's acclaimed dramatic comedy, Desperate Housewives. Experience all the humor, mystery and juicy thrills in this spectacular 5-disc collection. It's high noon on Wisteria Lane as a brand-new rival (Vanessa Williams) stirs up even more excitement, deceit and romance in the neighborhood. Lynette gets jealous when Renee starts spending time with Tom, and Bree finds herself falling for Keith (Brian Austin Green). Meanwhile, Gabrielle makes a shocking personal discovery, Susan copes with a life-threatening event and a mysterious shooting has everyone on edge. Through all the drama, the world's most famous housewives are bound together by the friendship they share and the secrets they keep. Relive every red-hot episode and dive deeper into television's most addicting primetime series with never-before-seen bonus features. It's the perfect gift for every Desperate Housewives fan!

An air of desperation in the somewhat implausible story lines that have fueled Desperate Housewives since it made such a splash with its premiere in 2004 is never very far from the perfectly groomed homes and messy private lives of the women of Wisteria Lane. But as frantic, lunatic, or downright preposterous as the soap-operatic antics may seem, whether unfolding behind closed doors or right out in the open of suburban Fairview, USA, creator Marc Cherry keeps on giving devotees of Desperate Housewives exactly what they want in season seven. The big news for fans of the show (who are the only ones who will care or understand what any of it means) is that Paul Young is out of prison and back in the lives of the housewives and their husbands; newly separated Bree Van de Kamp has a studly new boyfriend 15 years her junior; and a replacement housewife has moved into the neighborhood, returning the gang's fluctuating membership to its prime value of five. Vanessa Williams plays Renee Perry, a jet-setting college friend of Lynette (Felicity Huffman) whose dream marriage to a pro baseball player has fallen apart, landing her in a place where her cattiness and conniving ways fit right in. Marcia Cross brings Bree's entrée into menopause a dash of flippant fun, especially when she sets her sights on season guest Brian Austin Green as Keith, a handyman who helps her out with some contracting needs then moves in to continue helping with more personal home-based needs. Show stalwarts will remember Paul (Mark Moses) from the beginning seasons as the husband of Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong, still narrating each episode from beyond the grave) who got away with one murder but was sent away after being framed for another he didn't commit. His reappearance gives the heebie-jeebies to everyone, but mostly to Susan and Mike (Teri Hatcher and James Denton), for whom hard times have meant a move to a sleazy apartment and the inability to keep Paul from maneuvering himself back into their house(s). The dynamic between Susan and Paul changes considerably over the course of the season, and it doesn't help when Paul discovers a naughty secret Susan is keeping to help ease her family's financial burden. Lynette's got a new baby, which puts a new strain on her marriage to Tom (Doug Savant). That situation is not helped after Renee gets whirled into their mix with a secret of her own. The family secrets that Gaby and Carlos (Eva Longoria and Ricardo Chavira) are keeping from each other become sources of even greater dramatic conflict right up to the final episode, centered on a progressive dinner party involving the entire cast. Ultimately it is the women of Wisteria Lane who keep genuine desperation at bay by keeping close tabs on each other's backs. Theirs is a complicated world of devious doings, but allegiances always come home to roost through a bond of friendship that continually ties them together. As is apparent from even this offhanded rundown of key plot points, convoluted and far-fetched remain watchwords for the show's creative team. For the legions of admirers who wouldn't have it any other way, Marc Cherry has confirmed that there will be at least one more season of dramedic machinations, probably two. Ratings have declined over the years, but ABC and the core cast members--Cross, Hatcher, Huffman, and Longoria--still seem happy to keep on giving fans what they want.

Special features on the DVD set are pretty thin. Obligatory blooper and deleted-scene segments are included, but there are no commentary tracks and only two short interview-based extras: "Desperate for Trivia," a game show-like collection of Desperate Housewives minutiae, and "Growing Up on Wisteria Lane," which checks in with most of the actors who have passed through the series as children over the years. --Ted Fry

Special Features

Desperate For Trivia -- Discover How Much The Cast Really Remembers About Their Characters|Growing Up On Wisteria Lane -- The Younger Cast Reflects Back On What It's Like To Be A Kid On Set|12 Deleted Scenes Straight From The Cutting Room Floor|Bloopers, Outtakes And Gags

Product Details

  • Actors: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 989 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y5HWGI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desperate Housewives: Season 7" on IMDb

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This definitely ranks higher to me than the previous season, though I thought six was great as well. Overall the plot holes were kept to a minimum, the storylines were kept fairly consistent and evenly paced, and even though the latter half of the season seemed to be drifting in no direction, I was glad to see that there was a direction at the very end. A lot of people complained about yet another revenge storyline, but Paul/Felicia was THE original revenge/counter revenge plot, and I was glad to see that it finally came full circle, as well as Andrew/Carlos' story from six seasons (ten or so years) earlier.

Best parts of the season:
1. Andrew/Carlos' storyline
2. Paul's scheme (main mystery)
3. Felicia's revenge
4. Lynette and Tom's marriage (towards end, it spices things up)
5. Lee and Bob getting more screen time

Worst parts of the season:
1. Bree and Keith - favorite character, too many romance stories
2. Susan's 'housecleaning' job
3. Renee's character was very under-used

Well, that's about it for me. I am really looking forward to the eighth season. Judging from the cliffhanger, it looks like the women will be united in the next season's mystery. That's something that's been lacking for somet time now.
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I have been a huge fan of this show since season 4 and have since then watched all of the episodes. I got all excited at the season 6 finale, and this season had a lot of great stuff in it.

However, good things must come to an end, and I was hoping that this season would be the one to wrap it all up. Some of the plot twists in this season felt somewhat forced, and with the season finale that happened with Gabrielle's stepfather left me with the sinking feeling that with that episode, this show that I have loved for a long time may have jumped the shark. I will watch season 8, but I'm afraid it'll just get silly.

Edit - I hear now that Season 8 will be the last one. This makes me sad, but also relieved.
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Update: ABC has cancelled this show, announcing it in August 2011. My review, posted before the announcement follows.

I watched this show this season. I liked it the least of the seven seasons. This show used to have great writing but now the dialogue and plot developments are straight out of afternoon soap operas. Also, the characters who are being emphasized are ones who are now driving me crazy. And boy, does Teri Hatcher, as Susan lead that pack! I just wince every time she comes onscreen. I find her goody two shoes act really tiresome at this point. Ditto her marriage with Mike. (I used to like him but now I can't stand him either because of her.)

I could have done without Vanessa Williams. If she is supposed to be the new Edie, that didn't pan out. She's playing a very similar role to the one she played on UGLY BETTY. Just like Susan, she too is super tiresome. She is a woman used to living in New York who is now living in the burbs and it just doesn't make any sense that she is.

The other three are better overall. They are pretty much the characters they have always been. Bree is dating a man much too young for her. Gabby finds out she has a daughter who is being raised by a lower class Mexican family. Felicity Huffman's Tom becomes a raging success and she can't stand it. Although this wasn't groundbreaking material, it was at least more like the other six seasons.

In an act of pure desperation, Paul Young is returned to the show. He wants revenge on everyone on the street for being instrumental in sending him to prison. His feud also continues with his arch enemy, who is still in prison. This is the woman whose sister he killed for being instrumental in his wife's suicide.

And on and on we go.
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Watching the final episode of each season of "Desperate Housewives" is like taking that last bite of cheesecake, knowing you should have just said no when the first piece was offered. You swear you're not going to indulge yourself with such abandon next time, but by noon the next day you're wondering when the bakery will have a fresh batch ready.

So what happened this season on Wisteria Lane, that upper-middle-class slice of suburban America that has seen more divorce than Las Vegas, more sex than 42nd Street in the 70's, and more violence than the Balkans? Well, pretty much the same thing that happened in all the previous seasons. Good-looking people had illicit sex. Lots of it. Marriages strained and sometimes snapped. Murders were attempted. Some succeeded. And Susan perkily - and annoyingly -- stumbled and crashed into and out of one crisis after another.

Why, then, do I pre-order every season of this silly series? Why, once it arrives, do I scarf down all 20+ episodes in five days (or less) of marathon watching?

Well, it's like this . . . . Buried inside each comic book episode are elegiac little pearls of sweet humaneness. One untenable little scrape after another leaves a character who marched in with self-assured abandon confronting the fact that all our actions have consequences, that the best of intentions can deliver the deepest wounds, that friends matter, and that every day can be a new starting point for trying to do better if you just have a stout heart and sincere desire to be good.

Yes, it's fluff. But it's pure fluff.

Now, when can I pre-order Season 8?
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The title of the item is "Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season". So I'm pretty sure it will be a complete season.
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