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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 April, 2005, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Housewives set for second season
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives follows women with seemingly ideal lives
Hit serial Desperate Housewives is returning for a second series, US TV network ABC has said.

The first season of the comedy drama about a group of women in suburbia has been the station's top-rated show, attracting 22.8 million US viewers.

The programme, which is shown on Channel 4 in the UK, steered ABC out of a ratings slump.

One of the show's co-stars, Teri Hatcher, won a Golden Globe award for playing single mother Susan Mayer.


Hatcher, best-known for playing Lois Lane in the Superman television series, returned to the screen in Desperate Housewives after a six-year absence.

Other series for the network which have been recommissioned include Lost, a drama about survivors of a plane crash who land on a remote island.

Teri Hatcher
Teri Hatcher won a Golden Globe for her 'Housewives' role

Alias, which stars Jennifer Garner as a glamorous spy, will return for a fifth series after its ratings picked up during the last season.

Boston Legal, which features Star Trek actor William Shatner, is making a second season comeback after it proved a ratings winner in its Sunday night slot.

ABC's complete line-up for the coming season will be unveiled in New York next month.

Vanity Fair magazine's US edition recently carried a cover picture and article about the cast of Desperate Housewives, which hinted at friction between the show's lead actresses.

The article said there was disagreement between two of the show's stars about their place in the photograph.

The popular programme has generated a lot of media coverage in the US, which actress Marcia Cross says she refuses to read.

Cross, who plays Bree Van De Kamp, added: "And I don't even watch the show right now. It's too much. It's just too much."

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