July 15, 2005

Teri Hatcher in running for awards trifecta

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After bagging trophies
at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, will
"Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher hit the trifecta in
September by bagging an Emmy statuette?

Hatcher wouldn't stand for such talk Thursday, shortly
after she and two of her co-stars, Marcia Cross and Felicity
Huffman, received Emmy nominations for lead actress in a comedy
series. (Also nominated were Jane Kaczmarek for "Malcolm in the
Middle" and Patricia Heaton for "Everybody Loves Raymond").

"This category is full of amazing people who have delivered
amazing work for a long time. I'm honored just to be in that
group," said Hatcher, who celebrated her nomination by starting
her first day at work on the series' second season.

In reflecting on the phenomenon that was "Housewives" this
year, Hatcher took a bit of pride in noting that her natural
inclination toward physical comedy encouraged series creator
Marc Cherry and the rest of the writing staff to develop more
pratfalls for her accident-prone character, Susan Mayer. And
that's a good thing for an hourlong series that's competing in
Emmy's comedy categories.

"They really started writing in that direction for me, and
that helped us bring out the humor of these real-life
situations," Hatcher said. "But really I think it's Marc and
his unpredictable look at these people in this neighborhood
that makes the show funny more than any of us individually
being funny."

As for Cross, "Life just keeps getting better and better
and better," she said.

Cross said she was grateful for the opportunity to play a
character with such depth, the not-so-happy homemaker Bree Van
De Kamp. With her on-screen husband killed off, she's not at
all sure what's in store for Season 2.

"I'm going back to work with gobs of fear in my gut. I'm
thinking, 'Oh my god, who's she going to be now? How's that
going to impact me?' She's such a wonderfully multidimensional,
challenging role."

Huffman was not the only member of her household to bag an
Emmy nomination. Her husband, William H. Macy, bagged two
nominations for starring in and producing the TNT TV movie "The
Wool Cap."

Huffman, whose character does not get a moment's respite
from her over-active kids, hinted that she was looking forward
to a night on the town come the awards ceremony Sept. 18. "Bill
and I are gonna get a baby sitter. We're gonna dance. I'm gonna
take a shower, and Bill's gonna wear makeup."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter