While at an ABC party following the recent Fall TV press tour, we ran into Dana Delany just as she pulled away from a huddle with the "Desperate Housewives" creative team. Um, did we just stumble on a deal-making pow-wow?
“You just saw the deal go down right here: I'm coming back,” Delany tells PopcornBiz, confirming her intention to make a return appearance as Katherine Mayfair in the eighth and final season.
“I think we'll make it happen,” says Delany, clearly excited to revisit the character she played in Seasons Four through Six. “We don't know if it's for sure – it's all about scheduling. We'll make it happen. I just want to resolve things. I would like Katherine to be happy. And gay – I want her to stay gay.”
Delany, who’s gone on to star in the network’s forensic procedural “Body of Proof,” admits she didn’t expect that her friends on “Housewives” would leave Wisteria Lane so soon. “I was surprised,” she says. “I thought they had at least a couple more seasons in them. And it's still a successful show so I didn't quite understand why ABC would want to end it, but from what I've heard it's all about ending it well.”
The actress – who originally rejected the role of Bree Van de Camp three times when the series launched – says that despite some initial butterflies about joining the cast, things couldn’t have worked out better for her.
“It was one of those experiences where I went in not knowing what to expect because you had heard all those stories about the show, and having turned it down the first time,” she says. “I had no idea what to expect. I was a little trepidatious. And it turned out to be one of my favorite experiences. Everybody was embracing. It was a great gig because it was on a hit show, but I only worked two or three days a week so I could have a life. And it was the perfect job. And it was a huge international hit, so I developed fans that I had never had before.”