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"Desperate Housewives" Time-Jump Inspired by "Lost" Flash-Forward
July 18, 2008  | By David Bianculli
 
Of all the news emanating from the Television Critics Association press tour after the Emmy nominations were announced and dissected, the nugget I found most interesting came from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, who admitted he got the idea for last May's season cliffhanger by watching another ABC show.

lost-season-finale-jan-30.jpg"I was so impressed," Cherry said, "with the bold stroke that Damon [Lindelof] and Carlton [Cuse] had done with doing the flash forward in Lost the previous season finale. And I was kind of looking for something for my show. I felt the 'soap' had really started to build up, and I kind of wanted to pare it down to where everyone's problems were small but very relatable.

"And I thought, 'How am I going to do that?' And I thought, 'Oh! Let's just go forward in time. Let me change everyone's lives completely!'

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"I was originally going to do an eight-year jump," Cherry continued, "but then when someone explained to me how the actresses would react to the idea that they were eight years older, I thought, 'Maybe five. Maybe I could get away with five.' " Presto: Bree is a Martha-Stewart type success, Susan has a new man, and Gabrielle has two young daughters, and has sort of let herself go.

Lost co-executive producer Cuse acknowledged Cherry's confession good-naturedly, but not without throwing a playful jab in his direction.

"He's also going to have a polar bear on the show next year," Cuse joked.

Reviving continuing series is no laughing matter, though. Lost reinvented itself brilliantly with that flash-forward device, and even worked its way back into best drama series Emmy contention as a result. Desperate Housewives already was doing a fine job of reviving itself last season, and time will tell if this Lost-inspired time jump is another step forward creatively as well as chronologically.

Time will tell, in fact, in a few months, unless someone can figure out how to time-jump ahead to September 28, the night Desperate Housewives returns. Meanwhile, Lost won't return until midseason, in 2009. Stay tuned, and be patient.

 

1 Comment

 

David Rivera said:

How sad that apparently no one in the industry watches "Battlestar Galactica," which beat both shows to the punch with its 1-year "flash-forward" a few seasons ago.

Mr. Bianculli, I'm thrilled I came across this site. I'm a NY Daily News reader who still misses your column. (David, I'm thrilled you found me, too. Welcome aboard. -- David B.)

Comment posted on August 15, 2008 2:09 PM

 
 
 
 
 
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