A deal has finally been hammered out for Dana Delany to take a leave from ABC’s Desperate Housewives to shoot the alphabet net’s fall pilot, Body of Evidence.
“The networks have become like the old studio system where they have their stable of actors," Dana tells me. "They want to hold on to them and see what else they can do with them, so (ABC president) Steve McPherson said, ‘Would you consider doing another show,' and I said, ‘I love Housewives, but this is the lead role and something different.’ It’s one of those bountiful things. I love the show I have, but they’re offering me the lead.’“
The series, which starts shooting this week, will team Dana with actors John Carroll Lynch (The Drew Carey Show and Carnivale), Trust Me's Geoffrey Arend (husband of Mad Men's Christina Hendricks) and Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager, Shark, Law and Order: SVU.
Housewives creator Marc Cherry is writing out her character, Katherine Mayfair, so that she can head out of town to shoot the pilot over the next couple weeks.
“But if her pilot doesn’t fly, she’ll be coming back,” Cherry tells TV Guide Magazine exclusively. “ABC asked me if they could give Dana her own show, but if that doesn’t work, she’s got a place waiting for her.” Dana says her Housewives boss promised he would not kill her off.
Many of the cliffhangers fans were left with when the last original episode aired will be addressed on March 25, when the next original episode, titled "A Few Good Men," airs. Paley guests were treated to an advance screening of the episode, which (trust us) takes Damon's cruelty to a whole new level. By the end of the hour, you'll be left wondering how Elena can ever even speak to him again. "Some truths are revealed and the episode ends on a major bang," teases Paul Wesley (Stefan). He's not kidding.
With Elena (Nina Dobrev) just having learned she's adopted, she begins a dangerous search for her birth mother, whom keen viewers know shares a connection to Alaric Saltzman. The revelations, says Nina Dobrev (Elena) will "intensify her love/hate relationship with Damon. His actions to achieve what he wants are truly horrible."
But the episode offers more light-hearted moments, as Damon takes part in a charity bachelor auction alongside Alaric. "It's a lot of fun," teases Ian Somerhalder (Damon). A future episode will find Damon meeting up with Matt's mom, Kelly (The O.C.'s Melinda Clarke) at a bar. "Much to the chagrin of Matt," Somerhalder says. "They hit it off and end up hooking up."
One face was absent from the episode - Katerina Graham, who plays Bonnie Bennett. She'll be off the canvas for three episodes "grieving the death of Grams", explains creator Kevin Williamson. "She goes off to stay with family, but comes back with an attitude."
Adds co-executive producer Julie Plec: "Bonnie's been nothing but supportive of Elena's relationship with Stefan up until this point, but given everything that's happened -- the tomb didn't quite get closed and Grams died for nothing, it's going to be difficult for her to be a good friend."