The "Desperate Housewives" don't do summer reruns. It's probably a good thing; they should leave the audience wanting more. Especially this season. ABC may need to deliver a little extra motivation to lure viewers back for a weekly taste of Sunday night desperation. In case you haven't heard, there's going to be some hot competition on the CBS side of town this fall.
No, it's not football, and it's not a bunch of whiny folks racing around the globe. It's that savvy, cheated-on lawyer-lady, "The Good Wife." Alicia Florrick is moving to Sunday nights this fall. She'll hit the air the same time as the "Desperate Housewives." That leaves viewers with a choice to make: watch one, TiVo the other.
The lady lawyer will take the lead
"The Good Wife" has the edge in the ratings race. Her series is still fresh and new. Her character just broke out of her shell. And before she exited the Tuesday night lineup, she pulled a bold, sexy move. Viewers can't wait to see what comes next.
Alicia ended the season with a fabulous one-two punch: She kicked her husband to the curb and left fans craving a sneak peek at her rendezvous behind those $7,800-a-night closed hotel room doors. "Desperate Housewives" ended the season with a murder and a group cover-up.... Ho-hum! Murders are so "CSI," not enough oomph to compete with a hot and juicy, long-time-coming love affair.
The housewives need a few new desperate moves
The "Desperate Housewives" need a hook. They need to keep viewers interested, but they've already done it all. Collectively, the ladies and their friends and neighbors have committed suicide, they've murdered, inspired murder, witnessed murder and returned from the brink of death. One kept a grown son captive in the basement and another kept a dead husband on ice in a freezer.
They've been morbidly ill, mentally ill and menopausal. One died by electrocution, another by tornado. The housewives have loved young men, old men, politicians and criminals. They have lost loves and found them again. And one couple had a child switched at birth.
What more is there? What new plot can those writers devise? Whatever it might be, whatever is new and different and scandalous, the "Desperate Housewives" writers will have to figure it out. New and different is what it will take to keep up with "The Good Wife" in the fall ratings race.
Desperate or Good? Which show will you watch? Which show will you TiVo?
With DVR and online viewing, fans won't have to miss either show. With so much technology at their disposal, a viewer can watch one show as it airs and record the other. A true fan can view either show online 24/7. Of course, their Sunday night choice will still make one show the ratings winner over the other, so it's still a big deal. And it's your choice. Desperate or good? Which show will you watch?Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.