*“Desperate Housewives” just wrapped up the finale and beauty Vanessa Williams is on to the next one.
The actress has already got another series lined up but completely different from the last.
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She’s set to star in a spooky series as an evil building owner in “666 Park Ave.”
“It’s about an iconic building in New York,” she explains. “And in order to get into the building, you have to make a few sacrifices. And I own the building, so you have to get through me.”
Yep, sounds pretty spooky.
*Vanessa Williams just secured herself a post “Desperate Wives” gig.
According to TV Guide, she’ll move from Wisteria Lane to ABC’s upcoming pilot “666 Park,” about a young couple who agree to manage a historic apartment building in New York City. However, they soon begin to experience dangerous supernatural occurrences that risk the lives of everyone in the building.
Williams will play the beautiful and sophisticated, but cold, wife of the building’s owner (“Lost’s” Terry O’Quinn).
If the pilot goes to series, it would be Williams’ third show at ABC, following “Housewives,” which wraps in May, and “Ugly Betty.”
*The death knell for ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” is starting to sound, with just several months left before the show airs its final episode ever.
Speculation about how the ladies of Wisteria Lane will bow out has already begun among fans, and even among cast members. Will the show end with big question marks, leaving room for a possible feature film? Will there be closure with the main characters? Is someone going to die?
“I think fans want the girls to survive,” said co-star Vanessa Williams, who joined the show in 2010 as Renee Perry. “I mean no matter what catastrophe happens, the women need to survive. I think the fans would go crazy if that didn’t happen.”
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The actresses have had to carry out some wild story lines throughout the show’s eight seasons. Williams – a multiple Grammy, Emmy and Tony nominee who’s been in the game since the early 80s – says some of those “Housewives” plots have even allowed her to experience a few career firsts.
“I’ve never pushed anyone in a sex swing, which I got the lovely opportunity to do with Bree,” said the actress.
In the audio below, Williams tells us why she believes “Desperate Housewives” has changed television, and that she had been eyeing a part on the series since its 2004 premiere.
Actress Vanessa Williams attends the Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2012 fashion show at NASDAQ Tower on Sept. 10, 2011 in New York City
*ABC wants to get into the Vanessa Williams business.
The network has just secured the actress well beyond the end of her current series “Desperate Housewives.” Williams signed a talent holding deal to headline a new hourlong or half-hour project targeted for next fall, according to Deadline.com
Vanessa Williams has been on an ABC primetime series for 6 consecutive seasons now — four years on “Ugly Betty,” from which she segued right into the starring gig on “Desperate Housewives,” now in its eighth and final season.
She is the first star from “Housewives” to book a potential new series gig.
*And it’s on to the next for SanAntonio Spurs guard Tony Parker. The NBA vet is now dating a 20-year-old pageant queen Barbara Morel.
After divorcing his wife, “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria the end of last year, the athlete is back to being happy again. The 29 year old’s new young love was the winner of the first Miss Nationale pageant last December. She kind of looks like his ex (see below).
Parker was also in a little media trouble recently when he told a French newspaper he thought the Spurs’ chances of winning a title were out of the question by now. But he later recanted the statement after receiving a bit of backlash in America.
*Multitalented actor Mechad Brooks is definitely showing his versatility lately with guest appearances on shows like “Desperate Housewives” and “True Blood.”
He recently landed a spot on the new USA Network series “Necessary Roughness,” where he plays the role of a pro wide receiver Terrence “TK” King, who has a bad temper and suffers from a classic case of butterfingers.
In an interview with the New York Post, he shared about his modeling career before breaking out on the small screen scene as well as a car crash that set him back a bit before beginning his new gig.
“I was sitting at a stop light. [And] somebody decided to use me as the brakes.” On his recovery, he says: “I was in and out of it for a couple of days. It’s excruciating, trying to slowly get back into exercising.”
But where the interview delves deeper is when Brooks is asked about his former career as an underwear model for Calvin Klein.
“I had wanted to be a Calvin Klein model since I was 17,” he says. “Marky Mark in his Calvin Kleins was the epitome of male sexuality. That was something I worked for.”
Apparently, Brooks has no qualms about his body or nudity, stating:
“I feel like the human body is what it is and the more you make yourself comfortable with it, the better off you are. Love your body and embrace that. If that means being naked, that means being naked. If you’re aware it’s not that hard to eat well and go to the gym and make yourself look good. Then you can embrace what it is you have.”
“Necessary Roughness” begins tonight, Wednesday (06-29-11), at 10 pm E/P on USA.
Mechad Brooks and Callie Thorne star in USA Network's 'Necessary Roughness'