Here is a true programming phenomenon: an out-of-the-blue oddball formula that premieres and shoots right to the top of the ratings charts.
It has none of the tried-and-true (translate tedious and mind-numbing) formulae--not a procedural, not a sitcom, not a drama, no cops, doctors, lawyers or mafioso. It's about a group of women, but it's not Baywatch. These women are, after all, older desperate housewives. What's going on here?
What we have here is a very clever translation of the work of one of our great film makers adapted for the small screen. Without question, the inspiration for Desperate Housewives is Tim Burton's film Edward Scissorhands. Think about it for a minute. Take Edward (Johnny Depp) and his Maker out of Edward Scissorhands, and you have Wisteria Lane. Far out? No way.