Desperate Housewives crew would AVOID Teri Hatcher

Desperate Housewives writer reveals crew actively ‘AVOIDED’ Teri Hatcher – as she lifts the lid on CHAOS behind the scenes, claiming it was a ‘miracle’ show ever got made amid ‘inefficient, slap-dash’ production

  • TV writer Patty Lin has exposed shocking stories from the set of the ABC drama
  • She has claimed that the crew would avoid Susan Mayer actress Teri Hatcher
  • Lin said the award-winning show was ‘wildly inefficient’ behind-the-scenes 

A former Desperate Housewives writer has revealed it was a ‘miracle’ that the hit series ever got made because of chaotic behind-the-scenes drama – adding that staff would actively avoid cast member Teri Hatcher.

The acclaimed ABC show, which ran from 2004 to 2012, starred Hatcher (Susan Mayer), Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo), Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis), and Marcia Cross (Bree van de Kamp), and followed the four housewives and the secrets, crimes, and mysteries hidden in their seemingly perfect neighborhood.

Patty Lin worked as a writer on Marc Cherry’s show and has now exposed shocking stories from the set and the writers’ room in her newly-released memoir End Credits, in which she readily admits that she was ‘boggled’ by Desperate Housewives’ success.

‘Every scene was written hastily by a different person,’ Lin claimed. ‘Marc would barely be involved in the first few drafts, but once the script was in semi-decent shape, he’d take it from us, climb into a golf cart, and drive off to his writing bungalow to do a pass.’

Desperate Housewives writer Patty Lin has revealed it was a ‘miracle’ that the hit series, which ran for eight years, ever got made 

The acclaimed ABC show, which ran from 2004 to 2012, starred Teri Hatcher (Susan Mayer), Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo), and Marcia Cross (Bree van de Kamp)

She went on to say that keeping him in solitary was the ‘only way to get this goose to lay any eggs’ because he was so ‘easily distracted’.

‘When they managed to wrench the scripts from his hands, it would get turned over to production, usually just before the table read and sometimes just before the first day of shooting,’ she continued.

‘With this wildly inefficient system, it’s a miracle that any episodes of Desperate Housewives ever got made.’

Lin believed that the dark humor that initially drew her to Desperate Housewives was ‘lost in the slap-dash assembly line approach’ to what was supposed to be a ‘creative process’.

‘The fact that it became the hottest show on TV, won multiple awards, ran for eight years, and earned more revenue than God, boggles my mind.’

During its run, Desperate Housewives won multiple Primetime Emmy, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and its first five seasons were rated amongst the top 10 most-watched series. 

Turning her attention to the talent, Lin said that the crew would try not to capture Hatcher’s attention.

‘Usually, we’d see the cast only at table reads where we’d sit quietly at the back and try not to make eye contact with Teri Hatcher,’ she penned.

Lin said that the crew would try not to capture Hatcher’s attention during the table reads

Her claims come years after the Susan actress insisted there was no bad blood between herself and the crew

Lin recounted her anecdotes from her days as a TV writer in her memoir titled End Credits

In 2013, Hatcher, 58, dismissed rumors that she feuded with the Desperate Housewives crew after it was reported that Vanessa Williams, Cross, Longoria and Huffman had sent them a farewell gift of luggage – without her involvement. 

‘That crew knows I’d have jumped in front of a bus for them at any moment,’ she said. 

‘I was beyond generous throughout those eight years and any crew member will tell you that, so it doesn’t matter what anybody writes.

‘I don’t really know who gave or did what. I know what I did, and I can look in the mirror at myself in a good way about the people I worked with and how much respect I had for them.’ has contacted Teri’s spokesperson for comment. 

In June, former cast member Longoria stated Desperate Housewives would be ‘cancelled’ if the dark comedy were to be on screens in the modern day.

The actress played loveable supermodel Gabrielle Solis in the drama, and her character was involved in several shocking storylines, including the statutory rape of her 17-year-old gardener John Rowland (played by Jesse Metcalfe).

‘I don’t know if we could do the show today,’ she told Entertainment Tonight. ‘I think we’d get cancelled.

Her book was released on September 5 and exposed the ‘truth about Hollywood’ 

She also claimed that the Friends cast members would purposefully mess up jokes in the script they didn’t like

‘I mean, not cancelled on TV but like cancelled in culture because it was so groundbreaking…

‘We said and did so many things that were shocking at the time.’

Lin also wrote for Friends and didn’t shy away from calling out obnoxious cast members Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry for purposefully botching jokes they didn’t like.

‘The actors were clearly unhappy to be chained to a tired old show, when they would rather be branching out,’ she wrote.

‘Each had a one-track mind: how is this script going to serve me? They all knew how to get a laugh, but if they didn’t like a joke, they all seemed to deliberately tank it, knowing we’d rewrite it.

‘Dozens of good jokes got written out just because Lisa Kudrow had mumbled a line through a mouth full of bacon.’

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