Confirmed: Vanessa Williams Joins Cast of Desperate Housewives!

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Exciting rumor has become awesome reality: Vanessa Williams will come aboard Desperate Housewives next season!

The actress that brought Wilhelmina Slater to life on Ugly Betty will move into Wisteria Lane in the fall as a series regular.

“I’m a big fan of Vanessa’s work and I’m so excited that she’ll be moving into the neighborhood next season to cause trouble in all the ladies’ lives,” creator Marc Cherry told TV Guide Magazine.

Vanessa Williams

Williams' character will likely be involved with the returning Paul Young, whose new wife will also play a role on the show.

“I think our mystery is going to involve Paul," Cherry confirmed.

Weigh in now, fans: How excited are you for Williams to appear on Desperate Housewives?!?

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Then WHY did Cherry kill Edie?! God I'd have LOVED her fightin with Drea de Matteo. :D


Awesome!!! She'll fit right in! I love Vanessa.


Perfect casting for Desperate Housewives. And if she comes to be a series regular, even better! It looks like they are finally getting their groove back with their guest stars, after Drea de Matteo.

Honey tats

I'm like super-uber excited Vanessa Williams is joining the show. I luv her. I checked out after Kabin left the show. Now I have a reason to watch again.


This is so great for Vanessa! She totally deserves this! After 27 years in the business, its time for her to finally win an Emmy - would be a great way to end her fabulous 4 year run on Ugly Betty! Wilhelmina was an amazing character and I'm sure Marc (Cherry) will create another role that we will for sure love!


YES!!! i love vanessa williams, she was great on ugly betty and i'm sure she'll do a great job on DH as well!! :)

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