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Hysteria Lane

''Desperate Housewives'' is a comedy? For Golden Globe purposes it is, as the show's producers seek to maximize its awards prospects

LAUGH IF YOU WANT For purposes of the Golden Globes, Sheridan (left) and Hatcher star in a comedy
Image credit: Desperate Housewives: Peter "Hopper" Stone/ABC
LAUGH IF YOU WANT For purposes of the Golden Globes, Sheridan (left) and Hatcher star in a comedy

Do you think of Desperate Housewives, with its episodes of adultery, fire, pill-popping, and suicide, as a nighttime soap or a sitcom? Maybe both, but for Golden Globes purposes it's strictly a comedy, just like such hard-to-categorize hour-long shows as Gilmore Girls or Ally McBeal. That's how producers Touchstone Television submitted the show to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the Globes. Touchstone has also submitted all four of the Wisteria Lane leading ladies — Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria — for Best Actress consideration. A Touchstone spokeswoman tells Variety that Housewives ''straddles both genres. We're pretty much in the enviable position of being able to choose, and we're going to do what's best for the show.'' In other words, the competition in the drama category is awfully heavy this year, including shows like fellow ABC hit Lost and a certain show about a desperate New Jersey housewife. ''It's tougher to compete with strict dramas like The Sopranos,'' the spokeswoman said. The show's performance at January's Globes could be a test run for next September's Emmys, for which Housewives could still be submitted as a drama.

Originally posted Nov 18, 2004