Vanessa Williams Post-‘Betty’ Move — She’s Joining The Cast Of ‘Desperate Housewives!’

Tue, May 18, 2010 5:20pm EDT by Add first Comment
Courtesy of ABC

Courtesy of ABC

Wisteria Lane has a new witch with a B in town, and who better to play her than Wilhelmina Slater herself?

Vanessa Williams certainly knew how to stir things up as uber-nasty Mode editrix Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty, and she’s about to get her claws out again on another ABC show. It was confirmed May 18 that the former Miss America will be joining the cast of Desperate Housewives!

“This fall, a wicked new housewife arrives to Fairview when the multi-talented Vanessa Williams joins the Season Seven cast as a housewife who’s sure to shake things up in the neighborhood and wreak havoc in the lives of the women of Wisteria Lane,” a statement from ABC reads.

Executive producer Bob Daily is psyched about casting Vanessa, 47, gushing to Zap2It, “What we’re looking for is sort of a provocateur, a muckraker. We’ve had a couple different people filling that role over the years. When Dana Delany joined The Lane, her function was partially to sort of stir things up a little bit. I think that’s really what we’re looking for.”

Stirring things up? After all of her evil, underhanded plotting for magazine domination on Ugly Betty, anything Vanessa does on Desperate Housewives can only pale in comparison!

— Russell Weakland

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