It would seem the principal cast of "Desperate Housewives" -- Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman -- will have no problem paying their mortgages on Wisteria Lane.
Locked in contract negotiations since January, the actresses and network ABC have delayed the announcement of an eighth season for the prime-time soap. But they've cleared the way for a renewal, TV Line reports.
Both sides have reportedly agreed on handsome per-episode rates for the ladies for Season 8, with an option to extend for a ninth season.
Each of the women will earn up to $375,000 per episode, a figure padded with back-end cash and bonuses, TV Line reports.
The report also noted that Hatcher brokered her deal separately from the other three stars, consistent with the history of the show.
When Eva Longoria stopped by David Letterman's couch in a micro-tuxedo to talk about her new cookbook, the "Desperate Housewives" actress gave the host a bit more than he bargained for — a wardrobe malfunction, to be exact.
"I wore a tuxedo for you," Longoria said when she arrived onstage.
"Or part of one," Letterman quipped back.
Then the button on her teeny-tiny jacket gave way, prompting Letterman to say, "We're going to lose our liquor license, I know it." (Watch the malfunction above.)
Among the things they discussed: soapy cilantro, okra and Oprah.
Longoria, 36, has been promoting her cookbook, "Eva's Kitchen." She said the book, coupled with cooking, helped her get through her ugly divorce from Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.
The actress, a longtime foodie, turned to the kitchen and helping out friends post-divorce. Since February, she's been linked to Eduardo Cruz, Penelope Cruz's little bro, but has been reluctant to get into the dating scene.
"I'm really domestic, so I had a really strong identity in being a wife," Longoria toldRachael Ray. "Finding myself again outside of somebody else has been not even challenging — it's been fun. It's been like, here we go!"
The complete opposite of her character Gabrielle Solis, no?
The "Beso" restaurateur said she wants to have a family, but in the meantime she's taken in two live-in friends at her house.
"I'm like the mother hen for a sorority house. It's all women, all the time. So, we're always cooking! I love it!"
Longoria, who married the basketball player in an extravagant "7-7-07" ceremony, said the divorce, which was just as public, made it more difficult.
"It was hard," she said in promos for Thursday's episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight." "It was devastating to go through on its own, much less publicly."
Maybe it's a good thing her button popped off — to distract people from less pleasant issues?
Royce Reed is talking back about her potential recasting on "Basketball Wives" due to her disconnect with b-ballers and her inability to speak publicly about baby daddy Dwight Howard and their son.
Reed, the least favorite "wife" -- she has little or nothing in common with her castmates and didn't know any of them before the show started taping -- has been losing her connection to the show, according to our interview with costar and executive producer Shaunie O'Neal. And a 2009 gag order that bars her from speaking about Orlando Magic center Howard or the son they have together further closed the door on any dishy portions of her life.
"If they are indeed searching for a replacement for me, it is what it is. It all seems petty and immature to me," she told TMZ.
So the tenously named "Basketball Wives," which follows the exploits of women who have once dated, married or had kids with an NBA player, is courting new women to join the cast. Ones who can share the contents of their lives, perhaps.
Looks as if Reed will soon be a free agent. Maybe she's calling things "petty and immature" because the only claim to fame that she can speak of now is the show. Apparently, you need to actually have a life you can talk about to be a reality TV star.
Costars O'Neal and Evelyn Lozada have proved that it's OK if the relationship between a "Wives" star and an NBA player wasn't a slam dunk, as long as she can still share with the group.
Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife is now dating actor-model Marlon Yates, and Lozada is dating football player Chad Ochocinco, who has appeared on a few episodes of "Basketball Wives," even though we know him more from "Dancing With the Stars" than from the gridiron. Do we see a football-themed spinoff in the future?
Now we're curious about Reed's potential replacements. O'Neal stayed mum when we asked her to drop a few hints, so we vote for Eva Longoria to replace the gag-ordered Reed, only because Khloe Kardashian already has her own show on deck with Lakers hubby Lamar Odom. But it's probably safe to say that Longoria's A-list stock would plummet if she landed on the VH1 show.
We could see "The Bachelor's" resident villainess Michelle Money in the running too thanks to her affair with Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.
Who do you think should replace Reed? Sound off in comments.
Eva Longoria and Tony Parker are officially divorced.
The three-year marriage ended in a courtroom appearance in Texas last week that shut the door rather quickly on the legal debacle that spanned two states.
The 35-year-old "Desperate Housewives" star filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for calling it quits. But the revelation that her NBA star husband allegedly exchanged flirty text messages with a teammate's wife went public around the same time, with Parker filing for divorce two days later in Texas, where divorce is a bit more streamlined.
The couple did have a prenup that they signed before their fairy-tale wedding in July 2007 and updated two weeks later, according to People.
Thank you, Sandra Bullock and Eva Longoria, for not disappointing at the Golden Globes.
Although 2010 wasn't the best year for either actress, given their respective divorces tied to spectacular scandals, the Ministry applauds them for proving that looking good is the best revenge.
Could Longoria look more polished, strong and stable in her black Zac Posen number? Introducing the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Asson., the organization responsible for the awards, there wasn't a visible trace of heartache.
Likewise for Bullock, last year locked up in a Marchesa dress practically missile-firing glamour, who seems to have returned to her Southern-boho style. In Jenny Packham, Sandy gives off an ethereal vibe that's more in line with the easygoing girl we've been behind since her split from Jesse James.
Here's wishing you happy single mingling at the after parties.
Eva Longoria might very well have A-list envy, but it doesn't currently extend to the world of adoption.
A source close to the actress on Monday debunked rumors that even as Longoria and Tony Parker work through their divorce, she intended to adopt a Haitian baby on her own. "Not true," the source told People.
The weekend rumors out of the UK reminded us of a recent Popeater column in which a friend of the couple said Longoria and Parker's elaborate 2007 wedding came as a result of the "Desperate Housewives" star "seeing all the attention Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding had received" in 2006.
That in turn reminded us of Sandra Bullock's adoption-to-be-envied earlier this year, in which the Oscar-winner stealthily pulled off a single-mom-to-be adoption of son Louis, whom she later referred to as her "little Cajun cookie," all the while decisively divorcing unfaithful husband Jesse James. Bullock's adoption plan, incidentally, was well underway before that marriage blew up.
Copycat castle nuptials aside, we thought, Longoria couldn't possibly be that predictable? Thank heavens, Monday apparently finds the world safe in the adoption-for-the-right-reasons department.
Tony Parker filed for divorce from Eva Longoria in Texas on Friday, two days after she filed for divorce from him in California.
Texas divorce laws differ from those in California in a couple of big ways: One, in Texas, a person can go from filing to done in 60 days on an uncontested divorce, as spotlighted by Sandra Bullock's ninja divorce from Jesse James earlier this year. Parker's Texas divorce documents were obtained by TMZ.
Also, Texas has no allowance for alimony, though it does allow for "maintenance" in marriages of longer than 10 years, whereas in California spousal support is at the court's discretion, and the court must consider factors including each party's ability to earn after the split, the duration of the marriage and "The needs of each party based on the standard of living established during the marriage."
The San Antonio Spurs star's divorce filing did not mention a prenup, TMZ said. The two were married in July 2007.
Also over the weekend, unnamed friends of the couple told Popeater that the "Desperate Housewives" actress contributed to the demise of the relationship as well, staying in L.A. for longer stretches instead of returning to Texas. When Parker would see pictures of his wife out at L.A.-area clubs, one friend said, "That's when he knew he couldn't compete."
Parker, who said Thursday he had not filed for divorce in Texas or hired a divorce attorney in Texas or California, reportedly admitted sending flirty text messages to another woman, but said there had been no sex involved in the relationship.
It's not as if celebs like Tony Parker and Eva Longoria don't know the risks by now — if there's anything we've learned from the likes of Brett Favre, Tiger Woods and Jesse James this year, it's that high-profile marriages and flirty messages don't mix.
Longoria is seeking spousal support from Parker, who recently signed a $50-million contract with the Spurs that goes through 2014.
The "Desperate Housewives" actress found hundreds of text messages sent between her husband and Erin Barry, the wife of former Spurs teammate Brent Barry. The message exchange reportedly ended over the summer.
But rather than infidelity, the reason for the split was more about geography, according to an Access Hollywood source who said that, although Parker admitted texting another woman, there had been no sex involved — just flirting. "Desperate Housewives" shoots in Universal City; the Spurs take their shots in Texas, or wherever the team travels.
"It was a long-distance relationship — and that distance took its toll," the source said.
Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from pro hoops player Tony Parker — and yes, as of Wednesday they really mean it.
The "Desperate Housewives" actress, 35, did the deed in an L.A. court, People says. A report that Parker, 28, had filed for divorce in Texas was shot down by Longoria's rep, who told TMZ on Tuesday that the San Antonio Spurs point guard didn't even have a divorce lawyer.
[Updated, 1:50 p.m.: Longoria confirmed the news on her Twitter account, saying, "It is with great sadness that after 7 years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce. We love each other deeply and pray for each other's happiness."
Meanwhile, amid rumors of Parker cheating, "Extra" reported that Longoria had found text messages to and from a teammate's wife on her husband's phone. Host Mario Lopez, a Longoria friend, said the actress is "heartbroken about their split. But she's strong."]
The two were married in 2007 in an elaborate wedding at a castle in France, where Belgian-born Parker was raised. The reason for the split wasn't clear, though Us Weekly cites "multiple sources" alleging nearly a year's worth of personal text messages between Parker and a mutual female friend. Longoria was "heartbroken by the betrayal," one source told Us.
In December 2007, Parker sued X17Online for defamation -- and $20 million -- after that website alleged he'd had an affair with a French model who'd met him at his wedding. In April 2008, the site publicly apologized, saying it had been misled by the model, and that the two had never met.
At any rate, no matter who does or does not have a lawyer, TMZ says the couple did sign a prenup.