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Neal McDonough spoils 'Desperate Housewives' finale, talks series spin-off

May 14, 2009 |  3:05 pm

Dh On today's edition of "The View," Neal McDonough dropped a pretty major bomb regarding the fate of his "Desperate Housewives" character, resident psychopath Dave Williams.

You can stop reading now if you don't want to ruin the end for yourself, but if you've been watching this season, it should not come as that big of a shock.

McDonough let it slip to the "View" hosts that the revenge-bent Dave will die during the "Desperate Housewives" season finale May 17. 

When asked by Joy Behar if McDonough was originally supposed to die along with Edie, the actor answered: "No, I’m the mystery for the entire year so I wasn’t supposed to die until the very last episode."

The audience's reaction was immediate: "Oooooooh!" McDonough blushed and said, “I didn’t say anything!" When the ladies tried to follow up he cut them off. "Barbara, stop, stop!...On Wisteria Lane, you never really die. You can always come back."

Even more interesting, the actor also seemed to confirm that a "Desperate Housewives" spin-off is in the works revolving around the show's Karen McCluskey (Kathryn Joosten) and her sister Roberta (Lily Tomlin, who will also be back for the finale).

When asked about it, McDonough said, "Kathy’s won two Emmys for the character and Lily’s such a joy to watch, she’s phenomenal, so I’d watch that show in a heartbeat...I don’t know too much about it but I know they’re seriously talking about it and I think it would be a fun show to watch every week."

The New York Post first wrote about the potential project on Tuesday, likening it to a modern-day "Golden Girls," a show that "Desperate Housewives" creator-executive producer Marc Cherry wrote for in the early '90s. The paper said it was unclear whether Cherry would be involved.

A rep for ABC said "there's no truth to the spin-off rumor."

What do you think? Would you watch a Karen & Roberta comedy? Are you surprised at all to learn Dave's outcome?

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Lily Tomlin (left), Neal McDonough, Kathryn Joosten / ABC


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