- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2007

‘Housewives’ returns

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” is back for its fourth season, returning to its familiar Sunday slot this weekend at 9 p.m.

Fans will be glad to know that its season opener picks up with the biggest cliffhanger from the third season finale: whether Edie Brit (Nicolette Sheridan) survived her suicide attempt.

We’ll also see Lynette (Felicity Huffman) — diagnosed last season with breast cancer — battle the effects of chemotherapy and the newlywed Gabrielle (real-life newlywed Eva Longoria) try to cope with a loveless marriage to a deceitful and ambitious politician (Catholic University grad John Slattery, who also stars on AMC’s “Mad Men.”).

Meanwhile, a new family moves to Wisteria Lane. The clan includes Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair, a woman who previously lived there until she and her daughter Dylan (Lyndsy Fonseca) moved away under mysterious circumstances. They return 12 years later with Katherine”s new husband, Adam (Nathan Fillion), a gynecologist with a shady professional past.

‘War’ continues

“The War,” Ken Burns’ latest epic on PBS, returns for the fifth installment of the 14-hour documentary Sunday at 8 p.m. on WETA-Channel 26 and MPT-Channel 32.

Titled “Fubar,” the episode covers a crucial three-month period in late 1944 (from September through December). By September, the Allies seem to be moving steadily toward victory in Europe, WETA notes on its Web site. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s chief of staff tells the press, “Militarily, this war is over.” But in the coming months, on both sides of the world, a generation of young men will learn a lesson as old as war itself: Generals make plans, plans go wrong, and soldiers die.

On the Western Front, American and British troops massed on the German border are desperately short of fuel. Allied commanders gamble on a risky scheme to drop thousands of airborne troops behind enemy lines in Holland, but nothing goes according to plan; it’s clear that the war in Europe will not end before winter.

Over the next three months, U.S. soldiers are ordered into some of Germany’s most fiercely defended terrain. In the Hurtgen Forest, tens of thousands of GIs fight a battle in which the only victory is survival.

The series concludes on Tuesday.

Also Sunday, WETA will rebroadcast the series’ four previous episodes starting at 10 a.m.

The weekend’s other highlights:

Tomorrow: “Running with Scissors,” 9 p.m. on Starz. The 2006 screen adaptation of Augusten Burroughs‘ best-selling memoir makes its cable debut on the premium channel. Mr. Burroughs’ memoir describes being abandoned by his parents and his upbringing with the eccentric, dysfunctional family that takes him in. Annette Bening (who received a best actress Oscar nomination for her role as Mr. Burroughs’ mom), Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Alec Baldwin, Joseph Cross and Evan Rachel Wood make up the all-star cast.

Sunday: Cable’s WE network offers a nonstop marathon of its biggest hit, “Bridezilla,” starting at 3 p.m.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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