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Drea de Matteo: The Newest Desperate Housewife

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Drea de Matteo, known for her role as anti-housewife Adriana La Cerva on The Sopranos, is moving to Wisteria Lane.'s Michael Ausiello reported that de Matteo, who also starred in the Friends spinoff series Joey opposite Matt LeBlanc, will be playing an Italian housewife akin to the rabble-rousing Edie Britt (Nicolette Sheridan). Her character's husband and children have not yet been casted.

This casting choice could not come at a better time for Desperate Housewives, a show that's been getting a little tired despite its initial popularity, ensemble cast and high-stakes drama. de Matteo has the ability to flip her naturally sweet, shy demeanor into a backstabbing, whiny bitch of a character, and this show is the perfect outlet for her ability. Her gritty, sympathetic portrayal of Adriana La Cerva earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination in 2004. And despite the short shelf life of Joey, she proved herself as a comedienne, too. She has everything going for her -- and could not be more overqualified to join the cast of Desperate Housewives. Let's hope she kicks things up a few notches.

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