Desperate Housewives: Season 1, Episode 0

Unaired Pilot (2004)

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Mary Alice dies in her living room after committing suicide. It introduces her fellow friends and neighbors Gabrielle the spoiled ex model. Bree also known as the Martha Stewart on steroids... See full summary »


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Episode uncredited cast:
Julie Mayer (uncredited)
Karl Mayer (uncredited)
Michael Reilly Burke ...
Rex Van De Kamp (uncredited)
Carlos Solis (uncredited)
Bree Van De Kamp (uncredited)
Mike Delfino (uncredited)
Martha Huber (uncredited)
Susan Mayer (uncredited)
Parker Scavo (uncredited)
Lynette Scavo (uncredited)
Danielle Van De Kamp (uncredited)
Zach Young (uncredited)
Preston Scavo (uncredited)
Porter Scavo (uncredited)
Sexy Jogger (uncredited)


Mary Alice dies in her living room after committing suicide. It introduces her fellow friends and neighbors Gabrielle the spoiled ex model. Bree also known as the Martha Stewart on steroids. Susan the divorcee and single mother. And Lynette the mean mother with 4 loud and annoying children desperate to get back to work.

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The show's creators replaced Sheryl Lee because they felt her voice-over narration needed "more of a comic lift" and "somebody more present and less ethereal". However, they still hope to bring Lee back to the show in a future guest spot. See more »

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Casting Changes For Show's Improvement
5 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Welcome to Wisteria Lane!!!

What was the difference between the original pilot and the unaired pilot?The producers made some casting changes.They replaced Sheryl Lee,who played Mary Alice,with Brenda Strong.Also,they replaced Michael Reilly Burke,who played Rex,with Steven Culp and Kyle Searles,who played John,with Jesse Metcalfe.

The unaired pilot of Desperate Housewives isn't on the same level as the pilot itself without the casting changes they made.I think that Brenda was better as Mary Alice compared to Sheryl although the latter wasn't a bad one.With regards to Kyle being replaced by Jesse,I think that is a big improvement considering that we needed a hunk to make the affair between John and sexy Gabrielle totally believable.With regards to the actors who played Rex,I am glad that they changed it with Steven Culp since he is a better talent-wise.Overall,it was just a process of improving the show.

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