“Desperate Housewives” is that rare breed of TV show that refuses to be pigeonholed. Is it a soap opera or a parody of the adult nighttime programs we grew to love with Dallas and Dynasty? Is it a full-fledged comedy, with occasional dramatic instances? Or is it a drama that knows how to make us laugh and break into a knowing smile? It’s hard to say, so it’s best to tag it as a “dramedy,” one part drama/one part comedy.
What makes the show so compulsive is the cast of talented actresses and their well-written, fabulously fleshed-out characters. Each of the women is a “stock” character, a compilation of recognizable, easily identifiable traits. There’s the Career Woman, a mother who is struggling with holding a job while holding her family and life together. Rather than being a stale and overly familiar characterization, actress Felicity Huffman invests her Lynette Scavo persona with intelligence, vulnerability, cocksureness, doubt, pride and, of course, desperation. Sometimes she’s able to do all at one time! It’s not surprising Huffman has received the Emmy Award for this performance, and has been nominated for scores of other awards as well.
Huffman’s not alone in her great work. Actress Teri Hatcher scored a major comeback with her landing of the Susan Mayer role. A lauded ingénue when she starred in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Hatcher admittedly had a quiet career after that TV show concluded its run. With her return to episodic TV, courtesy of Housewives’ clever creator Marc Cherry, she’s an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. She has morphed into a television superwoman!
Rounding out the cast are veteran professionals Marcia Cross as Bree Van De Kamp and Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt. Cross and Sheridan play polar opposites on the program: Bree is a perfectionist who lives by the rules, consulting the etiquette book at every turn. However, Bree is sadly discovering that she may know the recipe for a perfect pineapple upside-down cake, but her home life is quickly and uncontrollably turning upside down, as well. Edie is a renegade, who makes her own rules and quotes from the “Good Book,” the Bible, when it suits her purposes. Very often, she turns a blind eye to her own flaws as she giddily points out the faults of her next-door neighbors and romantic rivals. She’s not above casting stones, or setting suspicious house fires.
The last lady in the coffee klatch is relative newcomer Eva Longoria as the one-time fashion model Gabrielle Solis. Longoria embodies a pampered, selfish, materialistic wife who is slowly discovering the world is much bigger than her clothes closet, and—shock of all shocks—there’s more to value in this world than a brand-new sports car and a huge diamond ring. She conveys the character’s conflicted dimensions brilliantly.
The Desperate Housewife phenomenon goes beyond TV viewing. It has spawned computer games, calendars, boxed DVD sets and board games. It’s a hit with housewives, single women, married men, bachelors and pretty much everyone with a pulse!
Alexander Doll Company (ADC) has launched a terrific line of fashion dolls that capture the mood and nuances of the show’s leading ladies. Now, as we settle down on Sunday night to cheer on our favorite character or to hiss at their villainous trickery, to laugh at Susan’s latest disastrous pratfall or to sympathize with Lynette’s unexpected comeuppance, we can have three-dimensional renderings in hand. Tailored to resemble the actresses and outfits that have actually appeared on the show, the dolls are eye-catching and heart stopping. Being a little bit bad has never looked so good!
The Desperate Housewives dolls, from ADC, are the perfect complement to this ABC hit show. The rapturous women are all 16 inches tall, limited to 350 pieces and priced at $129.95. Now, if we can only convince the Alexander design team to come up with some hunky male dolls! There’s Carlos, Mike, Tom, Ian, Orson…well, the list just goes on. You go, girls!
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The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.
The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.
To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:
The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2009 no award presented
2010 Helen Kish
2011 no award presented
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat.
You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.
19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014
A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.