Vanity Fair's cover proclaims: "You wouldn't believe what it took just to get this photo!" The article acknowledges that the poolside photo-shoot, in which the five women appear in different colored bathing suits, was manned by an ABC representative who was to make sure that certain demands were met — including that Teri Hatcher didn't select her wardrobe first or appear in the center of any group photo.
"Whatever you do," the ABC rep, who wasn't identified by name, said when he arrived on the set, "do not let Teri go to wardrobe first."
Despite the rep's plea, Hatcher was the first "housewife" to visit wardrobe, and she had consulted with the stylist days in advance. At one point, the rep proclaimed: "This is a problem. I'm getting text messages from Eva (Longoria). Everything is not fine."
The struggles continued once the photographer started snapping. Redhead Marcia Cross turned red-hot when she saw Hatcher standing next to her in the center of the shot, according to the article. Cross grabbed her bathrobe and stormed off, spewing expletives at the ABC rep.
Hatcher, who won a Golden Globe for her role, later walked to the other end of the set, where "she got into a tearful, heated conversation on her cell phone."
Also in the article, the women discuss the media blitz surrounding the show and its stars. Huffman believes a "Desperate" backlash is imminent while Cross just ignores it all.
"Honestly, I don't read it," Cross told Vanity Fair of the media coverage. "And I don't even watch the show right now. It's too much. It's just too much..."
"Desperate Housewives," a comedy-drama about suburban angst, is ABC's top-rated series of the current season with 22.8 million weekly viewers and ranks fourth for the season to date among all shows.
ABC announced Tuesday it is bringing back the show next year, along with its other first-year hit "Lost."
"Desperate Housewives" helped pull ABC out of a protracted ratings slump. The network is No. 2 in average weekly viewers for the season so far, compared to its distant fourth-place status at the same time last year.