After seven seasons narrating “Desperate Housewives,” Brenda Strong was surprised to reap her first Emmy bid this year. As she revealed to senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, the show’s awards success in the early years created, “a small expectation that maybe I would get nominated for voiceover, but after six seasons passed, I really wasn’t expecting anything. For me, it’s the cherry on top of the sundae.” Strong competes for Best Voice-Over Performance against previous winners Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”), Seth Green (“Robot Chicken”), and Christopher Plummer (“Moguls and Movie Stars”) plus Bob Bergen (“The Looney Tunes Show”) and Maurice LaMarche (“Futurama”).
Strong plays Mary Alice Young, a neighbor of the housewives, who committed suicide in the show’s premiere episode in October, 2004. Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, and Felicity Huffman were nominated for Emmys that first season as Best Comedy Actress, with Huffman winning. Kathryn Joosten won Best Comedy Guest Actress in 2005 and 2008.
While Strong has the lone Emmy nod for the show this year, back in 2005, it earned 15 nominations including one for Best Comedy Series, a race it lost to “Everybody Loves Raymond.” It was one of the big breakout hits of that season and, as Strong recalled, “It was a surreal experience, I have to say. There had never in my experience been such a social uprising for a show I had been on. It was almost literally an overnight success.”
Show producers and network executives recently announced that the program would end following its upcoming eighth season, a statement that caught many of the cast and crew off guard since they had negotiated for a ninth season as well. Strong said, “We’re all in such a place of gratitude that we get to know this is our last year and enjoy every single moment of it.”