Drea De Matteo joins ‘Desperate Housewives’

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‘Desperate Housewives’ has recruited its sixth housewife.

With Nicolette Sheridan’s Edie Britt dead for good, ABC confirms that producers have signed Emmy-winning ‘Sopranos’ actress Drea De Matteo to join the cast as Wisteria Lane’s newest housewife.

Michael Ausiello reports that Matteo will play ‘the matriarch of a new Italian family.’ A source tells him casting is also underway for ‘her landscape designer husband and their tightly wound son.’

-- Denise Martin