‘Desperate Housewife’ dips toes in animation
LOS ANGELES: Eva Longoria wants to shake up TV animation starting with one meaningful character: a woman stumbling through motherhood.
“I’m a fan of animation and I watch Family Guy and I watch American Dad! and you always see these really flawed fathers and the really perfect mom who is trying to hold the family together because the dads, they’re just idiots,” said Longoria.
She voices the character of Rudi Wilson in the 13-episode comedy Mother Up! debuting on Wednesday on Hulu.com. Longoria also is an executive producer of the series in which Rudi, a former Manhattan music executive, resettles in suburbia with her two children.
She’s got street smarts but is fumbling in her new environment. When Rudi tries to compete in the can-you-top-this arena of kids’ birthday parties, disaster results.
Executive producer Michael Shipley (whose writing credits include Family Guy and American Dad!) was inspired by the “venting blogosphere” of mommy blogs that chronicle the perils of childrearing, Longoria said.
Shipley’s approach is “a really fun, impressive way into poking fun at the different styles of parenting that moms have”, said the former Desperate Housewives star. – Sapa-AP