'Footballer's Wives' Comes to America

It's the show that makes sizzling "Desperate Housewives (search)" look like a day on Walton's Mountain. It has lashings of sex, shopping, scandal, sex, murder, drugs, more sex and, umm, soccer.

It is the television series with no shame that has taken Britain by storm, and now "Footballer's Wives (search)" arrives here this Sunday at 9 p.m. on BBC America (search) to steal away husbands (and viewers) of the ladies of Wisteria Lane.

Although the word "football" is in the title, all the scoring in this over-the-top soap opera takes place off the field and under the covers.

"Wives" merges two British passions -- soccer and strumpets. It follows the fortunes of fictional top London soccer club Earl's Park and the players' wives, who live in oversized mansions of breathtaking vulgarity and spend their days falling out of their too-tight Versace dresses.

All the women in "Wives" are tough minxes with exotic names -- Chardonnay Lane-Pascoe, for example -- and no morals.

But the worst is Tanya Turner (Zoe Lucker), a bitter, jealous, coke-sniffing, vodka-swilling blonde who cheats, seduces and murders without breaking a manicured nail. Tanya may even give "Desperate Housewives'" sexpot Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan) a run for her money -- and her men.