'Desperate Housewives' Opens New Season

With the return of "Desperate Housewives," (search) scads of pressing questions will be answered. Or at least addressed. Or something. Please!

Ever since the hit ABC (search) series wrapped its first season, fans have been marking time, itching to learn what lies ahead for Bree (Marcia Cross) whose husband Rex up and died on the finale.

Will the grieving widow have to defend herself against accusations by Rex's doctor that she — at one point a vengeful, cheated-on wife — is somehow responsible for his death? And what about George, Bree's creepy suitor? Can there be any doubt that this Bree-obsessed pharmacist tampered with Rex's medicine? When will the murderous scheme come to light?

But that's not all the show left hanging four long months ago.

Mike — the hunky plumber who dates Susan (Teri Hatcher (search)) — was last seen walking into an ambush by unhinged teenager Zach, who was holding Susan at gunpoint while holed up in Mike's house. How will Mike save the day?

Oh, and by the way, how is Zach gonna take the news that he's really Mike's son?

These and other matters will be dealt with (hope, hope!) in the season premiere airing 9 p.m. EDT Sunday, as "Desperate Housewives" resumes the narrative juggling act that made this mystery/melodrama/boudoir comedy last year's most popular new show.

It joins no fewer than a dozen new dramas that take a similarly serial approach to their storytelling — and whose arrival on the schedule "Desperate Housewives" surely helped inspire.

By now you already know that Lynette (just-crowned Emmy winner Felicity Huffman) is going back to work and leaving her hubby to play Mr. Mom. Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) is expecting a child — maybe her husband's, maybe not — as her husband heads to jail. Susan's ex will get it on with Edie ( Nicollette Sheridan). And Betty (new cast member Alfre Woodard) settles in with Some Sort of Secret only her teenage son shares.

In short, complications run wild on Wisteria Lane, where each answer seems to breed only yet another question.