LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross, who is expecting twins, has been placed on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy, forcing production of her hit TV show to shift into her real-life living room.
At the end of this week, the “Housewives” production crew will take over the downstairs of Cross’ west Los Angeles home for two days to shoot the last two episodes that she was planning to appear in this season, an ABC network spokesman said on Wednesday.
Cross, 44, moved into the house just months ago with her stockbroker husband, Tom Mahoney, whom she married in June of last year.
Her publicist, Heidi Slan, confirmed that doctors had placed Cross on bed rest last week, but added, “This is a precautionary move only” due to her pregnancy with twins.
The red-headed actress has earned a string of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role as the perfectionist homemaker Bree Van de Kamp on the popular prime-time soap.
She co-stars with Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan as a group of women bound together by various intrigues played out on the seemingly quiet suburban cul-de-sac of Wisteria Lane.
“Desperate Housewives” producers had planned to wrap up Bree’s story line for the season with just two more episodes after the February 11 show, as Cross’s expanding waistline became harder to conceal and her character is not pregnant.
But with the actress now confined to her home, producers decided to bring the show to her, sending in crews to transform the lower level of her house into a stage set matching the interior of Bree’s extremely tidy home.
“They are painting the walls, moving in props and furniture from the set,” a source from the show told TV Guide magazine, which first reported the story. “They’re basically making Marcia’s house into Bree’s.”
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