The creator of Desperate Housewives didn't want to cast MARCIA CROSS in the hit show - because she reminded him too much of his mother.

While it was relatively easy for Cherry to choose the comedy's other castmembers, he initially found it tough to embrace Cross as obsessive-compulsive housewife BREE VAN DE CAMP.

He says, "I wasn't sure about Marcia... She was perfect, (but) I think she was too much like my mother. I think that scared me.

"I have to say that when we initially got it all worked out and Marcia came aboard, it was like I think the second day of shooting, 'I was like, 'Oh, I'm stupid!'"

10/03/2005 02:44