David 30 Jun 2009 http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/06/drea-de-matteo-joining-desperate-housewives.html Exclusive: 'Desperate Housewives' recruits 'Sopranos' vet Drea de Matteo by Michael Ausiello Afraid Desperate Housewives would lose its edge without Nicolette Sheridan's Edie around? You can fuhgettaboutit. Emmy-winning Sopranos heroine Drea de Matteo is joining the cast as Wisteria Lane's newest vixenish housewife, sources confirm to me exclusively. De Matteo, who will be a series regular, will play the matriarch of a new Italian family. Casting is underway for her landscape designer husband and their tightly wound son. Thoughts? IMHO, this is the second coolest piece of casting of the 2009-10 season (behind Katee Sackhoff joining 24, natch). Agree?