Drea De Matteo Doing Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives is getting a little East Coast attitude next season, thanks to Drea de Matteo.

The former Sopranos star is joining the cast of ABC’s Housewives next season, the network confirms. She’ll be a regular on the show, playing a new resident of Wisteria Lane — and perhaps filling the brassy blonde role left open by the death of Nicollette Sheridan’s Edie Britt at the end of last season.

De Matteo’s character is a native New Yorker who moves to the supposedly more serene environs of Fairview with her husband and teenage son. Those parts haven’t been cast yet.

De Matteo is, of course, best known for playing Adriana on The Sopranos, where she met with an untimely death after becoming an FBI informant. She also starred in NBC’s Friends spinoff Joey and had a recurring part on FX’s Sons of Anarchy last year.

Desperate Housewives returns to ABC on Sept. 27.

Source: Zap2It