US TV's dramatic changes

American TV audiences are set for a giant shake-up of their favourite programmes, which will see 'Ugly Betty' actress Vanessa Williams move to 'Desperate Housewives'

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Desperate Housewife Vanessa Williams

Desperate Housewife Vanessa Williams

American TV audiences are set for a giant shake-up of their favourite programmes.

Fans of some of the country's biggest shows are due for a surprise as network bosses reveal upcoming changes, shock new characters and a number of programmes which have been axed from the television screen.

One of the biggest new moves is former 'Ugly Betty' actress Vanessa Williams' new contract with 'Desperate Housewives' - where she will move onto Wisteria Lane alongside the show's regular characters.

Creator Marc Cherry told TV Guide Magazine: "I'm a big fan of Vanessa's work and I'm so excited that she'll be moving into the neighbourhood next season to cause trouble in all the ladies' lives."

CW Television Network have also made drastic changes, axing teen drama 'Melrose Place' - which reprised a new series in September 2009 and starred Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.

This week, the network has also renewed 'Life Unexpected' and 'One Tree Hill' and signed up two new programmes 'Hellcats' - which is about a cheerleader - and 'Nikita', starring Maggie Q as a spy and assassin in a US government agency.

Meanwhile, CBS has also axed several long-running shows, including Jennifer Love Hewitt's 'Ghost Whisperer' and comedy 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' - which will both end after series five.

However, ABC is rumoured to be interested in both shows.

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