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A ‘Desperate’ era comes to an end Sunday night

Published 05/10/2012, Contra Costa Times/ MCT

It was the shot heard ‘round the world _ or at least in living rooms across America. Viewers tuned to ABC on the night of Oct. 3, 2004, had barely settled into their recliners for the premiere episode of “Desperate Housewives,” when one of the show’s characters, Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong), picked up a revolver and put a bullet in her brain.

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