Drea De Matteo Joins Desperate Housewives

06/30/2009 at 12:00 AM EDT

Drea De Matteo Joins Desperate Housewives
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An Emmy winner for her role as Adriana, the put-upon -- and put-down -- girlfriend of Christopher (Michael Imperoli) on The Sopranos, and sister Gina on the short-lived Joey (with Matt LeBlanc), Drea de Matteo proves once again she's one of the hardest working actresses on TV. Her next stop: Wisteria Lane.

EW.com reports that de Matteo, 37, will join the cast of Desperate Housewives as the head of a new Italian family that moves on to the block. Also inhabiting her house: a landscape architect husband and a neurotic son. (Their casting is still to come.)

Last season, the show, which premiered in October 2004, lost series regular Nicollette Sheridan, who played the bombshell Edie. -- Stephen M. Silverman

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