Coolidge is known for her supporting roles in several comedy movies and guest spots on television. The film went on to become a moderate box office hit despite negative critical reviews. Coolidge nearly received the role of Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives , but it eventually went to Felicity Huffman. During its second season, she went from a series regular to a more prominent role, appearing in 37 out of 46 episodes in the series. NBC officially canceled the series in May citing low ratings.