Susan's boozy aunt Rhoda!

Television icon Valerie Harper will reportedly join “Desperate Housewives” in 2011 as Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) Aunt Claire. The show’s executive producer Bob Daily to TV Guide columnist William Keck that Harper’s character is a woman “who likes her booze” and will visit her niece in the hospital (Susan is injured in the midseason riot cliffhanger) when the series returns in January. Along with Aunt Claire, Susan’s mother, Sophie, played by Lesley Ann Warren, will also return.