ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee confirmed on Sunday that the eighth season of “Desperate Housewives” will be the series’ last.
“I just wanted to make sure this show that sort of put this network on the map — certainly the new brand of this network for the last six or seven years — had its victory lap,” Lee told journalists gathered at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Lee was joined by “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry during the press conference, who admitted, “I’m [aware] of people overstaying their welcome. I just didn't want that to happen to ‘Desperate Housewives.’ I wanted to go out while the network still saw us as a viable show, while we were still doing well in the ratings. … I wanted to go out in kind of the classiest way possible.”
Cherry reached out to the cast members about the news, but said he hadn’t yet spoken to all of them. “The women knew that it was a possibility, so there was a touch of shock — but not completely,” he said. He called the tone of the conversations “bittersweet and lovely.”
Cherry shared more particulars about his phone call with star Eva Longoria, saying he loves the actress “more than life itself,” and that he told her “I'm just going to put you in a van and have you solve mysteries” on a spin-off series. Alas, he was joking.
Back on Wisteria Lane, expect a return to the roots of the show for in its final year. “The mystery of this season hearkens back to the first season with Mary Alice [Brenda Strong],” Cherry said. “This feels right as the mystery to take us out.”
As for the big finale? “I have an idea for the last episode in which I want to [pay] homage to everyone that's been there before, you know, who's been on the show,” Cherry said when asked if Nicollette Sheridan’s character, Edie, may make an appearance. “So we'll see what happens with that.”
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