It’s official: Desperate Housewives will end its eight-season run in May, ABC president Paul Lee confirmed Sunday morning at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
“It’s an iconic show and we’re extremely proud of it,” said Lee. “I just wanted to make sure it had its victory lap.”
Housewives creator Marc Cherry said he didn’t want to overstay his welcome. “I wanted to go out when the network still saw us as a viable show and a force to contend with,” he told reporters. “We felt from a creative standpoint that this was the right time. I feel so good about it.”
Cherry admitted that “there was a touch of shock” when he informed the cast of the news. “I’ve spoken to over half of them,” he said. “It was bittersweet and lovely, because the women knew there was the possibility… They said some very lovely things to me about how I’ve changed their lives and careers. I truly, truly love every one of them. [They] fill me up with such emotion inside; I love my cast. [They're] people who are smart enough to be grateful.”
As for the inevitable spin-off question, Cherry said that he joked to Eva Longoria, “‘I was going to put you in a van and have you solve mysteries!’ The truth is I sort of thought about [a spin-off] a little bit, but as a writer … I don’t want repeat things I’ve done.” To that end, Cheery says that his next project, Hallelujah (now being redeveloped for ABC), is “such a different animal.”