Desperate Housewives duo forced to defend show's axe
Story by Jack Foley
DESPERATE Housewives creator Marc Cherry and ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee have been forced to defend the decision to bring an end to the long-running show.
Emphasising that they wanted the show to quit while still on top, Lee told the US press tour: “I just want to make sure this network that put this show on the map had its victory lap.”
He was echoed by Cherry, who added: “I wanted to go out while the network still saw us as a viable show while we we’re still doing well in the ratings. I wanted to go out in the classiest way possible.”
Various US publications announced that the eighth season of Desperate Housewives would be its final one on Saturday, 24 hours ahead of ABC’s official announcement on Sunday.
But while some cast members expressed disappointment via Twitter, prompting suggestions that they hadn’t been formally told, series regulars Felicity Huffman (Lynette), Marcia Cross (Bree) and Brenda Strong (Mary Alice) moved to prevent any such rumours from gaining momentum.
All three of the actresses heard the news on Friday, with Cross finding out from her manager and then emailing Huffman.
They then appeared at the network’s Television Critics Association cocktail party to deliver their own views on the news.
Huffman commented: “I think we probably could have gone to nine but I think it was too much of a risk to take and they really value [creator] Marc [Cherry] and the show.”
She went on to say that executive producers George Perkins and Bob Daily came to the set Friday and made an announcement to everyone.
“It was very quiet,” she added. “Everyone was that odd combination of really sad and very sorry and, at the same time, very grateful.”
Cross, meanwhile, said everyone was happy to be able to finish the long-running series on their terms.
“I was glad that it was finally out there and decided, because I felt like it was coming and I was saying, ‘Hey guys, i think this is coming,’ and everybody was saying ‘no’,” she said.
Another rumour that has been laid to rest is that the final season would feature the return of Nicollette Sheridan.
But the actress told the Today show on Monday that she won’t be returning for the eighth season and that such rumours were news to her.
When pressed on the issue, she added: “I had an amazing time playing that character. I loved her dearly, but they killed her! She’s dead.”
As for what to expect from the final season, Cross teased: “There will be some different emotional layers that you haven’t seen before and some interesting things will be revealed about one of the current characters on the Lane.”
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