After 8 Seasons “Deaperate Housewive” Will End

After 8 seasons, the ABC television series “Depaerate Housewives” will end. ABC chief Paul Lee made the announcement Sunday during the Television Critics Assn. media tour. “It is an iconic show,” Lee said. “We are so proud of it. I just wanted to make sure that this show that put this network on the map … had its victory lap, had a chance to really set out every episode and build an arc in its final season.”

“I wanted to go out when the network still saw us as a viable show and doing well in ratings,” The shows creator Marc Cherry told reporters. “I’ve worked in TV for 23 years and I’m very aware of shows that overstay their welcome. I wanted to go out in the classiest way possible… Harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it, especially when you have such an amazing cast.”

Cherry said discussions on when to end the show began more than a year ago, with talks about doing a season nine, though Cherry said he had had nothing planned story-wise for a ninth season. When asked about the cast’s reaction, Cherry said he’s spoken to half of the cast: “It was bittersweet and lovely,” he said. “The women knew it was a possibility. There was a touch of shock but not completely.”

The show features an ensemble cast, headed by Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp and Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis.

Brenda Strong narrates the show as the deceased Mary Alice Young, appearing sporadically in flashbacks or dreams.

Since its premiere on ABC on October 3, 2004, the show has been well received by viewers and critics alike. The show is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award winner. The series premiere drew 21.6 million viewers and the show’s first season finale attracted over 30 million viewers.

In 2007 it was reported to be the most popular show in its demographic worldwide, with an audience of approximately 120 million and was also reported that the series is the third most watched TV show in a study of ratings in 20 countries.

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 8, 2021
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