Desperate Housewives’ will come to an end in 2012.
It has been confirmed that the long running drama series – set in Wisteria Lane in the fictional American town of Fairview in the Eagle State – will end next May, after it’s final eighth series comes to an end.
ABC President Paul Lee said: “It’s an iconic show and we’re extremely proud of it. I just wanted to make sure it had its victory lap.”
Showrunner Marc Cherry admitted the cast – which includes Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria – were shocked when they heard he and Paul had taken the decision to end the show.
He said: “There was a touch of shock. I’ve spoken to over half of them.
“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.”
Cherry also confirmed that he did consider making a spin-off of the hugely popular show, however he would rather go out on a high instead.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, he said: “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.
“I wanted to go out when the network still saw us as a viable show and a force to contend with. We felt from a creative standpoint that this was the right time. I feel so good about it.”
Following the announcement, Eva later took to her twitter page to pay tribute to ‘Desperate Housewives’ and thank fans for their support.
She wrote: “It’s confirmed! We are filming our last season of Desperate Housewives! I am so grateful for what the show has given…
“Wow! thank u everyone for your beautiful comments! We have such amazing fans! Watch this final season, it is going to be the best one!!(sic)”