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Is It All Over for 'Desperate Housewives'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 12th 2011 8:30AM
'Desperate Housewives'Is the end nigh for 'Desperate Housewives'? It's been reported that the upcoming eighth season may be the last for the residents of Wisteria Lane.

According to TV Guide, ABC execs and the show's producers could decide the fate of the veteran drama by early August. However, there is a chance they could wait and see how Season 8 performs before they decide.

A source close to the show said that, "It's all dependent on the ratings. It will be up against some stiff competition." Gulp.

Although last season 'Housewives' was the 24th most-watched prime-time show among broadcast networks, audience numbers were down by around 50 percent from its Season 1 glory days.

When Season 8 premieres in the fall it will air opposite CBS's 'The Good Wife' and NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' (barring an NFL lockout) as well as strong cable programming.

It's not the first time 'Desperate Housewives' has seemed destined for the chopping block. Creator Marc Cherry is said to have toyed with ending the series a few times and had originally planned to wrap it up after Season 7.

Although both Cherry and executive producer Bob Daily are under contract for Season 8 (and a possible Season 9), there have been rumblings that the producers and network may decide to go out with a bang in 2012 rather than stretch things out for another year.

Nothing's been decided yet, but ABC knows the question will be a key one when the network meets with reporters on August 7 at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. That's why some insiders believe a decision could be made by then.

If the network does adopt a wait and see policy then it could exercise its options to bring back stars Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria for the fall 2012 season.

'Desperate Housewives' Season 8 premieres Sunday Sept. 25, 9PM ET on ABC.

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amiwright

Why isn't Vanessa Williams picture with them. She is the only reason I begin watching the show.

July 13 2011 at 9:23 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
markhelfgott

GOOD!

July 13 2011 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smacstu

last season was horrible=time to pull the plug!

July 12 2011 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sheriff508

Gee whiz- do you posters have NOTHING better to do, than watch this TRIPE?? How about volunteering somewhere, to HELP someone?? I watched 10 minutes of it, way back when, and it was like throwing myself on a grenade- TOTALLY vapid, with NO redeeming issues!!!

July 12 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
sheriff508

Bunch of White trash, not one scintilla of intelligence- MUCH like the MSM!!! LOL

July 12 2011 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kostavic

FINALLY!!

July 12 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Kimberly

One of my favorite shows, I guess I will be leaving the networks ...and strictly sticking to cable t.v.

July 12 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lthrnck68

If it does get cancelled, I won't miss it.

July 12 2011 at 7:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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moudsie

Really -- I liked this show at first, but now it's turned into a soap opera--time for it to hang it up.

July 12 2011 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
deesd5

Show is tired and needs euthanasia

July 12 2011 at 7:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
RoyceDex

Good!!! Glad to see it go....maybe the neighbor hood women will wise up and quit actin like these silly broads and be a little more considerate towards other people. Just sayin!!

July 12 2011 at 7:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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