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Felicity Huffman Says Farewell to 'Desperate Housewives'

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 25th 2011 12:00PM
Felicity HuffmanSunday nights aren't going to be the same without Lynette, Gaby, Bree and Susan, but fans have one more season of craziness on 'Desperate Housewives' (Season 8 premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 9PM ET on ABC).

In last season's cliffhanger, the women of Wisteria Lane had entered another conspiracy together, covering up the murder of Gaby's evil stepfather. But there's an even greater challenge facing the entire cast: How are they going to process the fact that this guilty pleasure will be going off the air at the end of this season?

AOL TV spoke to Felicity Huffman -- who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy after the show's first season -- regarding her feelings about the show ending and how she'd like to see things end up for Tom and Lynette.

Her answers may surprise you! Keep reason for more thoughts on what's sure to be a memorable final season.

What was your reaction to learning the show was ending?
I cried. I was sad. Grateful, but sad. I came home [from the studio] depressed. My daughter said to me, "Don't worry Mom, I'm sure you'll get another job." Bill [Macy, my husband] hugged me and said, "Great!" Then he saw I was sad and they were both comforting and excited.

How'd you find out?
I think Marc [Cherry, the show's creator] has known for a while. He's a terrible liar, which we've all benefited from in the past. He'd been staying away from the set, which is so funny. When he called me after I'd found out he said, "I'm so relieved because I couldn't come to the set because I can't keep my mouth shut, but now I can." I heard from Marcia [Cross], Eva [Longoria] wrote me, [the producers] came and made an announcement on the set, then it hit like lightning.

What would you like to see happen for Lynette in the finale?
My desires don't really come into play, but I'd like to see Tom and Lynette not get back together again. I think there's something horrible and real about that. I've heard that 50 percent of first marriages and 80 percent of second marriages fail. They'd have to deal with two houses and things. I love the Scavos -- I know that the community out there loves them together as a working marriage. I would like to see the dynamic shift in their marriage and for Lynette not be something that rhymes with "snitch."

What would you like to take with you of Lynette's?
What a good question! I'd like to take Gaby's Louboutin [shoes].

Sometimes series end with no notice; what's it like to have time to process the ending?
I think it's going to be lovely to have nine months to appreciate something that's ending because it's human nature -- when you know that something's finite, you appreciate it a little more. I think it's going to be a lovely nine months.

How important is it to you that the original four -- you, Teri Hatcher, Marcia and Eva -- are all there at the end?
I think that's a writer question. There's a chemistry in the show that's undefinable. It works like gangbusters and I couldn't tell you why. Yes, to make it a satisfying ending you keep the original four in there. But, gosh, Vanessa [Williams, who plays Renee] is so fantastic. She's so good!

Do you think 'DH' changed TV?
I'm not versed well enough in TV to say that it changed TV, but in terms of having women being over 40 as viable choices to lead a show has completely changed the landscape of television. You can't deny that women in their '40s can lead TV shows.

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October 24 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Absolutely love Desperate Housewives characters and chemistry of their give and take as the well as the developed mature, cleaver, and humorous dialogue. We will miss the entertainment.
We are soooo bored with tv writers who use only dumb/rude humor like it is funny instead of dumb/rude, or heavy action like it is worthwhile or real-(so many stars would be really dead in their 'real life' situations). We are tired of being peeping toms in fictional characters' sex lives like it should be real... That is not entertaining.
Writers can't claim to recreate visual reality and then call it fiction. There are too many impressionable viewers who copy the behavior. Anybody with kids knows that. We were kids and know which shows/info/behavior effected us.
Desperate Housewives' writers know how to have enough Separation of real from ridiculous, (not dumb).

September 26 2011 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

T.v. makes me sick l.o.l
Every time I get hooked on a show it always seems to get canceled for 1 reason or another..that makes me so sad. I truly love D.H.
I'm in my mid 20's...it's the only show that I can watch already seen before episodes on lifetime l.o.l
and make all my plan revolve around the new episodes on Sundays. Now, what will I have to look forward to on Sunday nights? I guess another soon to be canceled show. Thank you for so many years of great acting and great writing. I hope to see you ladies on other shows..I'M A FAN!

September 26 2011 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

(whoops, pressed submit by mistake......) These women are NOT our friends...why not spend time with real friends, be working out at the gym, or spending time with your husband/significant other instead of wasting your lives away citicizing actresses you feel are like "friends" for something they had little or nothing to do with.

While you sit around watching show after show, LIFE IS PASSING YOU BY, as your asses get bigger and your brain cells stagnate. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

September 26 2011 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sometimes, you "gotta know when to fold 'em". Maybe the producers/writers feel that they have taken the storyline as far as they feel it should go and this is the right time for it to end. Whatever the reason, it has been a very enjoyable run, and really fun to watch. The women (and men) are all really talent and, appear to be really nice people. I think we have heard great actor say, after the end of a "job" - whether it be a movie, a TV series, or a Broadway show, that they wonder if they'll ever work again. Like millions of others, I STiLL watch reruns (or dvds) of Mash, Seinfeld, Friends, and Sex and the City. But people, as much as this is an escape from reality; a chance to toon out the pressures of the day, GET REAL. These women are NOT our friends,

September 26 2011 at 7:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Lynette and all the other girls have been "friends in my head " since the first episode. I will for sure miss you but know that you will all be back either on tv or in the movies. Maybe Felicity can land a role on husband Bill's Shameless show. That would be rad!

September 26 2011 at 6:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jamie Valdez

i am sad this is the finale season of desperate housewifes i will miss bree and gaby and susan and lynette i will miss it but all good things must come to a end i hoping maybe their be a desperate housewifes movie or a tv reunion show

September 26 2011 at 4:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My favorite program, don't believe they are taking it off, are you guys idiots or what? You don't know when you have a good thing I guess, well good luck to the cast and hope your rating go down abc

September 26 2011 at 2:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not ready to say goodbey;I just started watching this show. I was never into soaps, but got hook on DH two years ago.The show is full of mystery, sexy and funny. I love al lthe characters even the villans.I'm sad to see them go and wish them the best of luck.

September 25 2011 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show was always so fun and entertaining to watch and never stressed me out. I will miss it! It was one of a kind!

September 25 2011 at 9:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply