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Desperate Housewives: Stars React to News of TV Show Ending

Stars of Desperate Housewives were swarmed at the TCA press tour following the announcement that the TV series is coming to a close. Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, and Brenda Strong were among those in attendance.

When the news first broke, Cross wrote to her Twitter followers, “Desperate Housewives fans thank you for all of your love and support!!!!!” At the event, Cross said that she believes that the time is right for the show to end but acknowledges the decision is bittersweet. She learned about the news from her manager.

As to what she’d like to see happen in the last season, Cross said, “I want to see my fellows again. I had the best male co-stars; I want to see them back.” That might be a little difficult since some of them were killed off on the show. Of course, there are always flashbacks and there’s been no shortage of those over the years.

Huffman was feeling good about the decision to end the show but shared that that wasn’t her initial reaction when she found out via an e-mail from Cross. The actress shared, “I wasn’t exactly shocked but you always hope for the best, so I was really sad.”

Of creator Marc Cherry’s desire to bring the show full circle and revisit the Mary Alice mystery, a storyline that’s been resolved and revisited a couple times, Huffman noted, “It will have to be a new well, you can’t go back to the same well twice… You don’t want to jump the shark in your final season.”

Strong, who plays Mary Alice and narrates the show, noted that Cherry’s plans aren’t a surprise, “Marc has always said that he intended for Mary Alice to have a bigger presence in the final season.” If that’s true, Strong will have to juggle that with her commitment to the new Dallas where she’s playing the new wife of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy).

What do you think? Is it a mistake to revisit the Mary Alice storyline once again?

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Cindy February 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I personally enjoyed this show. It wasn’t one of those annoyingly stupid sitcoms that add laugh tracks. If writers have to add laugh tracks to their show it gives you a good indication that they think your too stupid to know when to laugh. The only other reason would be is to hope they can “fool” a person to think it’s funny.


Roseofsharon September 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Be creative, no more Mary Alice. Let Gabby get her daughter back, Susan get well (transplant), Let Bri get her man, Lynette and her husband fall back in love and call it a day!


JackTheRipper August 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Desperate times call for desperate housewives.


tedolan August 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I completely agree with you Bruce! Loved Life on Mars & Detroit 1-8-7 — I rarely watch ABC at night — I’m over 18 and not yet 49 but I have a brain so their shows really have no appeal.


Bruce August 10, 2011 at 9:25 am

Finally. It was stupid from day 1. ABC please explain to me, how you cancel compelling scripted shows like LIFE ON MARS and DETROIT 1-8-7, and keep drivel like this. Oh that’s right I remember….all you care about is the “18-49 year old” demographic, and if your 60 year old “ratings system” says people are watching. Did they have DVR’s in 1948?



Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Yes yes enough of that


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