It’s curtains for ‘Desperate Housewives’

Get ready for your last stroll down Wisteria Lane.

ABC is expected to announce on Sunday that it is pulling the plug on Desperate Housewives at the end of the upcoming season.

The report surprised many in the industry because the show’s very hands-on creator Marc Cherry has been saying for some time that he planned to wrap things up after the ninth season, i.e., in May 2013. He stepped down as showrunner last spring but is still serving as a consultant.

Another sign that this decision was abrupt: ABC had recently completed lengthy contract negotiations with the series’ stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria to keep them through this year and next.

The innovative soap, which combined comedy, romance and suspense, has been a Sunday night staple for its entire run.

Nikki Finke who broke the story on her website Deadline, wrote that the four actresses are “shocked and saddened”. And maybe just a little bit desperate.

The eighth and final season of Desperate Housewives will commence Sept. 25.


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