'Housewives' creator far from 'Desperate' over ending


"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry's had an emotional couple of days.

As work broke that the show's coming season -- its eighth -- would be its last, Cherry was calling the show's actors to let them know about what, he insisted, was a mutual decision between the network and the show's producers.

By Sunday, as ABC was making the announcement official and making Cherry available to answer a few questions, he'd managed, he said, to reach a little more than half the cast.

"I got emotional with Eva, because I love Eva more than life itself," he said.

All "the women knew it was a possibility, but they didn't know [for sure], so there was a touch of shock," he said. "People said some lovely things to me about how I changed their lives and their careers, and I said it back to them," said Cherry, who reminded reporters that he'd been a long out-of-work sitcom writer when ABC bought the pilot for "Desperate Housewives."

He described some of the "Housewives" cast as "people who are…smart enough to be grateful" for their experience on the show, particularly those who, like Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross, had been on hit shows before and knew how rare it is for lightning to strike twice.

"The second wave people are smart enough to know how lucky they are," Cherry said.

The writer, who's already at work on other projects as part of a development deal with ABC, isn't interested in a "Desperate" spinoff.

"I don't want to be one of those guys who just repeats himself constantly," he said.

In the final season, "we're going back to the roots of Mary Alice," the Brenda Strong character who committed suicide at the show's beginning and became its narrator.

It's a plan that Cherry, who'd once thought the series shouldn't go more than seven seasons, insisted wouldn't be compromised by having to end the show next spring.

"There's no shoving of two seasons together," he said.