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ABC confirmed rumors that Desperate Housewives will be ending after season 8.

Paul Lee, ABC president and Marc Cherry, Desperate Housewives series creator made the announcement Sunday at Television Critic Association press tour session.

The 8th season is set to begin September 25, 2011 and most probably will end May 2012.

Desperate Housewives ends after season 8

Desperate Housewives ends after season 8

Desperate Housewives show brought in huge ratings from the beginning, with an average of more than 20 million viewers at first two seasons. Ratings have slowly declined since its 7th season, which only brought in 1/2 the viewers at about 11 million. Critics have claimed the show “jumped the shark” in its 5th season.

According to Access Hollywood, Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry referring to   the show’s end at the TCA’s Summer Session, said:

“I’ve spoken to over half of [the cast about the end of the show]. It was actually kind of bittersweet and lovely, because the women knew that it was a possibility, but they didn’t know, so there was a touch of shock, but not completely.”

Then, Cherry added,

“I love my cast.” 

Paul Lee referred to the ABC fun drama as “an iconic show” and said

“I just wanted to make sure it had its victory lap.”

 In addition, Marc Cherry said:

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“I wanted to go out when the network still saw us as a viable show and a force to contend with. We felt from a creative standpoint that this was the right time. I feel so good about it.”

Talking about the 8th season story line, Cherry highlighted that it will bring things full circle and will be focused on the “roots” of Mary Alice Young.

Mary Alice Young is the woman whose mysterious death was the basis for the first season.

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At the end of the session, Cherry said he has “an idea for the last episode” in order to “pay homage” to the multiple cast members who have appeared on the show during the time. Regarding the inclusion of Edie Britt, a character played by Nicollette Sheridan –  who sued him in 2010 for allegedly physically assaulting her while she was on the show – Cherry said,

“I don’t know how I would do that.”


ABC president Paul Lee and Marc Cherry at TCA 2011 Summer Press Tour

ABC president Paul Lee and Marc Cherry at TCA 2011 Summer Press Tour

Desperate Housewives started in 2003 and shot Teri Hatcher back to prime-time telly fame (as Lois Lane) .

For the last season, producers have announced that the series will be accessible to both “loyal fans” and viewers who “may not be entirely familiar with its history”.

We gonna see the girls trying to cover up the death of Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) evil stepdad, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) and Tom’s marriage fall apart and Renee (Vanessa Williams) digging her claws into a “sexy new neighbour”.