Post by Mike Spadoni on Jul 12, 2011 12:52:48 GMT 1
The upcoming eighth season of "Desperate Housewives" could be the last for the Wisteria Lane ladies. "TVGuide.com" reports creator Marc Cherry and ABC are discussing whether to wrap up the long-running comedy-drama in May 2012, or go for a ninth year. And there could be an answer when the Television Critics Association holds its summer press tour next month. (Inquiring minds truly want to know.) But some observers believe the network will wait until the early ratings come out, and whether "Desperate Housewives" will see yet another year-to-year audience decline. And there's reason for worry: Not only will "Housewives" go up against NBC's Sunday night football games (if the NFL settles its dispute against the league's players), but CBS is moving its critically acclaimed drama "The Good Wife" against "Desperate Housewives," hoping to grab a share of the female audience. And with ABC launching a batch of new series, it may decide to renew "DH" for a ninth season if the new entries flop with viewers. (The show's four main stars-- Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria--are under contract for a ninth year if ABC gives the go-ahead.) As a big fan of the early seasons--and not happy with recent plot developments--I would only suggest that ABC, Cherry and company create the best final season ever, then let "Desperate Housewives" go with its reputation intact. No good can come from disappointing storylines or tired situations. "DH" deserves to go out with a bang, not a whimper.
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