Desperate Housewives actors had been signed to a ninth season, according to USA Today, but producers decided to end the run sooner. Paul Lee, the president of entertainment for ABC, confirmed that this season eight would be the last.
According to the New York Times, Mr. Lee said that the network and the show’s creator, Marc Cherry decided to make the call before the season started to make sure the show “would have a victory lap.”
“The only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it,” Cherry said, reported Mercury News. “We wanted to go out when the network still saw us as a viable show and a force to contend with, we wanted to go out in the classiest way possible.”
The show follows a group of women living on Wisteria Lane, with their lives narrated by their dead neighbor, Mary Alice. The show stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp and Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis. Cherry said of the final season, it would go “back to the roots” of the show in the death of Mary Alice and said there would be no spin-off.
ABC reported that the series ranks sixth among ABC shows, trailing Dancing with the Stars, Castle, Body of Proof, Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Familyamong all viewers.
The eighth season will air September 25.