The creator and executive producer of a longrunning hit series who told television critics at a TCA gathering last year that he wouldn’t continue the show beyond a seventh season has changed his mind.
Marc Cherry extended his contract with ABC Studios for two years, and part of the deal is that he will remain exec producer of "Desperate Housewives" for an eighth and ninth season, Variety reports.
The show is now in its sixth season, so the extension could keep “Housewives” on the air through 2013. Key cast members are only signed through the 2010-11 season, however.
Cherry’s top deputy on the show, Bob Daily, also extended his ABC Studios’ contract by two years and will take a more active role running the show.
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