Felicity Huffman, who plays Lynette on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, told reporters Sunday night that she thinks the show could have gone one more season after the 2011-12 one, though the network announced that this upcoming season will be the show’s swan song.
So the show will end after being on-air eight seasons.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Huffman told reporters on Sunday night, Aug. 7, 2011, " ‘I think we probably could have gone to nine, but I think it was too much of a risk to take and they really value [creator] Marc [Cherry] and the show.’ "
Added Brenda Strong, who plays Mary Alice on the show, " ‘When anything is good, you don’t want it to end. … We were all hoping there would be a ninth year,’ said Strong, who acknowledged that her initial reaction when her reps informed her was sadness," according to THR article.
As for series creator Marc Cherry, he told TV critics at the TCA tour, "I wanted to go out when the network still saw us as a viable show and doing well in ratings," reports Eonline.com. "I’ve worked in TV for 23 years and I’m very aware of shows that overstay their welcome. I wanted to go out in the classiest way possible… Harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it, especially when you have such an amazing cast."
The E.online story adds, "Although Cherry and new ABC Entertainment head honcho Paul Lee had talked about taking D.H. into a ninth season, there are no plans to cram two seasons’ worth of storylines into this last eight season. ‘If we’d gone nine, I had no idea what it was gonna be,’ Cherry admitted. Instead, season eight’s ‘mystery hearkens back to the first season, going back to the roots of Mary Alice [Brenda Strong]. This feels right for that mystery to take us out this year.’
"When asked about revisiting the character of Edie—played by Nicollette Sheridan, with whom Cherry had a famously contentious relationship—Cherry said, ‘I have an idea for the last episode in which I want to pay homage to everyone who’s been on the show.’ "