Marc Cherry showed up at the ABC Television Critics Association press tour to talk about his decision to end Desperate Housewives at the end of the eighth season.
“Because I worked in television for 23 years, I am aware of people overstaying their welcome,” the series creator said. “I just didn’t want that to happen to Desperate Housewives. I wanted to go out while the network still saw us as a viable show and a force to be contended with.”
Cherry, who added that the only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it, also said that he had reached out to about half the cast last Friday and that the women – Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross – had known it was a possibility that the series was would wrap at the end of this season.
“There are a couple of cast members that I haven’t talked to yet,” he admits. “It was bittersweet but lovely. With everyone I spoke to, people said lovely things to me about how I changed their lives and careers and I said it back to them.”
Cherry also pointed out that the mystery that is taking place in season eight harkens back to the first season secret that caused Mary Alice (Brenda Strong) to take her life.
“This feels right for the mystery that will take us out,” he says.
Desperate Housewives premieres Sunday, September 25 at 9 p.m. on ABC.