“Desperate Housewives” Ending In May

Bad news, Dramedy Fans: Longrunning primetime soap Desperate Housewives will end its eight-year run in 2012.

“The only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it,” series creator Marc Cherry explained during a Television Critics Association press junket on Sunday, confirming months of grapevine gossip.

Cherry says he wanted to end things while there was stil a chance that people would actually miss the show.

“I’m also very aware of people overstaying their welcome, shows that go on too long and people just forget about them. They drift away into nothing, and they’re unceremoniously booted off,” he said. “I didn’t want it to happen to Desperate Housewives. While we are still a force to be reckoned with, I wanted to go off in the classiest way possible.”

The hit comedy drama debuted in 2004 and became an instant success. While Desperate Housewives remains the 24th most-watched primetime show on American broadcast TV, its since its ratings split in half over the past few seasons.

Cherry promises that the final season would return the series to its roots and tie back to the first season with a storyline about the death of Mary Alice.

The eighth and final season of Desperate Housewives premieres Sept. 25.

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