“Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry will step in front of the camera to make a cameo in the show’s series finale, or as he deemed it, “pull a Hitchcock.” He added, “The hair and make-up people will go through more hell that day.” Though he refused to reveal any details about the show’s final episode during Tuesday’s “Housewives” panel at TCA, he said that he has known exactly how it will end for a long time. “The last act, which I have had in my head for seven and a half years, is absolutely [what I planned.] What was cool was the day that I shared it with the writers because I’d been kind of keeping it to myself. And, of course as always happens with my wonderful writers, I said, ‘This is what I’m doing,’ and they started adding things. But the general premise has always been the same.”
Cherry also vowed that this would truly be the final chapter for the women of Wisteria Lane. There will not be any movies or spin-offs. “I’m never sending any of the cast to Dubai,” he said, referencing the second “Sex and the City” movie. Cherry revealed that more characters from the show’s first seven seasons would return before the finale, though the only name he revealed was Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) daughter Julie (Andrea Bowen).
The mood was wistful and nostalgic, as Cherry at the cast discussed the impact that the show has had on their lives and on television as a whole. “This is like having the funeral before we die,” quipped Felicity Huffman (Lynette). Cherry acknowledged that the “Real Housewives” reality franchise would not exist without “Desperate Housewives,” quipping, “I want residuals.” He was also recalled a journalist telling him that anorexia increased among women over 40 after the show premiered. Cherry also acknowledged that, thanks to DH, all networks are buying pilots that were written on spec and giving little known writers more chances.
He cited some storylines that he was reluctant to tackle. “I didn’t think we’d ever be able to split Tom and Lynette up. That relationship is so treasured. We finally put the characters through so much strum and drang that finally the writers were like, ‘Let’s just split them apart.’ And the fans have loved it this year.”
In contrast, he never expected Carlos (Ricardo Chavera) and Gabi (Eva Longoria) to become the show’s most stable relationship. “The couple that I hadn’t figured out the most when I was writing the pilot was Carlos and Gabi. They were kind of these generalized yuppies.”
The most emotional episode for him was the show’s 100th, which centered around the death of the Wisteria Lane’s handy man played by Beau Bridges. “The idea for it came from my friend [who] passed away from salmonella poisoning. He was just such an amazingly sweet and wonderful person. Everyone whose lives he touched, he had this effect on. I wanted to do something about how someone can come into your life, and the lives he touched. ”
Cherry and the cast emphasized how grateful they were to be a part of something so successful. Cherry recalled that he was in depth and had not even had a job interview in three years when he wrote the pilot. “We’re all smart enough to know we’re the lucky ones.”
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