'Desperate Housewives' cast reflects on leaving Wisteria Lane
The women of "Desperate Housewives" are packing up their Wisteria Lane pads, after the world learned last week that this season of the show, its eighth, will also be its last.
Several of the women attended a Television Critics Assn. press tour after-party at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday -- touching on the moment when creator Marc Cherry broke the news, and what the fallout will bring for their careers.
"I think we probably could have gone to nine," Felicity Huffman told the Hollywood Reporter, "but I think it was too much of a risk to take and they really value Marc and the show."
As the outspoken Lynette Scavo, Huffman has enjoyed acclaim including Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy Award win in 2005.
"You go into acting jail at the end of these things because it’s hard for anyone to see you as anything other than Lynette Scavo or whatever it is," she said. "So I think it’s unwise to look at the carnage around you of past television actresses and go, 'Well, it’s not going to happen to me.'"
Marcia Cross said her manager informed her that her dance card would be free at the end of the current season, in production. She's hoping that her many love interests over the seasons will return for a final farewell.
"Desperate" also boasts leads in Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria and Vanessa Williams.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Felicity Huffman at a benefit in L.A. in August. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.