TCA Press Tour: Marc Cherry talks about the end of 'Desperate Housewives' and what's next for him
With "Desperate Housewives" moving into its seventh season this fall, there has been speculation that the hit series would soon be coming to an end.
Creator and executive producer Marc Cherry has often teased that he had a specific number of seasons in mind. On a set visit with reporters at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Tuesday, Cherry was coy about the end of Wisteria Lane.
"I've got a contract that keeps me around a few more years," Cherry says. "I will always be an executive producer and consultant of the show. It's my baby; I can't let go. I have some control issues."
What would potentially make Cherry let go of the long-running show?
"The truth of the matter is right now I'm writing a new pilot for ABC, and I'm just pitching it to the network," Cherry admits. "So the idea is I'll be running a new show by next June."
While he says he would no longer be a major player in the day-to-day operations of the show, he teases the cast and crew "can't really totally get rid of me."
"Basically, it will be how long can they keep it going without me."
When the time comes to bid the ladies of Wisteria farewell, Cherry says he is prepared.
"I absolutely know the last season. I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter books and J.K. Rowling. I love the fact that she said she always knew the last chapter of the Harry Potter books. I started thinking how I'd end the show literally in Season 1," he said. "I very much have it all mapped out in my head."
As for the new show, he says he won't be covering familiar ground.
"I'm excited and terrified to write something new," Cherry said. "I won't be writing about suburbia."
— Gerrick Kennedy
Photo: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker and Marcia Cross in "Desperate Housewives." Credit: Danny Feld, ABC.
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