'Housewives' creator, thesps look back on ABC show's successful run
The cast and creator of “Desperate Housewives” talked about the professional and personal legacy that will forever be etched on Wisteria Lane at ABC’s final TCA sesh Tuesday.
Marc Cherry also added that despite the show’s popularity, there would be neither a spinoff nor feature film.
In referencing HBO’s “Sex and the City,” which ventured to the bigscreen following a run with a similarly very high-profile female cast, Cherry said: “The advantage for them (in doing a movie) is that they hadn’t plumbed the depths of these characters, but after eight years I think we’re done. I’m never sending these gals to Dubai.”
The panel was a nostalgia trip for Cherry, who had previously written for “The Golden Girls” but whose career had hit a major roadblock just prior to the “Housewives” launch in 2004.
“For a lot of us, it was our second chance,” he said. “Marcia (Cross) had ‘Melrose Place’ and Teri (Hatcher) had ‘Lois & Clark.’ When it hit, it was crazy and intense, but we all said thank God.”
Cherry, who handed off showrunning duties to exec producer Bob Dailey several years ago and is currently working on some shows in development for the Alphabet, added: “I knew it would be a roller coaster, but I’m smart enough to know that there’s no job that goes on forever. … Like anything in life, the glory was worth the pain.”
Said actress Felicity Huffman in recalling the early zaniness: “I figured all press is good press. If stories were fallacious, it didn’t matter.”
James Denton said he was a bit disappointed the show never got its kudos due but he believes the series made a lasting imprint on television.
“For awards we fell between the cracks, but Marc brought something to TV that we hadn’t seen before,” he said,