Finding out "Desperate Housewives" will end after season eight is a bit of a shocker and disappointment because the latest season ended on such a promising note. In the midst of a progressive dinner, the core characters all participated in the cover up after Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) accidentally killed Gaby's (Eva Longoria) sinister stepfather. Some of the show's best moments come from the main characters' converging stories and the stunning choices they make to protect friends and family.
Looking past the initial surprise, the cancellation of "Desperate Housewives" actually seems like a gift to fans.
A Proper Goodbye
Popular shows often end without the opportunity to close ongoing plots. "Ghost Whisperer" and "Brothers & Sisters" simply disappeared. "Medium" writers were able to use the two remaining episodes to pen a satisfying conclusion despite last-minute cancellation news, but more notice would have given viewers the chance to relish a finale season.
The "Desperate Housewives" cancellation gives the writers plenty of time to redirect established storylines and steer the show toward a fitting finale.
Early cancellation news gives special guest stars and former cast members an opportunity and added incentive to work Wisteria Lane into their busy schedules. Perhaps the farewell season will include updates on wayward housewives, such as Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany), and previously pivotal characters, such as Gaby's birth daughter.
Like a soap opera, "Desperate Housewives" veered from heartbreakingly realistic to wildly fantastic plots with characters--and fans--coming and going over the seasons. Knowing the end is neigh gives fans of earlier seasons a chance to return and see how the long-running series ends.
Renee with an Edie-tude
As Renee Perry, Vanessa Williams added a small dose of Edie-tude when she tried to steal Bree's love interest and flirted with Lynette's husband, but never quite reached the villainous level of Wilhelmina Slater from her "Ugly Betty" days.
In an interview with Wendy Williams, she explained the show did not want to alienate viewers by bringing Renee and Tom together. Renee is free to push the boundaries since her character is well established and the show is ending.
Perhaps the most bittersweet benefit of all, the cancellation leaves the talented ensemble cast free to delve into bigger individual roles. Hopefully, instead of seeing them for only one hour on Sunday nights, fans will get to see their stellar performances in a variety of projects.
"Desperate Housewives" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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