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'Desperate Housewives' Ladies Shocked When Learning Show'll End in 2012

August 6, 2011 (3:33 am) GMT
Words are, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria have been told that their drama comedy series will end its run after the eighth season.

"" season 8 may be the last for the show. ABC has reportedly decided to end the long-running series in May 2012 and will announce this at the Television Critics Association's press tour on Sunday, August 7.

According to Deadline, key cast members, including , , and , have been informed about this. They are reportedly "shocked and saddened" by this decision because the show was epected to extend through a ninth season.

Though its rating has gradually declined in the last few years, "Desperate Housewives" is still a stable player on ABC. It averaged 11.9 million viewers last season with a 3.9 rating among 18-49 demographic.

The comedy series will return with its eighth season on September 25. Creator Marc Cherry has stepped down as executive producer/showrunner at the end of last season, but is expected to be a consultant on Season 8.

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