August 7, 2011



The original cast of the show when it premiered in 2004
Earlier today, at the Television Critics’ Association press tour, it was announced that the forthcoming (eighth) season of hit ABC show DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES would be its last. The show’s creator and executive producer, Marc Cherry stated, “The only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it,” implying that it was right to end the show while it was still on the top. The producers had the option of completing nine seasons, having already given the cast salary options for the originally intended ninth season. However, the eighth season, which is due to premiere on September 25, will be the final year for our favorite housewives on Wisteria Lane.

The cast of the show in its seventh season (2010-11)
I agree that a show should end while it’s still doing well, but as DESPERATE HOUSEIWVES has been one of my all-time favorite shows, the announcement of its end still saddens me. For the last seven years, the show has been instrumental in bringing new meaning and excitement in television for me. While the cast members expressed shock on being informed earlier about this announcement earlier, Cherry stated that he “loves Eva Longoria [Gaby Solis] more that life itself,” saying, “I'm just going to put you in a van and have you solve mysteries.” What could possibly be Cherry hinting that he’d cast Longoria in his next show, which he’s going to develop in time for pilot season, early next year, seems to be the only silver lining with this new revelation. At the same time, I look forward to seeing how the writers end the show, especially after it was revealed that they would revisit the roots of the series—Mary-Alice Young’s suicide. I do hope they give the wonderful series a fitting swan song.

The final season of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES will premiere on September 25, 2011 on ABC. Take a look here at the official announcement from

A still from DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES that aptly represents the announcement of the end

Another major announcement today was that of the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Awards 2011. There weren’t many surprises among the few categories that the TCA gives out awards in. For example, it was no surprise that Jon Hamm (MAD MEN) won for Individual Achievement in Drama, and that MODERN FAMILY won for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. A show that has been generating a lot of award buzz, besides garnering critical acclaim and popularity, GAME OF THRONES won Outstanding New Program, while a show with similar accomplishments, SHERLOCK won Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS won Program of the Year, while Oprah Winfrey, rightfully and deservedly won the Career Achievement award. Take a look at a few of the winners: (And CLICK HERE for the complete list)

Individual Achievement In Drama
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, HBO)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, HBO)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, CBS)
Margo Martindale (Justified, FX)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified, FX)

Individual Achievement In Comedy
Ty Burrell (Modern Family, ABC) Tie
Louis C.K. (Louie, FX)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, NBC) Tie
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, NBC)
Danny Pudi (Community, NBC)
Jon Stewart (The Daily Show, Comedy Central)

Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel)
Survivor (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)
Top Chef: All Stars (Bravo)

Outstanding New Program
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Terriers (FX)
The Killing (AMC)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Miniseries And Specials
Cineme Verite (HBO)
Downton Abbey: Masterpiece (PBS)
Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Sherlock (PBS/BBC)
Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Outstanding Achievement In Drama
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Justified (FX)
Mad Men (AMC)
The Good Wife (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement In Comedy
Community (NBC)
Louie (FX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Raising Hope (Fox)

Career Achievement Award
Steven Bochco
Dick Ebersol
Cloris Leachman
David Letterman
William Shatner
Oprah Winfrey

Program Of The Year
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Justified (FX)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Stars of GLEE at the movie premiere
It’s been in the news for a while that there was going to be a 3D concert movie of the hit musical-comedy show GLEE. The trailer, which was released last month, gave us a glimpse of what the movie would look like. Yesterday, the cast of the show, and now the movie, turned up for the premiere of the film at The Village Theatre in Los Angeles, on a red carpet surrounded by an overwhelming number of fans. 

The creator of the show, Ryan Murphy expressed his joy saying that he was humbled by the display of fans. Almost the entire cast of the show, including Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Chord Overstreet, Heather Morris and Dianna Agron, was overwhelmed as they basked in the spotlight. I, for one, am really looking forward to watching the movie, because it showcases the best thing about GLEE, the music and performances.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sad. I like Desperate Housewives. With seven seasons gone by, I'd grown to love the characters. It's so entertaining, the show! Why would they end it so soon?