As these last few weeks close in on us I know that I’ve been spending a lot of time looking back at these last 8 years and wondering to myself what I’ll do after we leave this beloved fictional street for the last time, each of us packing our own little Housewives bag filled with joy, new friends and a little bit of mystery. Through thick and thin Wisteria Lane has been our home Sunday night’s and each of us has taken with us new life lessons and outlooks because of our favorite characters and storylines.
We’ve made friends and lost friends, we’ve loved and have been loved in return, we’ve each been a Mary Alice or a Susan and at the end of the day we all find we’ve have One Wonderful Day. So I ask, to you the fans who have been here with me for so long: What are you all taking with you when you leave Wisteria Lane for the last time? What lessons have you learned, what character you’ve loved and what is the biggest thing you will miss about Desperate Housewives when it’s gone?
This is one of the last magazine issues with a large spread for the show and thinking about that spurred this post. It’s emotional. Reading this magazine you feel very sad and it really hits you that it’s the end. So enjoy it because it’s one of the last one’s we’re getting.
Thanks to JoshBowmanFan.com for the scans!
Goodbye Girls. We will miss you.
For the first time in years, Desperate Housewives is captivating America again — for reasons its creator and cast can’t be happy about. Former star Nicollette Sheridan sued Touchstone Television for wrongful termination after the show’s creator Marc Cherry killed off Sheridan’s man-eating alter ego, Edie Britt, in spring 2009. The details were scandalous — for instance, Cherry testified that Sheridan once called costar Teri Hatcher “the meanest woman in the world” — and the juicy, three-week trial culminated in a verdict reminiscent of Housewives’ famous cliff-hangers: A judge declared a mistrial due to a hung jury.
The publicity around the trial is a fitting coda for the eight-year-old ABC dramedy, which will finally sign off with a two-hour finale on May 13 at 9 p.m. To commemorate the end of this pioneering series (and in light of the show’s recent return to newsy relevance), EW decided to put the ladies of Wisteria Lane — klutzy divorcée Susan Mayer (Hatcher), frazzled mom Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), WASPy homemaker Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), and suburban sexpot Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) — on the cover of EW one last time. We conducted two dozen interviews with the cast, crew, and writers, who recall Housewives’ provocative premise, its controversial story lines and effect on the TV industry, and one very gnarly Vanity Fair photo shoot.
The chats with major Desperate players reaped delicious behind-the-scenes details from the series: On-screen husband Doug Savant blames the brouhaha over the much talked-about Vanity Fair cover on an “inhospitable” environment created by the production team at the photo shoot; Cross admitted that “people thought for a long time that I was the bitch” of the show; James Denton — whose character Mike Delfino was killed off the show on March 11 — told us about how much of a “bummer” the Sheridan lawsuit was and that she was “fun to work with”; Huffman admitted to being such a fan of her on-screen husband, played by Savant, that she offered to pay part of his salary so he wouldn’t make less money in the show’s final season; and all the ladies shared their favorite moments from the series — for Hatcher it was being “naked in the bushes” and for Longoria it was mowing the Solis’ lawn in the pilot while wearing heels. “Most of my favorite memories about the show have to do with sitting in my trailer with Marcia or Felicity,” Longoria continued, “and talking about life.”