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The upcoming eighth season of Desperate Housewives will be its last – one season shorter than series creator Marc Cherry and the ladies of Wisteria Lane had originally hoped for. The announcement by ABC President Paul Lee came as a bit of a shock since the network recently concluded lengthy contract negotiations with the cast. “I wanted to go out when the network still saw us as a viable show and a force to contend with,” Cherry said to reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “We felt from a creative standpoint that this was the right time. I feel so good about it.”