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27 February 2024

Sorry, there'll be no 'Desperate Housewives' in Dubai

From left: Vanessa Williams, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman (ABC)

By Bindu Suresh Rai

It is truly the beginning of the end for the sexy ladies on Wisteria Lane, as the popular ABC show, “Desperate Housewives”, sees the femme fatales hang up their stilettos one last time as the final episodes are canned.
But as the bittersweet moment approaches, creator Marc Cherry shocked fans at a recent press meet by saying this was really the end, with no big-screen remake of the show on the cards, especially one that sees the fab foursome team of Bree (Marcia Cross), Susan (Teri Hatcher), Gabriel (Eva Longoria) and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) jetting off to Dubai.
This, of course, was a blatant reference to the movie adaptation of the TV show, “Sex and the City”, which saw its second film outing taking Carrie and the girls off to neighbouring Abu Dhabi. Of course, it was Morocco that was disguised as the UAE capital, but we aren’t splitting hairs here.
In fact, Cherry was so firm about this, he even cemented his ideology further by saying: “I’m just never sending these gals to Dubai. I think we’re done. I’m happy about it. I feel very satisfied with where we are.”
And when he finally gets it on the air, that’ll be it ¬ no reunions, no spin offs, no big screen sequels.
Last year, after seven seasons ABC head honchos had announced that the eighth season would be the final one for the ladies on Wisteria Lane, which has largely retained its original cast, with a few additions and dead bodies along the way.
Cherry and his leading ladies bid adieu earlier this week at the Television Critics Association press tour, with the show creator quoted as saying that unlike HBO’s super successful “Sex and the City” that explored the careers and love lives of four New Yorkers, his ladies on “Desperate Housewives” had done it all in the 180 episodes and there was not much left to explore in terms of plotlines and characterisations.
The comedy-drama was first aired in 2004, which set the premise of four neighbours and friends residing in the fictional town of Fairview in the Eagle State.
Their trials, tribulations, crimes, secrets and scandals of living in suburbia were all narrated by their deceased neighbour, Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong), who commits suicide in the first episode itself.
Over the years, the show has struck a chord with fans and critics alike, with “Desperate Housewives” bagging multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
A reality show, “The Real Housewives”, also wound its way on to the idiot box, in a blatant play on the original’s immense popularity.
“Desperate Housewives’” popularity can be gauged by its Nielsen Ratings, with the series premiere drawing in 21.6 million viewers, with the first season’s grand finale attracting 30m viewers.
In 2007, it was reported to be the most popular show in its demographic worldwide, with an audience of approximately 120m, which three years later became the third-highest revenue earning show, earning $2.74m per half hour.
Over the eight seasons, other notable cast members who have continued with the show since its inception include James Denton (who plays Mike), Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Carlos) and Doug Savant (Tom).
Notable cast changes has included the murder of the notorious Edie Britt, played by Nicollette Sheridan, who was on “Desperate Housewives” from its first episode until midway through the fifth season.
Dana Delany, who played Katherine Mayfair, joined the show in 2007 and left again in its seventh season.
The latest addition has been former Miss America, Vanessa Williams, who came on in season seven as Renee Perry and is still on the show.