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Desperate Housewives Showrunner on Mike's "Heroic Ending" and His Possible Return

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There are still five episodes of Desperate Housewives left, but fans will say an early goodbye to one Fairview resident when Wisteria Lane gathers to lay Mike Delfino (James Denton) to rest this Sunday (9/8c on ABC).

Why was Mike the one to bite the bullet? How will Susan cope with the loss? And what does it mean for the rest of the women? Showrunner Bob Daily spoke with TVGuide.com about the decision behind the big death, the "heartbreaking" funeral and why we may not have seen the last of Mike just yet!

How long had Mike's death been in the works?
Bob Daily:
Quite some time. And I can't believe that we were able to keep this secret as long as we did. I think we pitched it to the network and the studio maybe as early as December.

First Look: Desperate Housewives kisses one of its own goodbye

Why did you decide to kill Mike?
Daily:
I think we knew we wanted another blockbuster moment as we approached the end. Everybody's been married at least a couple times and we were running out of other big life events. We had a lot of births. We thought... read more

How Will Desperate Housewives End? Marc Cherry Teases a Special Cameo

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What will the final chapter of Desperate Housewives look like? Don't bother asking series creator Marc Cherry. "I'm so not revealing what the end is going to be," the creator and executive producer told reporters Tuesday at ABC's winter TV previews. "I have it in my head and I'm hyper-protective of it."

The Housewives boss is confident he's ending the series at the right time, acknowledging that in recent years it became more difficult for... read more

Desperate Housewives' Executive Producer and Cast on the Final Season: All Bets Are Off

Desperate Housewives

 

Birth. Death. Marriage. Divorce. Tornadoes. Shootings. Plane crashes. Cancer. Yes, the women of Desperate Housewives have been through a lot. But they ain't seen nothing yet.

"You get to do story lines that you wouldn't otherwise do because you don't have to worry about the ramifications," executive producer Bob Daily tells TVGuide.com of the series' final season. "So people can move, people can die, people can have babies and you don't have to worry about the babies growing up. It will definitely change the way we... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Desperate Housewives Casting A Girlfriend for Tom Scavo

Doug Savant

This is going to be hard to watch. With their marriage having crumbled at the end of last season, Desperate Housewives' one stable couple, Lynette (Felicity Huffman) and Tom (Doug Savant), will enter the series' eighth and final season as a separated couple on their way to divorce. Executive producer Bob Daily confirms to me that both will be seen dating new people.

The series is on the lookout for a fortysomething read more

Is This the End for Desperate Housewives?

Desperate Housewives

The ladies of Wisteria Lane might want to call in the moving vans. ABC and the producers behind long-running Sunday-night soap Desperate Housewives could decide in a few weeks if the show's upcoming eighth season will be its last.

Creator Marc Cherry and executive producer Bob Daily are both signed to remain with the series through the season, as well as a potential ninth season. But rumblings have started that... read more

Keck's Exclusives: What's Next for Desperate Housewives?

Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives' seventh season ended with both a wink to the past and an unsettling nod to the show's future.

After Carlos came to Gaby's rescue by murdering the back-from-the-dead stepfather who'd raped her as a child, the housewives conspired to... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Who's Gunning for Paul Young on Desperate Housewives?

Mark Moses

Spoiler alert! Following in the bloodied loafers of despised characters J.R. Ewing (Dallas) and Mr. Burns (The Simpsons), the villainous Paul Young (Mark Moses) will be shot by an unknown assailant in the final moments of Desperate Housewives' December 12 cliff-hanger. Fans will be left guessing whodunit until early next year.   

You may recall in the season premiere... read more

Desperate Housewives: Vanessa Williams Is the "New Gunslinger in Town"

Desperate Housewives

On the dusty expanse of suburbia that is Wisteria Lane, Vanessa Williams is ready to duel at 40 paces.

Desperate Housewives has always relied on a fun, trouble-making foil to shake up the staid suburban lives of the women of Wisteria Lane — think Edie, Mrs. Huber, Karl, may they all rest in peace. This season, ABC has employed a Wild West theme to announce the arrival of Renee Perry (Williams), who'll try on a (very chic) black hat. Executive producer Bob Daily introduces us to Renee, and tells us what all the other ladies — and at least one familiar gentleman — will deal with this season.

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Mega Buzz: A Grey's Breakup, Housewives' New Neighbor and a Criminal Killer

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Every week, senior editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Please tell me that Grey's Anatomy promo about Cristina and Owen breaking up is a fake-out. — Angel
ADAM: Sorry, Crowen fans, it's for real. But before you grab your torches and pitchforks, consider that the episode is two hours, which leaves plenty of time for Yang and Hunt to reconsider. After all, both Cristina and Owen will face off with the crazed gunman, and there's nothing like a life-threatening situation to clarify the decision-making process.

What's the plan for Paul Young now that he's moved back on to Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane? — Mary Ellen G.
MICKEY:  Forget what you've read about Mark Moses being Nicollette Sheridan's replacement as Fairview's agitator-in-chief. According to executive producer Bob Daily, Moses' Paul Young is not ... read more

Desperate Housewives Extends Julie Benz's Role

Julie Benz

Julie Benz will stick around Wisteria Lane a little longer: The Dexter actress' stay on Desperate Housewives has been extended, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

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Benz, who made her Housewives debut on Jan. 31, was originally slated to appear in three episodes but will now appear in an... read more

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