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"The only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it," Marc Cherry, creator of Desperate Housewives, told critics Sunday at ABC's fall previews. "I am also aware of people overstaying their welcome. I didn't want that to happen to Desperate Housewives. I wanted to go out when the network still saw us as a viable show and a force to contend with. We felt from a creative standpoint that this was the right time. I feel so good about it."

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Instead, his focus is on redeveloping Hallelujah, a pilot that failed to earn a series order this season.  "Half of [the pilot] was terrific and half of it wasn't," Cherry said. "Our attitude about it is, we will do this when it's right. You kind of have to get it perfect. It's a big swing."

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