"Desperate Housewives" Shuts Down Today
ABC's "Desperate Housewives" will shut down production today because of the ongoing writers' strike, leaving only 3 unaired episodes. The "twister" episode scheduled to air December 2 may be the show's finale this season.
Actress Julia Louis Dreyfus who refused to work on her comedy "Old Christine" causing the production on the CBS sitcom to shut down despite the availability of scripts, joined the writers who disrupted the filming of "Desperate Housewives" on Tuesday.
"Desperate Housewives" creator, head writer and show runner Marc Cherry has already walked out of the production and is picketing the Disney studios along with fellow writers.
Actress Eva Longoria who brought pizzas for the writers on Tuesday said she would be joining Marc Cherry on the picket lines on Thursday, after the show ends production on Wednesday.
Casting agencies recently began looking for supporting cast for episode #10, but since Marc Cherry and the writers who put finishing touches on the script during production are no longer available, the show's 9th episode may be the last.
The episode in which a deadly twister hits Wisteria Lane leaving at least one character dead (a funeral scene was filmed recently) may serve as the show's 4th season finale.
After the show's sophomore slump and an uneven third season, "Desperate Housewives" appeared to have bounced back this fall with the addition of Dana Delany and her family.
New episodes have also surged in the ratings - after bottoming out at 17 million viewers last spring, the show averages well over 18 million viewers this fall.
This is most definitely not the right time for "Desperate Housewives" to go off air.