"Desperate Housewives" Creator Promises 7 Post-Strike Episodes
Marc Cherry, the executive producer and creator of ABC's most watched scripted hour "Desperate Housewives" has vowed to make 7 new episodes this spring, even if that means working long hours.
The award-winning dramedy which has, in its fourth season, once again become the hottest show on the Disney-owned network, and is currently the most watched TV series in the world, may also be one of the first TV shows to return.
The scripts for the first one or two episodes are nearly done, which means the dramedy could go back into production in early March. The show could then be back on air by April 13. The 4th season is expected to have a total of 17 episodes (23 had been planned originally).
Cherry says: "I had three months to rest up, and I don't mind staying up a few late nights. I'll trim away some ideas and get to the bare bones of the story arc I had mapped out for the rest of this season."
The former "Golden Girls" scribe also revealed the network wanted him to begin writing season 5 immediately, but he declined because it would be impossible to plot a new season without a break.
ABC and the other broadcast network may have some concerns over the likelihood of an actors' strike this summer and are plotting ways to get some scripted fare planned for next fall in the can ASAP.
"24" will, for instance, immediately resume production of season 7 (16 episodes remain to be filmed) although the viewers won't be able to see them before January 2009. Under normal circumstances, TV shows film episodes about 2 months prior to airdate.
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