It was a mob scene at ABC’s TCA party tonight where reporters swarmed several Desperate Housewives stars who made their first public appearance following ABC’s official announcement this morning that the upcoming eighth season of the veteran dramedy will be its last. Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, James Denton and Brenda Strong were on hand to patiently answer questions about the Marc Cherry-created series coming to an end and reflect on the past seven years. “I think Marc is right; this is the time; this is the moment,” said Cross who got the news from her manager, calling it “bittersweet.” Her wish for the final season is to have all of Brie’s former flames return for a visit. “I want to see my fellows again’ I had the best male co-stars; I want to see them back,” she said. Huffman was in high spirits, almost giddy when she talked about Desperate Housewives but admitted that that was not her original reaction when she found out about the end of the show in an email she received from Cross. “I wasn’t exactly shocked but you always hope for the best, so I was really sad,” she said. She said she understands Cherry’s desire to wrap up the series by revisiting the Mary Alice mystery that started it all but was also warned of the dangers of going back to a storyline that has already been resolved once. “It will have to be a new well, you can’t go back to the same well twice,” she said, later adding, “You don’t want to jump the shark in your final season.”
TNT gave viewers their first glimpse of its newly greenlighted series Dallas on Monday night during the season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. The Warner Horizon Television-produced project — which got the go-ahead late last week with a 10-episode order for a summer 2012 premiere — is from executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who also wrote the pilot. Michael M. Robin directed the pilot and also executive produced. The cast includes Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong along with a couple of original Dallas denizens you might recognize.