The ladies of Wisteria Lane are getting ready to say goodbye.
The upcoming eighth season of Desperate Housewives will be its last, ABC confirmed in a press release on Sunday.
As Housewives fans already know, the smash prime-time soap debuted back in 2003 with the core cast Teri Hatcher , Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Nicolette Sheridan and Brenda Strong as the titular denizens of drama-plagued Wisteria Lane. (The death of Strong's character provoked one of the show's first mysteries.)
"Season Eight…will roll out in a way that is accessible even to viewers who may have lapsed in their viewing, and be all the richer and more rewarding for the series' loyal fans," ABC's press release teased. In the final season, Gaby (Longoria), Susan (Hatcher), Bree (Cross) and Lynette (Huffman) grapple with the cover-up of the murder of Gaby's evil stepdad at the hand of her ex Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira); Susan withdraws while Lynette and hubby Tom (Doug Savant) see their marriage fall apart; Bree deals with a new love in Detective Vance (Jonathan Cake); and Renee (Vanessa Williams) sets her sights on a sexy new neighbor (Charles Mesure).
"It is an iconic show. We are so proud of it," Paul Lee, President of ABC Entertainment told Us Weekly on Sunday. "You're gonna see this really cool take that moved me every time I saw it."
He added of the final season: "I just wanted to make sure that this show that sort of put this network on the map — certainly the new brand of this network for the last six or seven years — had its victory lap. Had a chance to really set out every episode and build an arc for those 22 episodes so that we could say goodbye to this iconic show."
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