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Huffman: Sad but psyched by 'Housewives' ending

Huffman: Sad but psyched by 'Housewives' ending

August 9th, 2011 by FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer in News

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Never underestimate Wisteria Lane's grapevine.

On Sunday, ABC officially confirmed reports that the upcoming season of "Desperate Housewives" would be its last.

But series star Felicity Huffman got the bad news on Friday - in an e-mail from her co-star Marcia Cross.

Only after that did she get the call from "Housewives" creator Marc Cherry.

Huffman, who plays frustrated stay-at-home mom Lynette, said she shed a few tears at her kitchen table while consoled by her husband, actor William H. Macy.

Then, she said, their 9-year-old daughter entered the room and set her straight: "It's OK, mama. You'll work again."

"Desperate Housewives," a sassy prime-time soap opera with an ensemble cast also including Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria, made a splash when it premiered in 2004 but has since seen a falloff in the ratings and viewer buzz.

At an ABC press party Sunday night, Huffman said she was sad that "Housewives" would be ending after eight seasons. But she's also exhilarated by potential story lines in the show's home stretch.

In her mind, the troubled but so-far-enduring marriage of Lynette and Tom (played by Doug Savant) might be on the rocks.

"I think they could get divorced," Huffman proposed with undisguised relish. "All bets are off. I think it's so great to bust the lid off."

Asked how she plans to cope with relinquishing the role of Lynette, Huffman quoted an old saying about recovering from a broken relationship: "The only way to get over somebody is to get under somebody," she chuckled. "I just think it takes another job."

Marcia Cross, who plays neurotic super-homemaker Bree, insisted she hadn't meant to break the news to Huffman in that e-mail.

"Felicity is always on top of everything, while I'm usually four steps behind," explained Cross, who said she was alerted by her manager. "It didn't occur to me that she didn't already know."

"I was really glad to hear it from you," Huffman told her as they commiserated.

"I thought it was coming and I think it's the right thing," Cross said. "But I still feel very sad and discombobulated."