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OTRC: 'Desperate Housewives' to end after next season?

Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Teri Hatcher appear in a promotional photo for the ABC show 'Desperate Housewives.' (Matthew Rolston)

The ABC series "Desperate Housewives" will end its run after the upcoming eighth season, a report says.

The show, which stars Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman as residents of Wisteria Lane, debuted in 2004. The Hollywood Reporter said on Friday that the eighth season of "Desperate Housewives," which begins on September 25, will be the show's last.

The trade publication added that an official announcement regarding the cancellation will be made on Sunday at ABC's event at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour aiming at promoting its upcoming shows (see a list of premiere dates).

When asked about the matter, an ABC spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com: "It's speculation right now. We'll have more info on Sunday at TCAs."

Ratings for "Desperate Housewives" have fallen consistently since its premiere. Its previous seventh season was watched by less than 12 million viewers, estimates show. The show's debut season was viewed by an average of more than 23 million people.

Last season saw the introduction of Vanessa Williams's character, Renee Perry, and also featured "Beverly Hills, 90210" actor Brian Austin Green as Keith Watson.

Season 8 is set to feature Australian actor Charles Mesure, who last appeared on the ABC sci-fi series "V," which was canceled earlier this year after a two-year run.

Show creator Marc Cherry had told Deadline.com in 2010: "I've got a contract that keeps me around ABC for a few more years," adding that he hoped "Desperate Housewives" would be around for "a couple of more seasons."

Also last year, Nicollette Sheridan, who played Edie Britt on "Desperate Housewives" from its debut until 2009, filed a $20 million battery and wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC and Cherry. She is claiming that the show creator hit her and fired her from the show because she is a woman.

Cherry's lawyer told OnTheRedCarpet.com in May that a judge dismissed Sheridan's claims of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, gender violence, assault and retaliation and retained only her allegations of wrongful termination and a "fictitious battery claim." ABC has declined comment.

"Desperate Housewives" has won seven Emmys, including an individual award for Huffman, who plays Lynette Scavo, and has been nominated more than 30 times. This year, it received a nod for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance (check out a full list 2011 Emmy nominations).

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