Back in 2008, ABC announced that it had a deal in place to carry "Desperate Housewives" through season 8 and 9, instead of Season 7 as Cherry had planned.
After months of negotiations, Deadline is reporting that four stars of ABC's Desperate Housewives - Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria - are finalizing deals to return for the 'Desperate Housewives' season 8 this fall.
The deals are for one year, with an option for a season 9. With the quartet on board, ABC will renew the show for an eighth season though it is unclear if that will happen right away or closer to the May upfronts.
With Hatcher, Huffman, Longoria and Cross on board, as well as the newest housewife, Vanessa Williams, who will also return next season, the only question remaining is the extent of creator/executive producer Cherry's involvement. He had said he was planning to leave Desperate Housewives after the current seventh season. He continues to be the series' showrunner, but with his new ABC project Hallelujah picked up to pilot, Desperate Housewives executive producer Bob Daily has taken over day-to-day duties on the show while Cherry is working on his pilot and is expected to continue to do so if Hallelujah goes to series.
Despite slipping in the ratings from its heyday, Desperate Housewives, along with Grey's Anatomy, continue to be ABC's strongest hourlong scripted series.