Marc Cherry's Desperate goal

'Desperate Housewives' creator Marc Cherry admits it's his ''goal'' to keep the show's biggest names together until the show ends for good

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Marc Cherry's "goal" is to keep the 'Desperate Housewives' cast the same until the show ends.

The TV executive admits it is "the optimum" for him to keep Eva Longoria Parker, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher on the comedy drama series until it finally comes to a close.

He said: "That to me is absolutely the optimum, I'm aware that it's very tricky to take beloved cast members out of a show when the premise of the show is it's an ensemble.

"So while I'm mindful that my gals have other careers going on, and they're starting families and doing stuff like that - that they might have other interests that might take them away - my goal, and I'm going to work really hard, is to try to keep the core group together to the bitter end. I think that would be a lovely way to end the show."

Marc - who is being sued for $20 million by the show's former star Nicolette Sheridan, who alleges he hit her across the face and sacked her when she complained - has been with the programme about residents of Wisteria Lane since it started back in 2004.

Last year, he signed a two-year deal with ABC for the show, and is currently "in negotiations" about its future - leading to speculation it could end after its ninth series.

He explained to Zap2It.com: "It's in negotiation - that's all I can tell you. ABC is talking to people. There are meetings going on with agents and stuff, but we're just kind of here doing our work."

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