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Marc Cherry of “Desperate Housewives” on Hollywood, The Biz and Life

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

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As I’m sure you know, the long-running nighttime soap Desperate Housewives is running its final lap right now, with the conclusion coming up shortly. Series creator Marc Cherry, above, will make a brief guest appearance on the final episode of the series, and offered these thoughts, as reported by Nellie Andreeva in Deadline Hollywood, on the end of the show, and his future within the industry. They’re worth reprinting here, as an example of how things change, how to cope with that change, and how to deal with what life hands you.

“People keep asking me if it’s bittersweet, and I go, ‘No.  It’s completely sweet,’ because I’m smart enough to know, when I started this ‑‑ this is my 23rd year as a professional writer ‑‑ there’s no such thing as a job that goes on forever.  All good things come to an end.  And I was SO [screwed]. I was in ‑‑ like a $100,000 in debt to my mother.  I went through years without an interview for a job.  No one thought I was anything.  I had friends that didn’t even call for a while.  And then, like, I write this script because it was my attempt to show people that I was a better writer than maybe they thought, and all hell broke loose.  And right from the start, I knew it was going to be a roller coaster, but I’m smart enough, and the way my mom brought me up, I was humane enough to go, ‘It’s all good.  Even the bad stuff is good.  Even those days when I’m exhausted’ ‑‑ and for those of you who saw me, I’m, like, 50 pounds thinner than I was the first season because I was stuffing carbs into my face constantly to write because I was writing so much of that first season.  That’s why I was so thankful when folks like (exec producer) Bob (Daily) came along to take some of the burden off me ‑‑ that even during the bad times, it was fantastic.  Even, like, when some other show comes along and it’s the hot new show, I’m like, ‘Good for you.  Go with it, babe.’  This is how this industry works.  It’s like life.  To everything there is a season.  Our seasons are coming to an end.  And so I just ‑‑ for all of us, we’re just so grateful for the ride we’ve had because not many people in this business get to experience what we have all collectively experienced.  So that’s how I feel, is just grateful and looking forward to the next chapter.”

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