Published on October 25th, 2012 | by Greg


Des­per­ate House­wives Sea­son 8: A Grand Fi­nale

We re­cent­ly post­ed about fam­i­ly dra­ma, in cin­e­ma form. But why have a lim­it­ed de­gree of it, a mere cou­ple of hours, when you could en­joy dozens of episodes over sev­er­al sea­sons? When it first aired, this show was, be­lieve it or not, a bit of a game-chang­er. Win­ner of mul­ti­ple Em­my and Gold­en Globe awards, it was ap­par­ent­ly still the most-watched “com­e­dy” show (yes, re­al­ly) in­ter­na­tion­al­ly last year.

The show is none oth­er than Des­per­ate House­wives, and specif­i­cal­ly the eighth and fi­nal sea­son of the show, now avail­able in a five-disk DVD set from ABC Stu­dios. By the end of the sea­son, which last aired in May of this year, it was the longest-run­ning hour-long fe­male-led dra­ma to run on Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion. Some fun triv­ia: orig­i­nal­ly, most net­works turned it down, in­clud­ing Life­time, HBO, CBS, NBC, Fox, and even Show­time. And the name was a mat­ter of de­bate, with ex­ec­u­tives sug­gest­ing it be called Wis­te­ria Lane in­stead. Showrun­ner Marc Sher­ry kept the sus­pense hum­ming over it’s lengthy run, and the en­sem­ble cast (Teri Hatch­er, Eva Lon­go­ria among them) kept ev­ery­one tun­ing in to see how the fam­i­lies and their wide range of is­sues would progress. Keep in mind: the show pre­miered in the same sea­son as Lost!

Los­ing a bit of its edge to­wards the in­creas­ing­ly drawn-out fi­nale, they shook things up with a very risky five-year leap for­ward a few sea­sons back. And though most ear­ly sea­sons had a strong over­ar­ch­ing plot, by the end, the se­ries was pri­mar­i­ly try­ing to cre­ate, tie, and un­tie knots. Larg­er mys­ter­ies got pushed aside a bit, and the plot syn­op­sis for the sea­son in­volves a new neigh­bor, an­oth­er mur­der and cov­er-up (set­up in the pre­vi­ous sea­son), and the usu­al preg­nan­cy and ad­dic­tion is­sues that are syn­ony­mous with soap op­er­at­ics. The sea­son fi­nale is sur­pris­ing­ly strong, though, and it’s hard not to care a lot about the char­ac­ters that have ac­tu­al­ly, tru­ly changed a lot over the pre­ced­ing near-decade. It’s a sol­id, sat­is­fy­ing res­o­lu­tion, even if folks like Kather­ine May­fair get lit­tle screen time and the com­e­dy part of the show was near­ly non-ex­is­tent to­wards the end.

It’s hard to ar­gue with the val­ue here- 23 episodes in to­tal and 987 min­utes, plus a cute bonus fea­ture ti­tled “I Guess This Is Good­bye” with in­ter­views re­flect­ing on the show. Avail­able now, un­rat­ed, for un­der $30.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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