Production[ edit ] The idea for the series was conceived as Marc Cherry and his mother were watching a news report on Andrea Yates.
In addition, he had created or co-created three sitcoms: ET slot,  which it held all through the run of the show. After only three episodes, on October 20, , ABC announced that Desperate Housewives, along with Lost, had been picked up for a full season.
From to , Desperate Housewives was produced in association with Touchstone Television. Spezialy, who also served as a staff writer, left his previous position as writer and executive producer for Dead Like Me to join the Desperate Housewives crew. Second season conflicts arose among the executive producers. Subsequently, Edelstein left the show mid-season, and by the season's end, so did Spezialy. Perkins , who had been a crew member of Desperate Housewives since the show's conception.
Although receiving praise for his work on the show, Keenan chose to leave Desperate Housewives after one season to pursue other projects. Daily's previous work include writing for the animated series Rugrats , and for Frasier. Also joining Cherry, Perkins, and Daily for season 4 were John Pardee and Joey Murphy , who had been with the series since the beginning.
In the first four seasons, Larry Shaw and David Grossman have been the most prolific directors, together directing more than half of the episodes. The set for Wisteria Lane , consisting mainly of facades but also of some actual houses, was located on the Universal Studios Hollywood back lot. It was referred to by film crews as Colonial Street , and has been used for several motion pictures and television shows since the mids.
Among the most noticeable of these changes was the removal of a church facade and a mansion in order to make room for Edie's house and a park. Opening sequence[ edit ] The initial idea for the show's opening sequence was Cherry's. When an episode runs long, only the first sequence the falling apple is kept.
From the episode " Now You Know " onwards, only the main chorus of the theme is heard, which is the falling apple scene, and the photograph of the four lead actresses, crediting Marc Cherry as creator. Music[ edit ] In addition to the theme composed by Danny Elfman, the series underscore music, composed by Steve Jablonsky since the second episode of the first season, defines the overall sound of the show by creating a musical counterpoint to the writing style.
The score is electronic-based, but every scoring session incorporates a live string ensemble. Jablonsky incorporates recurring themes for events and characters into the score.
Several of those songs have been used in subsequent seasons. Desperate Housewives's unique style combined with the heavy dialogue and a quick-fire writing style limits the amount of popular music used within the series. The series' music supervisor , David Sibley , works closely with the producers to integrate these musical needs into the show.
In addition to featured performances by central characters such as Susan Mayer singing along with Rose Royce 's " Car Wash " and Lynette's rendition of " Boogie Shoes ", several characters have been accomplished musicians, such as Betty Applewhite a concert pianist and Dylan Mayfair a prodigy cellist.
Later seasons[ edit ] In August , Marc Cherry said that Desperate Housewives would be on television for a few more years, stating that the series still "has a lot of life left in it. Steve McPherson ABC Entertainment president and I agree that we shouldn't keep the show going for more than a couple [of] years past my seven-year initial contract.
We don't want it to just fade away. We've been in negotiations. I expect to sign my new deal soon to set up a future scenario for the show. Someone else will run the show after season seven and I will serve as executive producer from a distance. He went on to explain that he felt the program had been revitalized by the five-year leap forward for season five, saying: It was a way to start fresh and let everyone start from scratch in a way".
We are filming our last season of Desperate Housewives! I am so grateful for what the show has given me! We always knew we wanted to end on top and I thank ABC for giving us our victory lap! And a special thanks to Marc Cherry who forever changed my life!