ABC Divorces ‘Desperate Housewives'; Show Shutting Down in May 2012

The drama will wrap up its run after eight seasons

"Desperate Housewives" will wrap up its run after eight seasons, TheWrap has confirmed. 

Viewers will be forced to bid farewell to Wisteria Lane in May 2012, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. 

The end of the chronicle of suburban back-stabbing, intrigue and scandal had been expected to make it nine seasons, making ABC's decision something of a surprise. 

Though still a consistent performer, ratings had slipped in the most recent season and critics have griped that the series has lost its creative spark. 

"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry has already stepped down as the showrunner to develop other programs, although he will serve as a consultant throughout the sudser's final season. 

An ABC spokesperson labelled reports of an end of the solidly rated drama as "mostly speculation," but said the network would have more to say Sunday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. 

Deadline first broke the news of the cancellation.