There was a brief moment there in 2004 when Desperate Housewives was everywhere. With networks picking up the slack from the great HBO shows that helped redifine modern television, Housewives was clever, and was quickly an Emmy favorite. It launched Eva Longoria – who nearly became a movie star – and gave Teri Hatcher the “big return” role, while Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman gave it dignity, and in return got paychecks. And though there was cast drama, the show burned bright, and has now faded, with a scheduled May 2012 end date.

Desperate Housewives fever lasted for a two seasons and then the numbers climbed down a bit, but international numbers kept the show one of the most profitable on air. And while the show has slowly sunk in the ratings (but is by no means a disaster), what ending the show now does is give people an excuse to come back to see what’s left and maybe get some resolution.

Housewives was considered smart and “with it” from the beginning, which is often a curse for network programming – think Twin Peaks or Northern Exposure. But all television tends to run its course, and closing a show off is never a bad thing, especially if you’ve done enough episodes to get syndication (even if syndication doesn’t mean what it once did). But with all the cable channels, it’s likely that Desperate Housewives will be around for a long time.

Will you miss Desperate Housewives?