According to the Hollywood Reporter, the top producer on ABC’s hit soap dramedy Desperate Housewives walked off the set last week and could possibly be replaced come next season.
The show’s executive producer and showrunner Tom Spezialy, walked out on Friday after a creative spat. Sources say wounds have healed over the weekend, and entering May sweeps for the season finale, there are only a few days left of production for this season. Apparently, Spezialy will return to work on Monday.
It has been a bumpy second season for Housewives, which has faced harsh reviews from critics who say it has lost the fresh, edgy creative spark that they raved about the first season. The spokeswoman for Touchstone TV, the company that produces the show, denied any shake-up was afoot.
Hoping to regain its superior reign over Sunday night television, ABC recently aired re-runs two weeks in a row for both phenomena — Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy.
We’ll see as the season finale nears and as the new season of Housewives starts if ABC’s biggest hit will regain a few of the fans and critics that it lost in its second season, which many consider to be in a sophomore slump. With rumors of Eva Longoria’s possible exit from the show in order to pursue a movie career, it’s up in the air whether Housewives can continue to be the hit that it is.