'Desperate Housewives' gets end date & other news

The ladies of "Desperate Housewives" will leave Wisteria Lane at the end of the upcoming season, ABC announced Sunday. The drama's eight season, which begins Sept. 25, will be its last.

For Season 8, Carlos's murder of Gaby's evil stepfather and the cover up by Susan, Gaby, Bree and Lynette has far reaching effects. Feelings of guilt begin to overcome everyone in different ways. Susan starts to withdraw from her friends and family, and Gaby works to reach out to Carlos while his guilt weighs heavily upon him. As Lynette and Tom are grappling with their disintegrating marriage and impending separation, Lynette is having trouble making the right choices ever since she participated in the cover-up. And Bree must be especially careful around her new love, Detective Chuck Vance. Meanwhile a new sexy neighbor moves to town, Ben Faulkner, and he's Renee's first order of business.

Here's a roundup of other recent news items:

'Rizzoli & Isles' gets another season
Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander will be solving another season of crimes as "Rizzoli & Isles," TNT has announced. Currently in its second season, the drama has been picked up for a 15-episode third season set to launch in summer 2012. The show's second season airs at 9 p.m. Monday through Sept. 12 and will have new episodes in November and December.

More court time for 'Franklin & Bash'
TNT also renewed its dramedy "Franklin & Bash" for another season. The freshman lawyer series starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer ranked as one of cable's top new summer shows, according to the network. Season 2 will be 10 episodes long and premiere in summer 2012.

Fox orders 'Cosmos' follow-up
Seth MacFarlane, writer/producer Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter are teaming up for a follow-up to Carl Sagan's groundbreaking (spacebreaking?) exploration of the universe, "Cosmos." Fox will air the 13-part docu-series, hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and called "Cosmos: A Space and Time Odyssey," in 2013. Druyan and Soter were Sagan's collaborators on the original Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series.

Showtime news
Showtime made these announcements at TCA last week:

  • "Gigolos," the docu-series about a group of male escorts in Las Vegas, was picked up for a second season.
  • "Californication," "Shameless" and the new comedy "House of Lies" with Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and Dawn Olivieri will be on Sunday, Jan. 8.
  • Steve Carell will produce the comedic interview show "Laughing Stock" and it will premiere sometime in 2012.

More Lady Gaga
Because the world apparently can't get enough Gaga, the Lady will sit down with legendary fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier for a wide-ranging interview to air at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 on the CW. The special will be followed at 8:15 p.m. by "The CW 2011 Fall Preview Special" hosted by Maggie Q ("Nikita") and Kristoffer Polaha ("Ringer").

'The Voice' back after Super Bowl
NBC has set the Season 2 premiere of "The Voice" for Feb, 5, immediately following its coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. NBC's Broadway-set musical-drama, "Smash," will premiere Feb. 6.

'Hoggers' debut postponed
Due to the central Texas heat wave, A&E has postponed the premiere "American Hoggers," its real-life series that follows the Campbell family and their work rescuing Texas residents and ranches from the devastating chaos caused by wild boars. The eight-episode series that was set to premiere Aug. 16 but now will air sometime this fall.