‘Desperate Housewives’ to halt production

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‘Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry says the ABC prime-time soap will shut down tomorrow to send a message. ‘We’re the most high-profile writers in television. If we all band together, we’re sending a not-so-subtle message to the powers that be that without us, there is no TV. Period.’

He said he knows what it’s like to be without work, since he once survived on $25,000 to $45,000 a year when he couldn’t get a better-paying TV gig. He also cautioned the public not to believe everything they hear about writers’ salaries. Sure, someone could make $100,000 a year -- but then be out of work for two years.

-- Lynn Smith