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Felicity Huffman Says Goodbye to "Housewives," Hello to New Website

Felicity won't be "desperate" for new projects!

It’s hard to believe that we won’t be watching the ladies of Wisteria Lane bonding, scheming and flirting (not to mention covering up the occasional murder) after this season. Desperate Housewives was a welcome Sunday-night visitor in millions of homes for eight years, and paved the way for many more domestic dramas – both fictional and reality-based.

Personally, I always identified with Lynette. Bree was more of a perfectionist than I am, Gaby more glam, Susan more flaky and Renee more ruthless – but Lynette, juggling work, kids and marriage, usually in mid-frazzle and rarely looking cover-girl perfect, stood out as the most “real” Housewife. She was the one I wouldn’t have been embarrassed to have over to my place for a glass of wine.

Felicity Huffman herself has a soft spot for the character she brought to life for nearly a decade. In her final blog for iVillage, she writes, “I know that different types of people identify with different Housewives, but I am thrilled when people come up to me and say, ‘I am just like you!’ or ‘My daughter/wife/sister should be on your show – you guys are identical.’

“I get to be a part of a much bigger community of people who relate to my character and love the show,” she continues. “And if I wasn’t actually playing Lynette, I would definitely be on the Lynette team.”

As the show comes close to its series finale, Felicity admits to having mixed emotions. “Definitely I am sad, but more than sad I am grateful, grateful for the most fulfilling eight years of my professional life, and grateful to be in the midst of this wonderful community.”

But don’t think for a minute that this mom of two (and wife of the equally ubertalented William H. Macy) is going to spend her post-DH life sitting around watching herself in reruns. She already has a new project in the works!

Inspired by her many fans and eager to help other women and moms make the most of their lives, Felicity has just launched her own website, WhattheFlicka.com.  She calls it “a virtual clubhouse where we can all still be connected and get the warmth, love and good advice I always look for from you, my family at large.”

What’s with the “Flicka”? No mystery here – it’s Felicity’s long-time nickname.

Desperate? Hardly. More like a very centered woman who’s ready to move on to a new phase of her rich career. (And I still wouldn’t mind having her over for that Chardonnay.)

What do you think? Will you be watching the series finale – and what do you think of the site?

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]

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