James Denton is Alive but Mike Delfino is Dead: Goodbye 'Desperate Housewives'

James Denton appeared on the tube Sunday as his character, Mike Delfino, made a lot of noise, erstwhile and otherwise, on Wisteria Lane.

James Denton appeared on the tube Sunday as his character, Mike Delfino, made a lot of noise, erstwhile and otherwise, on Wisteria Lane.

The hunky husband to Susan, played by Teri Hatcher, was backed into a corner as to why he was carrying a gun in his pocket when the she went to hug her spouse.

Insisting the law get involved since bad guys were after Delfino who defended their friend against being threatened by illegitimate money lending practices, the police were not helpful. At that point, his wife insisted that Mike ask for extra protection for their family.

And then he died, shot to death as a moving car passed by the Delfino home right after he and Susan talked about how, when and why they fell in love. A lovely moment followed by TV tragedy.

Sad, but so is the ending of a long-time drama that has been a favorite on Sunday nights for eight seasons.

The irony here is that, while James Denton was killed off on the show close to the end of its run, the actor who was gunned down and murdered on the TV show took the stand in a court case in Los Angeles earlier in the week that involved Nicollette Sheridan and her character Edit Britt's demise on Desperate Housewives several seasons back on season 5.

But Denton wasn't playing Mike Delfino when he spoke in the Los Angeles court, At that time while at the trial, James admitted that he was not "shocked" that Sheridan's character was killed off. In fact, the performer knew that characters on Desperate Housewives can be killed off at any time.

And that is exactly what happened to his on Sunday. Oh well. All in a week's work on and about the popular ABC Sunday night show that is, at times, actually desperate and will surely become even more so for millions of fans when Desperate Housewives takes its final bow later this spring and Wisteria Lane is gone for good.

Image of 49-year-old James Denton courtesy Wikipedia, Kristin Dos Santos