Marc Cherry to hand over reins of Desperate Housewives?

Marc Cherry, creator and Executive Producer of Desperate Housewives, is making noises about handing over his showrunning duties on the ABC series to someone else while he turns his atention to a new project.

Cherry is signed with ABC until the 2011-2012 season but is flagging a shift after the upcoming 7th season.

“I’ve got a contract that keeps me around ABC for a few more years,” he says. “I hope (Housewives will be around) for a couple of more seasons, and my thing is I always will be executive producer and consultant on the show. It’s my baby. I can’t let go. I have control issues. They can’t totally get rid of me.”

Deadline Hollywood notes that while he wouldn’t elaborate on what the pilot is about, it “will not be set in suburbia.”

Such a move would also represent a change of heart. In 2007 he said, “I think that, at the end of my deal, and after seven seasons, it will be a good time to call it quits. I don’t want anyone else to run the show, and I don’t want us to fade away. I don’t want to overstay my welcome.”

Cherry also gave more details about the new cast additions Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty).

Source: Deadline Hollywood


  1. i love the show, and i think it is the same quality as it was in season 1. but i hope it ends soon, 8 seasons would be enough. with the format it has with the season long storylines a full year notice would be good. because now that lost and 24 are over DH is now US broadcast’s most expensive show, and not getting any cheaper, and the ratings are only going south especially in season 6. so it won’t be running too much longer 🙁

  2. Will be interesting to see how this pans out.

    I thought Desperate Housewives was very good this season – some great plots and great acting.

    While I can’t imagine it seeing it to it’s 10 year, I think there are certainly one or two more seasons worth of good stories to tell.

  3. @Tristan – Downhill? It’s inevitable that it’s not gonna have the same kick as when it started, you get to know the characters too well and you lose that ‘surprise’ factor they originally had. Sure it had a couple of average seasons, but I think one of the best things they did was skipped forward a few years and made them closer to their actual ages. I wouldn’t call it my favourite show, but it sure is still one of the most entertaining on television and one I look enjoy watching week after week. It’s the dark comedy that keeps me coming back 🙂

  4. Emily Bergl is also joining the show, she was last on Men in Trees but recently made appearances on Southland, Medium and The Good Wife. Also had a stint on Gilmore Girls and many other shows over the last 10 years.

  5. well the show has already gone down hill while he’s still working on it, so maybe a fresh person could save it! don’t get me wrong, i used to love the show, and still like it, but i think they’re stuck with what they’ve done and can’t fix the show to it’s former glory.

  6. I heard about this a while ago… Before it happens, we won’t know if it’s a good thing or not. He works with a writing team anyway, so I think it’s usually group effort anyway. I guess he’ll leave his position for someone who has been with the show for a while. I’ve been a big fan of the show since the start.

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