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Marc Cherry

Television writer

Music group
The Young Americans

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March 23, 1962 (age 62) (

producer, director, screenwriter

Notable work
Desperate HousewivesDevious Maids

California State University, Fullerton

WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials - Television

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series

Movies and TV shows
Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids, Amas de Casa Desesperadas, The 5 Mrs Buchanans, Hallelujah

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Marc Cherry (born March 23, 1962) is an American television writer and producer. He is best known for creating the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives and the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids.


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Early life and career

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Marc Cherry was born in Long Beach and lived briefly in Oklahoma. His father was an accountant which required the family to relocate to California. After graduating from Troy High School in Fullerton, California, Cherry graduated from California State University, Fullerton's theater program and initially considered a career in performance. After winning $15,000 as a contestant on The $100,000 Pyramid in 1986, he decided to move to Hollywood and pursue writing work. His move came at a bad time; the 1988 writer's strike hit as soon as Cherry arrived. Cherry broke into the industry by working as Designing Women star Dixie Carter's personal assistant.

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In 1990, he became a writer and producer for the long-running hit sitcom The Golden Girls, and later its short lived spinoff The Golden Palace. Cherry next co-created The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, a sitcom centered on four women married to brothers and their difficult mother-in-law, which had a brief run on CBS during the 1994-1995 season. Cherry also co-created The Crew (1995). On his own, he later created Some of My Best Friends, a 2001 sitcom that was based in part on the 1997 film Kiss Me, Guido.

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In 2014 and 2016, Cherry was a judge and mentor for the Songbook Academy, a summer intensive for high school students operated by the Great American Songbook Foundation and founded by Michael Feinstein.

Desperate Housewives

In 2002, a conversation with his mother inspired him to develop a show about the fractured lives of four upper middle class suburban women. After HBO, FOX, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and Lifetime all passed on the show, Cherry got his big break when his agent was arrested and sent to jail for embezzlement. His new agents brought the show to ABC, which decided to pick it up. The series, Desperate Housewives, was an immediate ratings smash and generated enormous national (and subsequently, international) debate. Cherry received several lucrative offers from various parties, but chose to sign a long-term deal with Touchstone, since their network had shown faith in Desperate Housewives when no one else would.

Cherry has featured several actors on Housewives that he has worked with before; Mark Moses, who played Paul Young, and Harriet Sansom Harris, who played Felicia Tilman, were both cast members of The 5 Mrs. Buchanans. In season three, Cherry cast former boss Dixie Carter in the role of Gloria Hodge, Orson's unhinged mother. Actor Alec Mapa, who appeared in Some of My Best Friends, appears on "Housewives" in a recurring role as Gabrielle's stylist.

Cherry appeared in a cameo as one of Susan's moving men on the final episode of Desperate Housewives.

Devious Maids

In 2012, after the end of Desperate Housewives, Cherry and Eva Longoria began working on a new series, Devious Maids. Initially it had been produced for ABC, but is then aired on Lifetime.

This new series is set in Beverly Hills, and the protagonists are latinas maids: Marisol (Ana Ortiz), Rosie (Dania Ramirez), Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez), Zoila (Judy Reyes) and Valentina (Edy Ganem), these work for celebrities or rich people. They not only clean the homes of celebrities, but also put order in their lives, hidden secrets, and sometimes fall in love. Just like the women of Wisteria Lane, these maids will have to deal with mysteries and secrets, since, during the first episode, one of their friends, the waitress Flora, will be mysteriously murdered, and it's up to one of its protagonists, Marisol , investigate the murder pretending to be a maid to exonerate her son Eddie, wrongly accused of murder.

Even for Devious Maids Marc Cherry has hired some actors who had worked with him: Roselyn Sanchez, who here plays Carmen Luna, one of the maids, she has already appeared in the last episode of Desperate Housewives.

Other actors appeared in Devious Maids who had previously worked with Cherry are: Rebecca Wisocky, Melinda Page Hamilton, Valerie Mahaffey, Richard Burgi, James Denton, and many others.


On April 5, 2010, former Desperate Housewives cast member Nicollette Sheridan filed a $20 million lawsuit against Cherry and ABC, alleging that he had assaulted her on set and wrongfully terminated her contract. Sheridan also alleged in her lawsuit that Cherry was abusive to other actors and writers on the show. ABC said in a statement that they had investigated similar claims made by Sheridan and found them to be of no merit.

The stars of Desperate Housewives (Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria) pledged their support to Cherry in his battle against assault allegations made by Sheridan. At the end of 2010, Sheridan removed abuse claims from the suit.

The case finally went to trial in February 2012. On March 13, 2012, the judge dismissed the battery charge against Cherry due to lack of evidence, and Cherry was no longer a defendant in the lawsuit which then focused solely on Sheridan's alleged wrongful termination by ABC. Closing arguments were heard in the case on March 14, 2012 and the jury began their deliberations. By March 19, 2012, the twelve members of the jury had failed to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared. A retrial was scheduled to begin on September 10, 2012, but on August 16, 2012, the Los Angeles Court of Appeal determined that Sheridan had not been wrongfully fired and dismissed the retrial. A further appeal made by Sheridan to the California Supreme Court was rejected on November 16, 2012.

Other credits

Cherry appeared as himself in "Righteous Brothers" episode of Arrested Development, which was created by fellow Golden Girls writer Mitchell Hurwitz.

Political affiliation

Cherry was described in an article about him in Newsweek as a "somewhat conservative, gay Republican." Cherry is a registered Republican.

On June 29, 2006, Cherry accepted Log Cabin Republicans' American Visibility Award at a dinner in Hollywood where the main award recipient was California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who received the club's "Courage To Lead" Award.


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