A 'Dirty' job, but Cerone gladly does it

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Daniel Cerone is taking the reins of ABC's freshman drama "Dirty Sexy Money" as executive producer/ showrunner. The gig stems from an overall deal he inked with the series' producer ABC Studios before the writers strike.

On "Dirty," Cerone replaces current showrunner Josh Reims, who had been tapped only for the first season with a plan to segue into development afterward.

"Since the pilot, I felt like the show had some of the best potential for storytelling and exploration of characters both on the light and the dark side," Cerone said of "Dirty."

As for the future of the series, "I don't think there is any desire to significantly change the show at all," he said. "It's more about keeping all the best elements and adding as much intrigue, drama and danger as we possibly can."

"Dirty" won't air new episodes for the rest of the season but recently received a 13-episode order for next season.

"There is a real desire to essentially relaunch 'Dirty Sexy Money,' " Cerone said, noting that promising series often are yanked because of the network business model. "The combination of the writers strike and ABC's belief in the show gives us a rare opportunity."

On "Dirty," Cerone will serve as an executive producer alongside creator Craig Wright — whom he called his "partner" on the show — Greg Berlanti, Matthew Gross and Bryan Singer.

Cerone, repped by WMA and Insight Management, most recently served as an executive producer/co-showrunner on Showtime's critically praised drama "Dexter." He also created and exec produced CBS' drama "Clubhouse."
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