'Housewives' pair pick up promotion

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Joey Murphy and John Pardee have been upped to executive producers on ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

Murphy and Pardee have been serving as co-executive producers and writers on the series, a production of ABC Studios. The writing team, longtime friends of "Housewives" creator/executive producer Marc Cherry, have been with the show -- which is heading into its fourth season in the fall -- from the start.

Along with Cherry, the duo will executive produce alongside George W. Perkins and recently upped Bob Daily.

Before "Housewives," Pardee and Murphy worked with Cherry on several series, including the mid-'90s Fox comedy "The Crew," which the duo co-created and produced and on which Cherry served as writer/executive producer. The pair also co-created the CBS pilots "Family Business" in 2001 and an untitled family comedy in 2002, both of which were written with Cherry, and were co-executive producers on CBS' "Some of My Best Friends," on which Cherry was an executive producer/writer.

Murphy and Pardee also have served as co-executive producers on ABC's "Bob Patterson," also from ABC Studios (then Touchstone Television), and were supervising producers on CBS' "Cybill" and NBC's "The Jeff Foxworthy Show."

They are repped by Paradigm and attorney Michael Gendler.
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