Marc Cherry Dark Comedy 'Why Women Kill' Nabs CBS All Access Order

The series reunites the 'Desperate Housewives' creator with Julie McNamara, with whom he worked for 15 years on the ABC megahit.
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Marc Cherry is returning to television.

The Desperate Housewives creator has set up Why Women Kill, a darkly comedic drama that CBS All Access has ordered straight to series.

While an episode count has yet to be determined, the Imagine TV- and CBS TV Studios-produced effort represents Cherry's first new series since his Desperate Housewives follow-up Devious Maids. Why Women Kill is also Cherry's first series for a streaming service after previous hits at ABC and basic cabler Lifetime.

The project revolves around three women living in different decades: a housewife in the 1960s, a socialite in the 1980s and a lawyer in 2018, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal has not.

Cherry will executive produce alongside Imagine's Brian Grazer (Empire, Genius) and Francie Calfo. Acme Productions' Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis will also exec produce the series and reteam with Cherry after they previously collaborated on an ABC soap starring Reba McEntire that was passed over in 2016.

"As much as we like to think that the institution of marriage has evolved over the past few decades, infidelity still has the ability to rock us to our core," Cherry said Monday in a statement. "Why Women Kill will explore what happens when women’s primal instincts are unleashed with unexpected and twisted consequences. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with two exceptional companies to bring this series to life. Both Imagine and CBS All Access are wonderful partners, and I’m looking forward to an amazing collaboration."

Cherry reunites on the series with CBS All Access exec vp originals Julie McNamara, who served as ABC's head of drama and developed Desperate Housewives.

"Having worked with Marc 15 years ago on Desperate Housewives, it is clear he has captured lightning in a bottle again with the depiction of three women who are so richly drawn that they defy expectations at every turn,” said McNamara. “Why Women Kill poses powerful cultural questions with Marc’s inimitable, biting wit, and we look forward to taking viewers on this wild ride."

The series is the first to fall under Imagine TV and CBS Television Studios through the companies' co-financing partnership.   

"As we began the process of building Imagine Television Studios, Marc was at the top of my list of premium writers who I knew could create an inventive, razor-sharp series to cut through the marketplace — and Marc delivered on all counts," Imagine's Calfo said. "We are honored and thrilled to be partners with Julie and her team at CBS All Access on this project and look forward to playing a key role in bringing viewers to their streaming service.”

Why Women Kill joins a CBS All Access scripted originals slate that also includes Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, No Activity, Strange Angel, One Dollar and Tell Me a Story.

Cherry is repped by Paradigm and Del Shaw.