Kirkland Baker to join 'Housewives'


"Frasier" has become the preferred source of writing-producing talent for ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

"Frasier" alum Lori Kirkland Baker will come aboard the ABC TV Studio-produced soapy dramedy next season as a co-executive producer. She joins fellow "Frasier" alums Anne Flett-Giordano and Chuck Ranberg, who also will serve as co-exec producers on "Housewives" next season. Former "Frasier" executive producer/co-showrunner Joe Keenan served as an executive producer on the campy one-hour series this season.

Meanwhile, Michael Pavone has joined Lifetime's upcoming series "Side Order of Life" as an executive producer.

"Side Order," produced by the Jinks/Cohen Co. in association with Warner Horizon Television, is described as a quirky, thought-provoking, comedic drama centering on a young magazine photographer (Marisa Coughlan) who suddenly re-evaluates her life and impending nuptials after learning some life-altering news. Filmed in Los Angeles, the series also stars Jason Priestley, Christopher Gartin and Diana-Maria Riva. It's set to debut in July.

Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen of Jinks/Cohen also are executive producing. Margaret Nagle created the series and serves as co-executive producer.

Kirkland Baker won a WGA Award in 2003 for co-writing with Dan O'Shannon and Bob Daily the "Rooms With a View" episode of "Frasier." She also shared a best comedy series Emmy with the rest of the "Frasier" producing team in 1998.

Kirkland Baker most recently worked on ABC's comedy "Freddie."

Pavone's credits as an executive producer include Fox's "Prison Break," Showtime's "Street Time" and WB Network's "Jack & Jill."