Marc Cherry developing new ABC series

Alexandra Cunningham to co-write hourlong project

Five years after the launch of his "Desperate Housewives" helped turn around ABC's fortunes, Marc Cherry is developing a new series for the network targeted for next season.

Cherry is in discussions with ABC about the project, which he will write with "Desperate Housewives" executive producer Alexandra Cunningham.

In development circles, the project has been referred to as a "Desperate Housewives" spinoff, but while there was some discussion about spinning it from the hit dramedy, it will now be a stand-alone show.

The premise is being worked out, but the show is expected to have the tone of "Housewives." Cherry and Cunningham are expected to exec produce the project with another "Housewives" exec producer, Sabrina Wind.

There has been a lot of curiosity about what Cherry would develop as a follow-up to "Housewives" under his overall deal with ABC Studios, the show's producer. He spent the past five years on the hit series and has made it clear that he will stay involved until it ends. That is not expected to change if he gets another show on the air.

Meanwhile, Cunningham has been a rising star on "Housewives," which she joined after the pilot as a producer and quickly moved through the ranks to exec producer.

Cherry is repped by Paradigm, Cunningham by WME.