Marc Cherry

Marc Cherry
Marc Cherry

Marc Cherry at the Log Cabin Republicans' "Courage To Lead" dinner in June of 2006
Born March 23, 1962 (1962-03-23) (age 49)
Occupation Film & television producer, director, screenwriter.

Marc Cherry (born March 23, 1962) is an American writer and producer, best known for creating the show Desperate Housewives.


Early life and career

Cherry was born in Long Beach and lived briefly in Oklahoma. His father was an accountant which required the family to relocate to California. After graduating from Troy High School in Fullerton, California, Cherry graduated from California State University, Fullerton's theater program and initially considered a career in performance. After winning $15,000 as a contestant on The $100,000 Pyramid in 1986,[1] he decided to move to Hollywood and pursue writing work. His move came at a bad time; the 1988 writer's strike hit as soon as Cherry arrived. Cherry broke into the industry by working as Designing Women star Dixie Carter's personal assistant.[2]

In 1990, he became a writer and producer for the long-running hit sitcom The Golden Girls. Cherry wrote for the show, and its short lived spinoff The Golden Palace.

When those shows concluded, Cherry co-created The 5 Mrs. Buchanans. The concept of the show centered around the matriarch of the family (played by Eileen Heckart) and the wives of her four sons. The show had a brief run on CBS during the 1994-1995 season.

Cherry also co-created The Crew (1995). On his own, he later created Some of My Best Friends, a 2001 sitcom that was based in part on the film Kiss Me, Guido.

Desperate Housewives

In 2002, a conversation with his mother inspired him to develop a show about the fractured lives of four upper middle class suburban women. After HBO, FOX, CBS, NBC, Showtime, and Lifetime all passed on the show, Cherry got his big break when his agent was arrested and sent to jail for embezzlement. His new agents brought the show to ABC, which decided to pick it up. The series, Desperate Housewives, was an immediate ratings smash and generated enormous national (and subsequently, international) debate. Cherry received several lucrative offers from various parties, but chose to sign a long-term deal with Touchstone, since their network had shown faith in Desperate Housewives when no one else would.

The show was a phenomenon for much of its first season, but was criticized by TV critics who said the second season of Desperate Housewives was not as creative or as good as the first. Viewers seemed to agree, since the ratings dropped as the season progressed.

Cherry has featured several actors on "Housewives" that he has worked with before; Mark Moses, who played Paul Young, and Harriet Sansom Harris, who played Felicia Tilman, were both cast members of The 5 Mrs. Buchanans. In season three, Cherry cast former boss Dixie Carter in the role of Gloria Hodge, Orson's unhinged mother. Actor Alec Mapa, who appeared in Some of My Best Friends, appears on "Housewives" in a recurring role as Gabrielle's stylist.


On April 5, 2010, former Desperate Housewives cast member Nicollette Sheridan filed a $20 million lawsuit against Cherry and ABC, alleging that he had assaulted her on set and wrongfully terminated her contract. Sheridan also alleged in her lawsuit that Cherry was abusive to other actors and writers on the show. ABC said in a statement that they had investigated similar claims made by Sheridan and found them to be of no merit.[3][4]

The stars of Desperate Housewives (Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria) have pledged their support to help Marc Cherry in his battle against assault allegations made by Sheridan.[5][6] At the end of 2010, she removed abuse claims from the suit.[7][8]

In February 2011, Sheridan won a battle in her Desperate Housewives lawsuit when a judge ruled the actress does not have to give further testimony about conversations with a lawyer she consulted.[9] Sheridan's lawsuit had a hearing on May 3, 2011, followed by a trial which is tentatively scheduled for June 8, 2011.[10][11][12]

For the second time, Sheridan averted another legal challenge to her lawsuit against Cherry. The trial began on October 17, 2011.[13][14][15][16]

A judge limited Sheridan's damages in the Desperate Housewives case.[17]

Other credits

Cherry appeared as himself in an episode of Arrested Development, which was created by fellow Golden Girls writer Mitchell Hurwitz.

Political affiliation

Cherry was described in an article about him in Newsweek as a "somewhat conservative, gay Republican."[18]

On June 29, 2006, Cherry accepted Log Cabin Republicans' American Visibility Award at a dinner in Hollywood where the main award recipient was California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who received the club's "Courage To Lead" Award.[19]


  1. ^ "Produced By 2009 - Marc Cherry". Producers Guild of America. Retrieved 20 September 2009. [dead link]
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  3. ^ Matthew Belloni (April 5, 2010). "Nicollette Sheridan Sues "Desperate Housewives" Creator". Retrieved 2010-04-05. [dead link]
  4. ^ Victoria Kim (April 6, 2010). "Former 'Desperate Housewives' actress sues show's creator, ABC". LA Times.,0,6719295.story. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  5. ^ "Desperate Housewives Stars Unite Against Nicollette Sheridan",, April 14, 2010
  6. ^ "Housewives" Stand Behind Cherry in Assault Battle, San Francisco Chronicle, April 14, 2010
  7. ^ Nicollette Sheridan Drops Abuse Claims From "Desperate Housewives" Lawsuit, TV Guide, December 18, 2010
  8. ^ Nicollette Sheridan Amends "Housewives" Suit Again, Oh, the Scandal!, January 13, 2011
  9. ^ Nicollette Sheridan Wins Battle in "Desperate Housewives" Suit, Contra Costa Times, February 25, 2011
  10. ^ Nicollette Sheridan Catches Possible Break in "Desperate Housewives" Lawsuit, The Wrap, April 27, 2011
  11. ^ "Nicollette Sheridan's Sex-Harrassment Claims Tossed; 'Housewives' Suit Ok'd", The Wrap, May 3, 2011
  12. ^ Nicollette Sheridan Case Vs. "Desperate Housewives" Set For Trial, Radar Online, May 3, 2011
  13. ^ Former "Desperate Housewives" Cast Member Nicollette Sheridan Averts Legal Challenge To Suit, Beverly Hills Courier, May 27, 2011
  14. ^ "Housewives" creator fights actress' charges, TVNZ, July 11, 2011
  15. ^ Marc Cherry Wants Parts of Nicollette Sheridan's Lawsuit Dismissed, Perez Hilton, July 11, 2011
  16. ^ Desperate Housewives' Nicollette Sheridan $20m lawsuit heats up, Hot Momma Gossip, July 15, 2011
  17. ^ Judge limits Nicollette Sheridan's damages in "Desperate Housewives" case,, August 30, 2011
  18. ^ Sex and the Suburbs - Newsweek Entertainment -
  19. ^ Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Makes Strong Case for Equality at Log Cabin Republicans Dinner in Los Angeles

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