August 6, 2004

Murphy married to 'Housewives'

By Cynthia Littleton

Writer-producer Kevin Murphy has segued from the cannabis-crazed kids of "Reefer Madness" to sordid tales of suburbia in ABC's buzzworthy new drama series "Desperate Housewives."

Murphy has signed on as a co-executive producer of the Touchstone Television series, a darkly comic look at the lives of four suburban housewives from the perspective of one of their neighbors who is discovered to have committed suicide in the opening moments of "Housewives" pilot.

Murphy will work closely with series creator/executive producer Marc Cherry and exec producers Michael Edelstein and Tom Spezialy in shepherding scripts for the show, one of ABC's most talked-about new entries. Charles Pratt Jr., a veteran producer of such soaps as "Melrose Place" and "General Hospital," also is on board as a consulting producer.

" 'Desperate Housewives' is such a wonderfully grounded character piece about really relatable people in desperate situations, whether it's covering up their affairs or investigating possible murders," Murphy said. "It's a pleasure to make up stories for these amazing characters."

Murphy signed on to "Housewives" last month, shortly after completing principal photography on Showtime's adaptation of the "Reefer Madness" musical spoof penned by Murphy and Dan Studney. "Madness" had a yearlong stay in 1999-2000 at Hollywood's Hudson Backstage Theatre before it was picked up for the TV movie treatment by Showtime (HR 1/30).

Murphy's TV credits include NBC's "Ed," the WB Network's "Jack and Jill" and "The O'Keefes" and CBS' "Martial Law." He's repped by Endeavor and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.



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