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.