Feeling that Marc Cherry is a special part of ABC, the network has stretched his contract to two more years.
Despite being crashed and burnt in an upcoming episode, Wisteria Lane will survive at least three more years. The creator of "Desperate Housewives", Marc Cherry, has agreed with ABC to a deal that will keep him as the executive producer and show runner of the dramedy for two more years. He was previously committed until 2011.
The show is currently airing its sixth season. With the new deal, it may extend up to season 9. However, it is not set in stone yet that "Desperate" will run until 2013 because the principal cast members of the show have not struck a deal.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Cherry would develop a new series for ABC together with "Desperate" producer Alexandra Cunningham. As a measure, ABC has anticipated Cherry's less presence on "Desperate" by signing Bob Daily to run the day to day operation should the new project take off.
The other project that Cherry has been working on for the network would be a multi-camera comedy about two very different brothers. One is gay and the other is straight but they share a gynecological practice, Variety reported.
On why Cherry's works are featured prominently on ABC, Entertainment Group topper Steve McPherson said that Cherry is a "special part" of the network. "For me it's been an amazing collaboration. It's wonderful to know that he'll be around. The new stuff that he's already working on is a huge priority for us," he said.
On another news, "Desperate Housewives" will welcome the voice of Homer Simpson of "The Simpsons" to a future episode. Dan Castellaneta will play the pilot of a small plane that crashes down on Wisteria Lane during a Christmas party. Some characters will die because of the accident.