'Housewives' showrunner Cherry to develop show

Now that he’s tackled the cul-de-sac, Marc Cherry has his eye on small-town America.

Cherry is developing the ABC drama “Hallelujah.” Project centers on tiny Hallelujah, Tenn., which finds itself torn apart by the forces of good and evil. Prospects improve when a stranger moves into town, looking to bring justice, peace and a little bit of faith to its residents.

Cherry will write and exec produce; Sabrina Wind is aboard as exec producer as well. Project is set up at ABC Studios through Cherry’s hefty overall deal there.

Cherry, who has overseen “Desperate Housewives” since the hit show’s 2004 launch, remains committed as an executive producer through 2013, which would mark the end of its ninth season.

The scribe told reporters at the summer TV Critics Assn. press tour that he was working on a new series.

As part of Cherry’s two-year deal extension with ABC, signed in October 2009, Cherry’s top “Housewives” lieutenant, Bob Daily, began taking a more active role in running the show, allowing Cherry to focus on new development.

Last season, Cherry developed a pair of projects that ultimately didn’t move forward.

Cherry’s earlier TV credits include “Some of My Best Friends,” “The Crew,” “The Five Mrs. Buchanans” and “The Golden Girls.” Wind is also an exec producer on “Desperate Housewives.”

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