Marc Cherry sets up new drama at ABC

Marc_Cherry_001_072506 Exclusive: Now that he’s tackled the cul-de-sac, Marc Cherry has his eye on small town America.

Cherry is developing the drama “Hallelujah” at ABC. Project centers on tiny Hallelujah, Tenn., which finds itself being torn apart by the forces of good and evil. Things begin to look up, however, 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, while Sabrina Wind is on board as exec producer as well. Project is set up at ABC Studios through his hefty overall deal there.

Cherry, who has overseen “Desperate Housewives” since the hit show’s 2004 launch, remains committed to the show as an executive producer through 2013, which would mark the end of its ninth season (although the show’s core cast members are only signed through the end of this season).

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

As part of Cherry’s two-year deal extension with the Alphabet, signed in October 2009, Cherry’s top “Housewives” lieutenant, Bob Daily, began taking a more active role in running the show. That has allowed 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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