Murphy renews his vows

Writer signs seven-figure deal with Touchstone

Scribe Kevin Murphy has extended his lease on Wisteria Lane, signing a new seven-figure deal to remain with “Desperate Housewives.”

As part of the two-year pact with Touchstone Television — which includes an option for a third year — Murphy will continue as a co-exec producer on “Housewives” and also develop new projects for the studio.

Murphy, who serves as head writer under “Housewives” showrunners, joined the show after the pilot, in time for its first episode.

“I’ve got such a huge investment in these storylines, these characters and this cast,” he said. “Touchstone, ABC and (‘Housewives’ creator) Marc Cherry are the holy trinity of innovative television.”

Murphy said work is already under way for the third season of “Housewives,” with one script already completed and the second episode out on notes.

According to Murphy, early episodes will deal with the emerging relationship between Bree (Marcia Cross) and Orson (Kyle MacLachlan), which he calls “dark and exciting.” The writers are also adding a new love interest for Susan (Teri Hatcher), and turning the story between mutual adulterers Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) into a “War of the Roses”-style plot, he said.

Murphy said the early episodes will also include a wedding and a “big twist” in episode 7.

As for his development plans, the Endeavor-repped Murphy — who wrote the stage play and resulting Showtime telepic “Reefer Madness” — hopes to create a TV musical; he also has ideas for a mythology-based drama.

“I love to do character stuff that has a little dash of the unusual, or the paranormal,” he said. “I’m a big comicbook fan, and I love the idea of speculative fiction. But for the time being I want to focus on making ‘Housewives’ as good as it can possibly be.”

Murphy’s other TV credits include “Ed,” “Jack & Jill,” “Get Real” and “Martial Law.” He’s also currently working on a stage musical adaptation of the movie “Heathers,” as well as a stage version of the “Dennis the Menace” comic strip.

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