ABC signs Daily to three-year deal

'Desperate' exec producer is Cherry's No. 2

ABC Studios has inked former “Frasier” scribe Bob Daily to a three-year, mid-seven-figure overall deal that also ups his status on “Desperate Housewives.”

After just one season with “DH,” Daily will be upped to exec producer of the show, where he’ll essentially serve as creator Marc Cherry’s No. 2. He’ll stay on the series for two seasons and develop projects in the third year of the agreement. Development deal is the scribe’s first with the Disney studio arm.

Prior to “DH,” Daily had long been based at Paramount, where he spent five years working on “Frasier” and another season on the CBS laffer “Out of Practice.” During his “Frasier” run, Daily won the WGA award for comedic episode in two consecutive years.

Cherry said Daily has quickly become integral to the production of his sudser.

“I’ve found that writing partner I always wanted,” Cherry told Daily Variety. “He’s very calm, has fantastic taste and is just generally an all-around good guy to have around to keep me from making a fool out of myself.”

Daily’s ability to balance genres has made him a good fit for “DH,” Cherry said.

“He has an innate understanding of how to mix the comedy and drama so it doesn’t tip too far in one direction or another,” Cherry said. “I like writing to be funny, but I don’t like it to be jokey.”

That’s one reason Cherry has been stealing away a number of “Frasier” alums in the last year.

In addition to Daily, “Frasier” vet Joe Keenan spent a year on “DH” last season (he’s since departed). And coming aboard for the new season will be two more alums of the Kelsey Grammer starrer: Chuck Ranberg and Anne Flett-Giordano, most recently on the CW laffer “The Game.”

Daily is repped by the Gersh Agency.

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