Why Women Kill, created by Marc Cherry, coming to CBS All Access


The infidelity dramedy Why Women Kill, created by Marc Cherry who also created Desperate Housewives, received a straight-to-series order by CBS All Access,

Why Women Kill joins streaming service CBS All Access’s growing roster of original series, including Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Fight. It will be executive produced by Cherry, Imagine Television Studios’ Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis.

The new series focuses on the lives of three women from thee different decades: a 1960s housewife, a 1980s socialite, and a lawyer living in the current year. Each woman is experiencing infidelity in her marriage. The series will explore the way women’s roles have changed through the years, while at the same time their common response to the betrayal of infidelity remains the same.

Of the show’s premise, Cherry said:

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"As much as we like to think that the institution of marriage has evolved over the past few decades, infidelity still has the ability to rock us to our core. Why Women Kill will explore what happens when women’s primal instincts are unleashed with unexpected and twisted consequences"

Imagine and CBS Television Studios will co-produce Why Women Kill. The series is the first to come out of a four-year deal between CBS Corporation and Imagine Television Studios. The co-financing and first-look arrangement gives the companies the opportunity to co-produce and co-own content for CBS’s broadcast network, its cable channel, Showtime, and its streaming service.

The series also results from a talent deal Imagine struck with Cherry that gives the studio the right to develop and produce Cherry’s next TV series.

CBS All Access is incorporating a lot of different programming in the hopes of bringing new viewers to the platform. Why Women Kill is another example. If Desperate Housewives is any indication, Why Women Kill will be dramatic with comedic and campy elements that will likely appeal to a different audience than some of the streamer’s other more straightforwardly dramatic series.

Cherry hasn’t had a major TV series for a while now, so his return on CBS All Access could be a big draw for Desperate Housewives fans.

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Of the new series, Julie McNamara, CBS All Access’ EVP of Original Content, said:

"Having worked with Marc 15 years ago on Desperate Housewives, it is clear he has captured lightning in a bottle again with the depiction of three women who are so richly drawn that they defy expectations at every turn. Why Women Kill poses powerful cultural questions with Marc’s inimitable, biting wit, and we look forward to taking viewers on this wild ride.”"

Check back with ShowSnob for more news about Why Women Kill as it develops.

Source: Deadline