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Marc Cherry is creator and executive producer of Lifetime’s highly-anticipated new drama “Devious Maids,” which will premiere on Sunday, June 23, at 10:00pm ET/PT. Featuring an ensemble all-star cast, including Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Edy Ganem (Livin’ Loud), Judy Reyes (Scrubs) and Susan Lucci (All My Children), the series portrays five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.

Marc spent the early years of his childhood in Buena Park, California, a suburb of Orange County. The family moved to Oklahoma and lived on his Grandmother’s farm while his father went to school to earn a Masters Degree, and his mother stayed home and raised three young children. After his father graduated and began a new career as a corporate accountant, the family relocated several times to and from Orange County and exotic countries around the world. From Oklahoma the family moved to Huntington Beach, California, for a couple of years, then to Hong Kong for a brief period, back to Huntington Beach, followed by 9 months in Iran, and then back to Fullerton, California, where they stayed. In high school, Marc excelled in drama and majored in theatre at Cal State Fullerton. In the late 1980s Marc won $15,000 on the Dick Clark game show $100,000 Pyramid, took his winnings and moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in writing.

Marc began as a personal assistant to Dixie Carter on the set of Designing Women, and early success as a writer soon followed. Marc Cherry’s writer/producer credits include the beloved television classic The Golden Girls, and the sequel to the series, The Golden Palace. He also served as writer and executive producer on the television comedies, Some of My Best Friends, The Crew and The Five Mrs. Buchanans. Following a difficult three year hiatus of unemployment, during which Marc’s long-time agent was arrested and charged with embezzlement, Marc got his second big break in 2004 when ABC and Touchstone Television picked up his original Desperate Housewives script for production. In its first year the series proved to be a ground-breaking success, a ratings powerhouse and quickly developed a devoted worldwide fan base.

Marc Cherry was Creator and Executive Producer of ABC’s hit series “Desperate Housewives” for eight successful seasons. In the first season, “Desperate Housewives” won two Golden Globe® Awards for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy) and Best Performance by an Actress (Musical or Comedy) by Teri Hatcher, and the People’s Choice Awards fans voted the show as Favorite New Television Drama in 2005. The Screen Actors Guild honored the series with an award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series to Teri Hatcher in 2005 and to Felicity Huffman in 2006, and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in both 2005 and 2006. In September 2005, the show was nominated for 15 Emmys®, with wins in six categories, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Felicity Huffman and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Kathryn Joosten. In January 2006, the show won its second Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy). Kathryn Joosten won her 2nd Emmy as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2008. To date, the show has won 7 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, approximately 33 numerous other awards and 110 nominations.

Cherry has a development deal with ABC Studios under the banner Cherry/Wind Productions with Executive Producer partner Sabrina Wind.

Inspired by the hit telenovela, Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, “Devious Maids” is produced by ABC Studios. The series was created by Marc Cherry and is executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind (Desperate Housewives), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Paul McGuigan (Scandal), Larry Shuman (Kissing Miranda), David Lonner, John Mass and Televisa USA’s Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia.

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