CBS All Access Orders ‘Why Women Kill’ From ‘Desperate Housewives’ Creator

Drama by Marc Cherry will center on three women in different time periods dealing with infidelity

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CBS All Access has handed out a straight-to-series order for “Why Women Kill,” a drama series from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry.

The series will center on three different women in three different time periods — a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2018 — who are dealing with infidelity in their marriages.  The series will examine how the roles of women have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal has not.

“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,” said Cherry in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with two exceptional companies to bring this series to life. Both Imagine and CBS All Access are wonderful partners, and I’m looking forward to an amazing collaboration.”

Cherry will executive produce with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis. Imagine will co-produce with CBS Television Studios. This is the first series order between Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios through their co-financing partnership.

“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,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president, original content, CBS All Access. “‘Why Women Kill’ poses powerful cultural questions with Marc’s inimitable, biting wit, and we look forward to taking viewers on this wild ride.”