CBS ALL ACCESS ANNOUNCES NEW STRAIGHT-TO-SERIES ORDER
FOR “WHY WOMEN KILL” FROM MARC CHERRY
Series to Be Produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios
Sept. 24, 2018 – CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced a new original straight-to-series order for WHY WOMEN KILL, a darkly comedic drama created by Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”). The series will be produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. Creator Marc Cherry will serve as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer (“Empire,” “Genius”) and Francie Calfo (“Empire,” “Genius”), and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis.
WHY WOMEN KILL details the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and a lawyer in 2018, each 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 Marc Cherry. “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.”
“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.”
“As we began the process of building Imagine Television Studios, Marc was at the top of my list of premium writers who I knew could create an inventive, razor-sharp series to cut through the marketplace – and Marc delivered on all counts. We are honored and thrilled to be partners with Julie and her team at CBS All Access on this project and look forward to playing a key role in bringing viewers to their streaming service,” said Francie Calfo.
WHY WOMEN KILL joins CBS All Access’ growing slate of original series which currently includes STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, THE GOOD FIGHT, NO ACTIVITY and STRANGE ANGEL, as well as ONE DOLLAR, streaming now, and TELL ME A STORY, premiering Oct. 31. CBS All Access’ original series library will continue to expand with the addition of the previously announced reimagining of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and a new untitled “Star Trek” series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, with additional programming to be announced.
WHY WOMEN KILL is the first series order between Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios through their co-financing partnership.
About CBS All Access
CBS All Access is CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its original series, which include STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, THE GOOD FIGHT, STRANGE ANGEL, ONE DOLLAR and NO ACTIVITY, CBS All Access gives CBS fans the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand – spanning current shows from primetime, daytime and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV hits – and stream their local CBS station live. CBS All Access is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs and Amazon Channels. For more details on CBS All Access, please visit: https://www.cbs.com/all-access/.
About Imagine Television:
Imagine Television was founded in 1986 by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and is run by Imagine Television Group Chairman, Francie Calfo. The company’s productions have been honored with 195 Emmy Nominations and 30 Golden Globe nominations. Imagine has a robust slate of television projects in its pipeline including “Swagger” (APPLE) with Kevin Durant, “68 Whiskey” (PARAMOUNT), and “The Untitled Jessica Gao Comedy” (ABC), as well as a number of shows currently running including the award-winning series “Empire” (Fox), “Arrested Development” (Netflix), and “Genius” (NATGEO). Earlier productions include Fox's Golden Globe and Emmy® award winning Best Drama Series “24”; NBC’s Peabody Award winning series “Friday Night Lights”; Fox’s Emmy® award winning Best Comedy “Arrested Development”; Fox’s “Shots Fired”; Fox’s “Lie To Me”; CBS’s “Shark”; NBC’s “Miss Match”; WB's “Felicity”; ABC's “SportsNight”; and HBO's “From the Earth to the Moon”, which won the Emmy® for Outstanding Mini-Series. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit film comedies “Night Shift” and “Splash,” and continue to run Imagine as Executive Chairmen. www.imagine-entertainment.com
About CBS Television Studios:
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable, and streaming platforms. The Studio’s programming includes the phenomenally successful NCIS franchise; the critically acclaimed STAR TREK: DISCOVERY; MADAM SECRETARY; JANE THE VIRGIN; CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND; the Peabody Award-winning series “American Vandal”; the hit dramas SEAL TEAM, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII FIVE-0, MACGYVER, BULL, INSTINCT and ELEMENTARY; the popular comedy MAN WITH A PLAN; DYNASTY for The CW; and the summer series SALVATION and the action-adventure drama BLOOD & TREASURE; which will make its debut in summer 2019.
The Studio also produces the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK, as well as the Emmy Award-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN. For CBS All Access, the Studio produces THE GOOD FIGHT; STRANGE ANGEL; $1, the streaming service’s first comedy series; NO ACTIVITY; and the upcoming highly anticipated revival of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. The Studio’s programming also includes series based on popular, viral segments from THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, “Carpool Karaoke” for Apple Music and “Drop the Mic” for TBS, as well as “Insatiable,” “Unbelievable” and “Dead to Me” for Netflix. Additionally, the Studio produces the comedy anthology series “The Guest Book” for TBS; and OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT and YOUR HONOR for SHOWTIME. The Studio’s new series for the 2018-2019 season are MAGNUM P.I., THE CODE, FBI, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, HAPPY TOGETHER and FAM, for the CBS Television Network, and CHARMED and IN THE DARK for The CW.
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