'Desperate Housewives' Creator, Alum Marc Cherry Chats about Showbiz

Students from Cal State Fullerton’s College of the Arts and College of Communications recently participated in a two-day forum with Marc Cherry, creator and executive producer of the hit Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning ABC drama series “Desperate Housewives” and Lifetime’s “Devious Maids.” The discussion was covered by the Orange County Register.

Cherry, who grew up in Fullerton and Yorba Linda, graduated from CSUF in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts. 

Throughout his discussions on Feb. 10-11, Cherry shared stories of his time spent at the university, the start of his television writing career, as well as his trials, errors and success in the more than 20 years since graduating from CSUF.

Although he is known for his series “Desperate Housewives,” which follows the lives of suburban housewives living on Wisteria Lane, Cherry, 53, was a writer and producer for “The Golden Girls” and other television comedies prior to his rise to fame.

He advised students to be wary of believing being hired in the television industry would mean a lifetime of success and employment.

“A career in show business is not a sprint. It’s not like you just go ahead and get a job and then you’ve made it,” Cherry said. “I went through a period of eight years where employment was sketchy.


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