EXCLUSIVE: After four years at Universal TV, Alexandra Cunningham is moving to 20th Century Fox TV with a one-year development deal. Cunningham got her start as a writer on ABC’s NYPD Blue and made her mark on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, which she joined after the pilot, rising through the ranks to executive producer and one of the dramedy’s key writers. At Universal TV, she wrote and executive produced NBC’s well-received adaptation of the British series Prime Suspect. She most recently served as a consulting producer on the studio’s A&E drama Bates Motel and is currently an executive producer on NBC’s upcoming drama Aquarius, from ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein, which stars David Duchovny. On the development side, she wrote two projects for NBC this past season, a Murder, She Wrote reboot, which had Octavia Spencer attached to star, and Gone For Good, based on Harlan Coben’s best-selling thriller. “We have been pursuing Alex for years,” said Dana Walden, CEO and chairman of 20th TV.
“As a writer, she has incredible range and she is an experienced and skilled showrunner.” Walden credited the studio’s head of development Michael Thorn and SVP drama Lisa Katz for convincing Cunningham to come to 20th TV. “We are all true fans of hers and look forward to developing with her this season.”