‘Dawson’s Creek’ Reboot and ‘Desperate Housewives’ Revival Shut Down by Creators

There will be no new iterations of the 1990s teen series “Dawson’s Creek” and the 2000s female-led drama “Desperate Housewives.” Creators Kevin Williamson (for “Dawson’s Creek”) and Marc Cherry (for “Desperate Housewives”) nixed the ideas while promoting their new shows at the Television Critics Association panel.

Williamson, whose second season of “Tell Me a Story” is returning on CBS All Access,” confirmed that there were initial talks to reboot “Dawson’s Creek.” They have brainstormed some ideas but, in the end, there is no project to speak of.

Cherry, on the other hand, told Deadline that he’s focused on doing his new series, “Why Women Kill,” which will soon debut on CBS All Access. Because of this, he feels like he has revived “Desperate Housewives” in some weird aspects because the themes of his old show is also similar to this new series.

“Tell Me a Story” is an anthology series that debuted last year on the streaming platform. It focuses on fairytale characters but their stories are darker and more suspenseful.

The second season of this series will focus on Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. The show will star returning actors Paul Wesley and Danielle Campbell, along with new cast additions Matt Lauria, Carrie Ann Moss, Odette Annable, Eka Darville, Natalie Alyn Lind. CBS has yet to announce its premiere date.

“Why Women Kill” stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. They play characters from different decades — the 60s for Goodwin, the 80s for Liu and the current timeline for Howell-Baptiste — who have to deal with their husband’s unfaithfulness.

These CBS All Access shows are ordered as a 10-episode run, which Cherry said was less challenging to do than “Desperate Housewives.” He also liked that streaming platform shows can be more bolder with its storylines and he didn’t have that kind of freedom when he was doing his old show, which aired on ABC.