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Kevin Murphy is a co-executive producer and showrunner for Caprica.
Murphy's television career began as a writer for the family sitcom Big Brother Jake. He went on to write for the animated series The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sabrina: The Animated Series and Phantom Investigators; the science fiction-themed light family programs Weird Science, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show and So Weird; the action series Martial Law; the romantic comedy-dramas Jack & Jill and Ed; and the family dramas Get Real and The O'Keefes. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as head writer and co-executive producer for the hit comedy-drama Desperate Housewives. In 2007, Murphy wrote and produced an original TV movie titled Nobody. In the same year, he worked as a writer and co-executive producer for the supernatural-themed comedy-drama Reaper. In 2008, he created the short-lived comedy-drama Valentine, which featured the Greek gods, including Aphrodite, living in the modern world.
Murphy is also a composer and lyricist. He wrote the lyrics and book for the stage musical Reefer Madness, as well as its television adaptation. He also contributed original songs to Nobody and Reaper. Murphy is working on a musical adaptation of the 1988 film Heathers; as of 2009, the musical had had several workshops, and was aiming for a regional production in 2010 and a Broadway run in 2011.
Murphy began work on Caprica in October of 2009. He is credited as co-executive producer, starting with the episode "The Imperfections of Memory". In November 2009, Murphy took over from Jane Espenson as Caprica's showrunner, with responsibility for running the writers' room. When he began work on Caprica, Murphy was quoted as saying:
"As a rabid Battlestar Galactica fan, it's hard not to go in that writers room and not just grin ridiculously. These are the people who made the best TV show ever. To be able to be a part of the legacy of that show, I'd be willing to pay them for that."
In addition to Caprica, Murphy has several other television projects in development. These include a television adaptation of the book Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, being developed for the CW with actor Tom Welling, and a drama titled Velvet Hammer for the USA Network.
- Schneider, Michael, "Kevin Murphy joins 'Caprica'", Variety, October 7, 2009. Retrieved on February 21, 2010.
- Anders, Charlie Jane, "Jane Espenson Explains Caprica's Change Of Showrunner", io9, Gawker Media, November 16, 2009. Retrieved on February 21, 2010.
- Hinman, Michael, "Jane Espenson Steps Aside as Caprica Showrunner", Airlock Alpha, November 16, 2009. Retrieved on February 21, 2010.