Marcy Carsey

Producer, Executive
The female half of the TV wonder-sitcom-producing company, Carsey-Werner, Marcy Carsey began in story editing and eventually made it to the senior executive level at ABC before teaming up with Tom Werner in the early ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1944 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Producer (37)

Let's Go To Prison 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

That '70s Show 1997 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

3rd Rock From the Sun 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

A Different World 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Cosby 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Cybill 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Grace Under Fire 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Grounded For Life 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1999, 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Men Behaving Badly 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Scholar 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Game Over 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Good Girls Don't 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Tracy Morgan Show 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Until the Violence Stops 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Whoopi 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

That '80s Show 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dot Comedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Normal, Ohio 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Downer Channel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

You Don't Know Jack 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

God, the Devil and Bob 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Damon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Roseanne 1988 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brett Butler: The Child Ain't Right 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Frannie's Turn 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

You Bet Your Life 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Davis Rules 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Cosby Show 1984 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Grand 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Carol Burnett Special... Carol, Carl, Whoopi & Robin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Do, I Don't 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Oh Madeline 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Callahan 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Chicken Soup (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Single Bars, Single Women (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Townies (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (4)

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brett Butler: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The female half of the TV wonder-sitcom-producing company, Carsey-Werner, Marcy Carsey began in story editing and eventually made it to the senior executive level at ABC before teaming up with Tom Werner in the early 1980s. Although most of the duo's series have relied on solid, established comedy talents including Bill Cosby, Madeline Kahn, Jonathan Winters, Michael McKean, Jackie Mason and Roseanne, Carsey and Werner have shown a flair for sympathetic, creative showcasing and workable formats featuring enjoyable variations on genre conventions. Although Roseanne had a healthy following and a set comic persona before the advent of her ABC sitcom "Roseanne", the series might not have succeeded as well as it did without the support system built around the show's star; to a lesser degree the same might have applied to the African-American revamp of "Father Knows Best" for the 80s, "The Cosby Show" (NBC). "A Different World" (NBC), meanwhile, enjoyed considerable popularity and a lengthy run by virtue of the largely untested talent which gave it energy. Even Carsey-Werner's less successful shows ("Oh Madeline", "Davis Rules"), outright misfires ("Chicken Soup"), and occasionally bland derivatives ("You Bet Your Life") had qualities to recommend them, with the result that the Carsey-Werner company has achieved considerable pull and a lively production slate filling obligations for all three major networks.

Relationships

John Edwin Peterson

Father

Rebecca White Peterson

Mother

Heidi Carsey

Step-Daughter

Kyre Carsey

Step-Child

Riley Carsey

Step-Child

John Carsey

Husband
married on April 12, 1969

Rebecca Carsey

Daughter
born c. 1975

Pete Carsey

Son
born c. 1978

EDUCATION

University of New Hampshire

Durham , New Hampshire 1966
graduated cum laude

Milestones

1998

Returned to the winner's column as one of the executive producers of "That '70s Show" (Fox)

1998

Announced joint plans with Geraldine Laybourne's Oxygen Media to launch cable TV network aimed at women (October); joined by Oprah Winfrey in November

1998

Was an executive producer of the failed Fox sitcom "Damon"

1995

Disclosed new pact with Bill Cosby to produce a CBS sitcom starring the comic actor

1992

Co-executive produced the short-lived sitcom, "Frannie's Turn"

1992

Co-executive produced a new version of the old game show, "You Bet Your Life", starring Bill Cosby

1990

Co-executive produced the serialized comedy, "Grand"

1989

Co-executive produced the short-lived sitcom, "Chicken Soup", starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave

1982

Co-owner and co-chair (with Tom Werner) of the Carsey-Werner Company

1981

Founded Carsey Productions

1974

Joined ABC as comedy progamming executive

1970

Executive story editor for Tomorrow Entertainment, Los Angeles

Co-executive produced the CBS sitcom "Cybill"

Senior vice president for primetime series, ABC-TV

Co-executive produced "Roseanne"

Co-executive produced the sitcom, "Davis Rules", starring Jonathan Winters and Randy Quaid

Co-executive produced the ABC sitcom, "Oh Madeline", starring Madeline Kahn

Co-executive produced "A Different World"

Was co-executive producer of the short-lived ABC sitcom "Townies", starring Molly Ringwald

Served as co-executive producer of the sitcom "Men Behaving Badly" (NBC)

Co-executive produced the NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun"

Co-executive produced the ABC sitcom, "Grace Under Fire"

Co-executive produced "The Cosby Show"

Co-executive produced CBS sitcom "Cosby"

Bonus Trivia

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"The Carsey-Werner Style [is a] blend of collegiality and attention to detail that can make a show take off or flop." --Jeremy Gerard in THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 25, 1990

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"They're good, smart producers. Good people like to work with them, they get good work from their writers and producers, they have a tremendous eye for talent and they tell good stories." --Stuart Bloomberg, executive vice president of ABC Entertainment

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"Television is something I watched too much of as a kid. You have long winters in Weymouth; television was sometimes the only thing to look forward to." --Marcy Carsey

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"I was not the prettiest or the most popular or the coolest. I was kind of like what I am now, which is uncool." --Carsey

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Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1996

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