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Beginning as a writer for the 1990s Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats, Daily joined the crew of the sitcom Frasier in 1999. In total he wrote or co-wrote fifteen episodes of the series and was also one of the show's co-executive producers during its last years. He won two consecutive Writers Guild Awards in the category Outstanding Script - Episodic Comedy, for the episodes “Rooms with a View” (2002) and “No Sex, Please, We’re Skittish” (2003).
In 2006, Daily and Keenan joined Desperate Housewives as a producer and writer. Following Keenan's departure from the show in 2007, Daily was promoted to executive producer, starting with the first episode of the fourth season. He served as showrunner for the eighth and final season. He wrote or co-wrote fourteen episodes, including the series finale in 2012, which he co-wrote with series creator Marc Cherry.
After Desperate Housewives, Daily left ABC for a development deal at CBS. He was the executive producer/showrunner for the CBS reboot of The Odd Couple, starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, for three seasons (2015-2017). In 2017 he co-created the series Superior Donuts, based on the Tracy Letts play, and served as executive producer/showrunner for two seasons.
Daily began his career as a journalist in Chicago, serving as Contributing Editor at Chicago Magazine. He also wrote for Spy, Men's Journal, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe.
Daily graduated from Carleton College in 1982 with B.A. in English and received an M.A. in English from University of Chicago. He is the husband of the television publicist Janet Daily and the father of Emma Daily and Owen Daily.
- "Production Credits: Frasier: The Dog that Rocks the Cradle". Allmovie. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
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