Many within the TV industry were surprised when Desperate Housewives' creator Marc Cherry's new drama pilot Devious Maids wasn't picked up by ABC. The network had itself commissioned the pilot episode, but ended up passing on the project for undisclosed reasons. As of today, in what has quickly become a running theme this decade, it's cable to the rescue. Lifetime has officially opted to pick up Devious Maids for a thirteen episode order that will begin airing in 2013.
The series follows the complicated lives of five ambitious Beverly Hills maids, all of whom work for high profile clients. The large ensemble cast includes daytime legend Susan Lucci (in her first primetime leading role), Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz, Scrubs' Judy Reyes, Entourage's Dania Ramirez, Without A Trace's Roselyn Sanchez, Melrose Place's Grant Show, and several more actors and actresses.
Devious Maids is based on a Mexican telenovela entitled Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, which Wikipedia claims translates to The Disorderly Maids of the Neighborhood, which I actually like better than the Americanized name. At least it's unique. Anyway, I don't speak Spanish, so I apologize if Wiki's translation is incorrect. For what it's worth, online translation sites insists the title translates closer to They Are The Joys Of The Household.
Do you plan to check out just how devious these maids are? Was ABC smart to pass on the series?