'Devious Maids' was initially set up as a pilot for ABC, who eventually passed on the project. It then found its way to Lifetime where it was picked up to series: the premiere of that series has now been set for June 23.
Described as a soapy, mystery dramedy, 'Devious Maids' is produced by Marc Cherry (writer and producer of 'Desperate Housewives') and Eva Longoria (actress, also from 'Desperate Housewives'). 'Devious Maids' certainly seems related to 'Desperate Housewives' in style and tone: the project stars Ana Ortiz ('Ugly Betty,' 'Hung'), Dania Ramirez ('Entourage,' 'Premium Rush'), Roselyn Sanchez ('Without a Trace'), Edy Ganem ('Livin' Loud') and Judy Reyes ('Scrubs,' 'Gun Hill Road') as five maids with ambition and dreams who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills where murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of some of the wealthiest and most powerful families. The series is inspired by and loosely adapted from the hit telenovela 'Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar.'
'Devious Maids' marks Longoria's first foray into producing a serial drama; she has previously produced various awards shows and shorts, getting her feet wet for a larger feat such as this. She is in good company alongside Marc Cherry, a man who has been producing television series since 'The Golden Girls' in 1990.
Time will tell if ABC's loss is Lifetime's gain; 'Devious Maids' has all of the same markings of a hit such as 'Desperate Housewives.' There is an everlasting audience for "soapy mystery dramedy" which Lifetime, Longoria and Cherry are banking on. Will you be tuning in to 'Devious Maids' on June 23?