If you enjoy the soap opera-esque shenanigans of Lifetime's 'Devious Maids,' it would appear to be your lucky day. While the drama (adapted from a Mexican telenovela) premiered to fairly soft numbers, the ratings have steadily grown since, to the point that 'Maids' now stands as the fastest growing drama in the history of its network. In fact, 'Maids' success has made Lifetime the no. 1 cable network among women in the Sundays at 10pm timeslot. The August 4th episode 'Taking a Message' earned the series its highest viewership to date, pulling in 2.9 million pairs of eyes.
Based on those stats, it really isn't very surprising that Lifetime has elected to renew 'Devious Maids' for a second season of 13 episodes. Created by 'Desperate Housewives' head honcho Marc Cherry, the drama was originally planned to air on ABC. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately in hindsight, as cable ratings expectations are much lower than those of a broadcast network), ABC subsequently passed on the project, and Cherry shopped 'Maids' around until it found a home with Lifetime. Roselyn Sanchez, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Edy Ganem, and 'Scrubs' Judy Reyes portray the titular crafty housekeepers. TV veterans like Susan Lucci, Grant Show, Brett Cullen, Richard Burgi, and Paula Garces help round out the extended ensemble cast.
This type of drama isn't really my bag (baby), but I can't deny the success the show has had both critically and commercially. It seems Mr. Cherry has hit upon another breakout series revolving around the complicated lives of five female friends. On a side note, I'm a huge Scrubs fan, and am thrilled that Judy Reyes has finally got another prominent role on TV. She deserves it.
Do you watch 'Devious Maids'? Are you pleased it's coming back?