Eva Longoria’s newest production is no longer homeless. The pint-sized dynamo can breathe a sigh of relief because ‘Devious Maids” – a campy drama about four sassy Latina maids in Beverly Hills who work for the rich and very spoiled – has been officially acquired by the Lifetime channel.
The show, produced by star producer Marc Cherry (the hit maker behind “Desperate Housewives) was expected to land a spot on ABC’s fall schedule because of Cherry’s relationship with the network. But Cherry and Longoria, whom he tapped as the show’s executive producer, can now feel a little better with Lifetime’s 13-episode order of “Devious Maids.”
“This show and Marc Cherry’s unique storytelling voice perfectly articulate Lifetime’s strategy of attracting top-tier creatives with their most original and exciting projects,” Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc and EVP Rob Sharenow said in a joint statement released Friday.
The show is an English adaptation of the popular Mexican novela “Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar,” and Latina starlets Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and Roselyn Sanchez have been tapped to star as the program’s lead characters. The show is currently slated for a 2013 launch and while the pilot was shot in Los Angeles, series production will reportedly take place in Atlanta.
Although the show is expected to make a splash with its Hispanic cast, Longoria has received some flack for depicting Latinas as maids. She defended the show in an April interview with the Huffington Post.
“My immediate response is, ‘So you’re telling me those stories aren’t worth telling? That those people are lesser than, that their stories aren’t worth exploring, that they have no complexity in their life because they’re a maid?’”
“That’s what angers me,” she told The Huffington Post.