The rumors turned out to be true. Marc Cherry's Devious Maids, produced by Eva Longoria, is moving to Lifetime. The cable network has ordered 13 episodes and the show is set to launch in 2013, reports Deadline.com.
“This show and Marc Cherry’s unique story telling voice perfectly articulate Lifetime’s strategy of attracting top-tier creatives with their most original and exciting projects,” Lifetime’s president Nancy Dubuc and EVP Rob Sharenow said in a joint statement.
The show had its share of criticisms for the name and (reported) content, with many seeing the show as derogatory to Latinas -- enforcing stereotupes and portraying Latinas in a negative light. Longoria responded to the criticisms in an interview with the Huffington Post, stating: “My immediate response is, ‘So you are telling me that those stories aren’t worth telling? That those people are lesser than…because they are a maid?’ That’s what angers me...especially within the Latino community.”
Now those stories will be told -- but will audiences like them?
The production on the series will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, not Los Angeles where the pilot was shot. Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and Roselyn Sanchez are on board to continue. The move makes sense for the show, and Marc Cherry, as the Lifetime provided an off-network home for Desperate Housewives.
Are you excited for the show?