Marc Cherry's latest soapy drama Devious Maids isn't exactly dominating in the ratings, but that's the great thing about a cable TV series. It doesn't need to. What's more,f the series has actually shown an increase in viewers since its premiere back in June, which is why it's not particularly surprising that the show was picked up by Lifetime for a second season.
Marc Cherry’s first post-Desperate Housewives project, Devious Maids, was a long time coming to the small screen, jumping from ABC to Lifetime where the series began airing Sunday night. Like Cherry’s recent big series, Devious Maids offers a window into the lives of the wealthy, but this time the story has been transplanted to Beverly Hills and the real heroes are the unsung maids who have the ability to air all of the household’s dirty laundry.
The summer TV season has begun, as most of the Midseason series have wrapped up and we're starting to see the networks roll out their summer offerings. Once upon a time, summer was the down season for TV, but in this day and age, cable and network television offer a nice variety of scripted and unscripted programming to fill the gap between spring and fall.
There’s good news for fans of programming on a couple of different networks this morning. Over at Lifetime, Marc Cherry’s big pilot, Devious Maids, has finally, finally been given a premiere date. There’s good news for fans of A&E’s summer programming, as well. Both Longmire and The Glades have also earned premiere dates.
Lifetime’s Devious Maids has added two recurring characters to the cast, with the promise that both will likely be promoted to regulars should the show get a second season. Mad Men’s Melinda Page Hamilton and Days of Our Lives’ Matt Cedeno have both come on board the second-chance project that managed to make it.
With Wisteria Lane exiting ABC's Sunday night line-up, one would think that there would be a vacancy for the next set of women with drama. But the network appears to have given Sunday nights a make-over, with the new supernatural-focused drama 666 Park Avenue joining sophomore returners Once Upon a Time and Revenge on Sunday nights. ABC might have found another place for Marc Cherry's Devious Maids, but the network opted to pass on the soapy-sounding drama, and rumor had it, Lifetime had its eye on it.
Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry’s new project didn’t make it over at ABC, where the pilot wasn’t picked up this season – but it may have another chance to go to series. Talks are in the early stages to give Devious Maids a second chance over on Lifetime, which conveniently airs Housewives re-runs as well. The two could make a good combination.
Dennis Miller is probably known for his hosting and commentating than he is for his acting, however he’s also known to be funny, which should serve him well in the ABC comedy pilot Awesometown, a project that's building a solid cast but seems to have taken the wrong page out of Cougar Town’s book with regards to its title.
Few pilots in development sound quite as soapy as the Marc Cherry drama Devious Maids, and the project seems to be attracting those familiar with that kind of strangely addictive melodrama. This includes Susan Lucci, who recently boarded the project as one of the wealthy maid-employing characters. And now one Melrose Place veteran and one former True Blood recurring character have joined the cast.
Susan Lucci’s no stranger to soapy drama, thanks to spending decades playing Erica Kane in All My Children. That experience may serve her well in her new role. The soap star has been tapped to play a role in Marc Cherry’s drama pilot Devious Maids.
It’s four more pilots for ABC today, all hour-long dramas. Among them are Devious Maids, based on a Mexican telenovela, and Gotham, which has magic at its center rather than a masked superhero. This should be it for drama pilots at the network this season, and there are certainly some interesting ones here.
After having spent seven years at the helm of Desperate Housewives, Marc Cherry is branching out with his new project. No longer will he spin salacious tales of murder and intrigue in the suburbs. Now he'll tell stories of murder and intrigue in Beverly Hills. He's put the busybody Desperate Housewives behind him. Make way for the busybody Devious Maids.