Lifetime has announced that it will premiere its long-awaited nighttime soap, Devious Maids, Sunday, June 23 at 10pm ET/PT.
Culled from the hit telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, and executive produced by Eva Longoria and her Desperate Housewives boss Marc Cherry, Devious Maids stars Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Edy Ganem (Livin’ Loud) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs), as housekeepers chasing their dreams while working for Beverly Hills’ most prominent families. All My Children’s Susan Lucci costars.
Want to get to know your maids before the show begins? Here’s a quick who’s who.
Marisol (Ortiz), the newcomer to the group, is hired by Taylor and Michael Stappord (Brianna Brown, Homeland, and Brett Cullen, Damages), a newlywed couple with secrets to spare.
Rosie (Ramirez) is a widow who left her own son behind in Mexico to work as a maid and nanny for egotistical actors Peri and Spence Westmore (Mariana Klaveno, True Blood, and Grant Show, Swing Town).
Aspiring singer Carmen (Sanchez) hopes that her pop-star employer Alejandro (Matt Cedeno, Days of Our Lives) can make her a star, too, but she’s blocked at every turn by her boss, Alejandro’s protective head housekeeper Odessa (Melinda Paige Hamilton, Mad Men).
Zoila (Reyes) is the senior maid for Genevieve Delatour (Lucci), a codependent and emotionally unstable rich dame.
Valentina (Ganem), Zoila’s teenage daughter, also works for Genevieve and pines for her employer’s handsome son, Remi (Drew Van Acker, Pretty Little Liars).
According to Lifetime, the series premiere entails the women closing rank when one of their own, Flora (Paula Garces, CSI Miami), is brutally murdered at the home of her employers, Evelyn and Adrian Powell, during one of the largest society events of the year. When someone Marisol loves becomes involved in the crime, she goes undercover to learn the truth.
At a summer press tour, I asked Lucci about taking the role of Genevieve, for which Cherry personally asked her to audition.
“I’m a long time Marc Cherry fan, and Desperate Housewives was groundbreaking,” she told me. “Marc’s a visionary and he’s brilliant and when he asked me to audition, I was happy to do it. And I just loved playing that part even if it was going to only be in the audition. But, very happily, we really were on the same page.”
Once she arrived on set, Lucci says she discovered Devious Maids was a winner from start to finish.
“It’s a wonderfully written script, as Marc Cherry writes,” she says. “It’s so funny and it’s also so engaging and so intriguing. And it’s shot in a very fresh way — it looks so fresh! The music is incredible. The cast is incredible. Wonderful actors across the board. I’m thrilled to be a part of it!”
Devious Maids premieres Sunday, June 23, at 10pm ET/PT on Lifetime.