Tricia O’Kelley Joins ‘Devious Maids’, Joshua Sasse To Recur On ‘The Neighbors’

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 12:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tricia O'KelleyTricia O’Kelley (The New Adventures of Old Christine) has been cast in a season-long recurring role on Lifetime’s Devious Maids. She’ll play Tanya, a local Beverly Hills resident. O’Kelley, repped by Domain and Art/Work Entertainment, recently recurred on ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. Season 2 of Devious Maids is set to premiere April 20, when star Eva Longoria will direct the season opener. Read More »

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TCA: ‘Devious Maids’ Returning On April 20; Eva Longoria To Make Directorial Debut In Season 2 Opener

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 2:53pm PST

DeviousMaidsPASADENA, CA (January 9, 2014) – Lifetime’s critically-acclaimed hit series Devious Maids (#DeviousMaids, #DeviousArmy), returns for a second season on Sunday, April 20, at 10PM ET/PT. The series is executive produced by Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, and stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes as five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Longoria will direct the series’ eagerly anticipated season two opener, marking her television directorial debut.

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Harry Lloyd Cast In WGN’s ‘Manhattan’, Mark Deklin Joins ‘Devious Maids’ As Regular

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 1:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

harrylloydHarry Lloyd (Game Of Thrones) has been tapped for a regular role in WGN America’s 13-episode drama series Manhattan. The show, from writer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme, Skydance TV, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate TV, is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, NM and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. Lloyd, repped by ICM Partners and Curtis Brown Group in the UK, will play one of the scientists. Filming is slated to begin in March in New Mexico. Read More »

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Josh Hamilton Joins Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’, Joanna Adler Added To ‘Devious Maids’

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 2:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

joshhamiltonJosh Hamilton, who is coming off American Horror Story: Coven, has been cast in another limited series, Fox’s Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. The project, from Shine America and Kudos, centers on Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), … Read More »

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Rosie Perez Joins ABC Pilot ‘An American Education’, ‘Devious Maids’ Adds Regular

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 9:50am PST
Nellie Andreeva

perezEXCLUSIVE: Rosie Perez is set to star opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot An American Education, based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. British actor-comedian Whitehall, who created and starred in the original series, is reprising his role as Alfie Wickers, now a British transplant and an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. Perez plays Rita Gomez, the school’s hard-assed Vice Principal, a terrifying force that grew up in a bad neighborhood who intimidates Alfie by her no-nonsense, bullish, self-righteous, by-the-numbers approach to ruling the school, or how she sees it, her kingdom. Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote the script from a story they co-wrote with Whitehall and Ben Cavey. All four exec produce for ABC Studios. Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Devious Maids’ Hits Series Highs In Season 1 Finale

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 3:54pm PDT

Lifetime‘s Devious Maids pulled in 3.0 million viewers for its Season 1 finale last night, a series high. In addition, the Marc Cherry-created drama was up 50% vs. the program’s June 23rd premiere,  reaching series highs across … Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Devious Maids’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With growing ratings, Lifetime’s Devious Maids has received a pickup for a 13-episode second season. After an OK but unspectacular premiere, the telenovela adaptation has been steadily improving to become Lifetime’s fastest-growing drama in its history. On August 4, Devious Maids drew series high 2.9 million total viewers, up 45% vs. the show’s June 23 premiere. (The series posted a 2.7 million viewers this past Sunday.) It has made Lifetime the No.1 cable network in the Sunday 10 PM time slot among women. “One of the most daring series on television, Devious Maids has quickly become a hit,” said Lifetime’s EVP and GM Rob Sharenow. Created by Marc Cherry based on the telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, Devious Maids is executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Eva Longoria, Paul McGuigan, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, John Mass, Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia. ABC Studios is producing. Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Devious Maids’ Seals Second Season Renewal With Another Series High

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 10:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Expect a second-season renewal of Lifetime‘s Devious Maids any minute now. The series, from Marc Cherry and ABC Studios, reached series highs across all key demographics in its sixth episode last night. After an OK but … Read More »

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TCA: ‘Welcome To The Family’ Stars, EP On Latino Stereotypes & ‘Devious Maids’

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 10:31am PDT

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Despite standing as such a large percentage of the overall U.S. population, Latino culture remains a largely invisible piece of the network primetime television landscape. So the cast and producers of the new NBC comedy Welcome to the Family were asked their thoughts on helping to break that mold a bit during a TCA session this morning. The series chronicles how cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family in Los Angeles are bonded together by their children who fall in love, followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. Exec producer Mike Sikowitz maintained that he wasn’t necessarily looking to push Latino culture to the forefront in the show, however. “I just felt it was important to do a show that I feel reflects L.A. or really any area in the country today,” Sikowitz said. “I was just trying to bring two families together.”

Co-star Ricardo A. Chavira, an alumnus of Desperate Housewives, pointed out that when Latinos exist on TV, “we exist within the realm of specific stereotypes. You can’t always escape them, either. But that’s not the foundation of what this family [on the show] is. It’s more universal than that. It just adds texture to the story.” A critic followed that up by wondering aloud if Chavira might have been referring to the Lifetime drama Devious Maids (from Marc Cherry of Housewives fame) when talking about Latinos existing in the realm of stereotypes. But he didn’t want to get drawn into a war. “I wasn’t referring to anything at all,” Chavira insisted. “I think there’s some wonderful elements to [Devious Maids]. I’m very proud of the people I used to work with and what they’re doing on that show.” However, he allowed, “Myself personally, I probably have a couple of issues with it, that’s all.” Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Devious Maids’ Opens With 2 Million Viewers

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 11:09am PDT

An average of 2 million people watched the premiere of Lifetime’s new soap Devious Maids last night, with 826,000 in the 18-49 demo633,00 of them women. That was down from the network’s most recent scripted series … Read More »

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‘Devious Maids’ Pilot Sneak Will Be In English And Spanish In Reach-Out To Latino Viewers

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT

The initiative makes sense for the upcoming Lifetime drama series, which was created by Desperate HousewivesMarc Cherry and counts Eva Longoria among its exec producers. Devious Maids is based on the hit Televisa telenovela Ellas Son La Alegría Del Hogar and centers on five Latina maids (Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes) with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills — with murder and intrigue thrown into the mix. The network is making the pilot episode available early on digital platforms beginning Sunday in both English and Spanish. The sneak peak comes ahead of the series’ on-air debut June 23. Following the premiere, Lifetime will make each episode available in both languages the day after its Sunday 10 PM airing. “We are thrilled to work with our distribution partners on making Devious Maids available in both English and Spanish to maximize the show’s crossover appeal among the broadest range of their customers”, said Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s EVP and General Manager. Read More »

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Melinda Page Hamilton & Matt Cedeno Join Lifetime’s ‘Devious Maids’

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 5:48pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Melinda Page Hamilton and Matt Cedeno have landed recurring roles on Lifetime’s upcoming series Devious Maids. Both are expected to be featured in the tweaked pilot and will be upped to series regulars if the dramedy gets renewed for a second season. Marc Cherry‘s pilot Devious Maids, originally developed for ABC last season, is based on the hit Mexican telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar. Read More »

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Lifetime Picks Up Marc Cherry’s ‘Devious Maids’ To Series For 2013 Launch

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Marc Cherry‘s pilot Devious Maids is going to series at Lifetime. The cable network has handed a 13-episode order to the ABC Studios-produced project, originally developed for ABC where it received a pilot order this past season but missed … Read More »

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Mariana Klaveno To Play Lily Munster For NBC If ‘Devious Maids’ Releases Her

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 11:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mariana Klaveno has been cast as Lily Munster in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. However, Klaveno’s deal is contingent on her being released from a pilot she had a regular role on: ABC’s Devious Maids. Klaveno is not one of the leads on Devious Maids and has just a few lines in the pilot. But, in light of the project’s possible move to Lifetime, in an act of gamesmanship or a mix of both, Devious Maids producer ABC Studios has so far refused to release the actress. I hear that, in a major departure from precedent, NBC is even willing to let Klaveno recur on Devious Maids in exchange for securing her in first position to Mockingbird Lane, where she would play the female lead.

Related: Lifetime Eyes Marc Cherry’s ABC Dramedy Pilot ‘Devious Maids’

ABC Studios has been looking to cut costs for Devious Maids‘ potential move to cable (I hear the main actresses have been asked to take a pay cut), but the studio has not agreed to convert Klaveno’s role to a recurring so she can join Mockingbird Lane. After one extension, I hear there is now a ticking clock that expires at the end of business today to get Klaveno released from Devious Maids so she can play Lilly Munster. At this point, with ABC Studios digging in (it has Klaveno in first position until at least June 30, when they can extend her option), it is probably going to take a miracle — or a call from NBC topper Bob Greenblatt to Devious Maids creator Marc Cherry — to get her released. If that doesn’t happen, NBC will likely go back to the drawing board and start casting the Lily Munster role again. Read More »

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Lifetime Eyes Marc Cherry’s ABC Dramedy Pilot ‘Devious Maids’

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It is the end of the road for Marc Cherry’s veteran ABC dramedy Desperate Housewives, which ended its eight-season run this month, but it ain’t over yet for Cherry’s latest project, the Desperate Housewives-esque Devious Maids. Lifetime is looking at … Read More »

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ABC Pilot ‘Devious Maids’ Starts Making Staffing Offers

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 2:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Marc Cherry is inching closer to a quick return to ABC’s primetime. I’ve learned that his ABC/ABC Studios pilot Devious Maids has been given permission to start making senior staffing offers. While that does not guarantee a series pickup, such … Read More »

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Eva Longoria Joins ABC Pilot ‘Devious Maids’ As Executive Producer

By | Monday March 26, 2012 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

While Desperate Housewives is coming to an end, star Eva Longoria is staying in business with ABC, ABC Studios and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. Longoria is joining the ABC/ABC Studios pilot Devious Maids, which like Desperate Housewives is a … Read More »

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CW’s ‘Shelter’ Books First Cast Member As Quintet Of Actors Join Broadcast Pilots

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Elizabeth Henstridge ShelterNewcomer Elizabeth Henstridge has become the first cast member in the CW’s Mark Schwahn/J.J. Abrams drama pilot Shelter. Produced by Warner Bros TV, Shelter is set at a historic New England summer resort where the new and returning … Read More »

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Susan Lucci To Co-Star In Marc Cherry’s ABC Pilot ‘Devious Maids’

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 3:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Susan Lucci Devious MaidsEXCLUSIVE: Daytime icon Susan Lucci is heading to primetime while staying close to her soap roots. The former All My Children star is returning to ABC with a plum co-starring role in the network’s pilot Read More »

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