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Devious Maids

Devious Maids
Genre Comedy-drama
Soap opera
Created by Marc Cherry
Based on Ellas Alegría del Hogar
Composer(s) Edward Shearmur
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • David Lonner
  • Eva Longoria[1]
  • John Mass
  • Larry Shuman
  • Marc Cherry
  • Michael Garcia
  • Paul McGuigan
  • Paul Presburger
  • Sabrina Wind
  • Justin Lillehei (assoc.)
  • Brian Tanen
Location(s) [2] (Filming)
Beverly Hills, California (Setting)
Cinematography Oliver Bokelberg
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original channel Lifetime
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23) – present
Related shows Desperate Housewives
External links
Official website

Devious Maids is an American television comedy-drama series created by Marc Cherry, produced by ABC Studios and executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Eva Longoria, Paul McGuigan, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, John Mass, Paul Presburger, and Michael Garcia. The series premiered June 23, 2013, on Lifetime.[3]

The show's cast includes Ana Ortiz as the lead character, and Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem, and Judy Reyes as other maids, with Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Brianna Brown, Brett Cullen, Mariana Klaveno, and Grant Show in feature main roles.[3] The series centers on four Latina maids working in the homes of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families, and a newcomer who made it personal after a maid was murdered and determined to uncover the truth behind her demise, and in the process become an ally in their lives.

The show was originally in development to air on ABC.[4] The pilot episode was released online on June 9, 2013, before its television debut.[5] The pilot episode has received positive reviews from critics.[6] The pilot drew 1.99 million viewers, and in episode six, shot up 45 percent from the series premiere, to 2.90 million viewers.[7] The first season finale would become its highest rated episode, peaking at 3 million viewers.[8]

On August 13, 2013, Devious Maids was renewed for a second season, consisting of 13 episodes.[9] Season 2 premiered on April 20, 2014.[10] On September 26, 2014, the show was renewed for a third season, consisting of 13 episodes like the previous seasons.[11]



The pilot is based on the Mexican TV series Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, which translates to English as "They Are the Joy of the Home" and was heavily influenced by Cherry's previous series Desperate Housewives. The Mexican series is based on an original concept by Gloria Calzada, Juan Meyer, and Salvador Rizo. The American adaptation was to follow four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, California. ABC ordered the pilot on January 31, 2012.[12] Actress Eva Longoria was announced as an executive producer on March 26.[13] She had worked previously with Cherry on Desperate Housewives, and was hired to add perspective to the Latina roles.[14] ABC Studios gave Cherry permission to start making senior staffing offers for the show on May 1, which was perceived as an indication that the show would be picked up.[15]

On May 14, 2012, the pilot was not picked to series by ABC for the 2012–13 United States network schedule.[16] However, on June 22, 2012, Lifetime picked up the pilot with a thirteen-episode order.[17][18] In May 2012, Roselyn Sánchez made a cameo appearance in the final episode of Desperate Housewives, "Finishing the Hat", as her character Carmen Luna.


Dania Ramirez was the first lead cast member to be cast, being announced on February 15.[19] Ana Ortiz joined the cast as the central character on February 17.[20] On February 23, both Sanchez and Judy Reyes were added to the cast.[21][22] When Edy Ganem was announced in the cast on March 2 the show was still described as centering on the other four maids (Ortiz, Reyes, Sanchez, and Ramirez; Ortiz's character was later changed to a professor who posed as a maid).[23]

Rebecca Wisocky, who joined the cast on February 23,[24][25] Most of the other supporting roles were filled in in March: Brianna Brown (March 6);[26] Susan Lucci,[27][28] Drew Van Acker and Brett Cullen (all March 9);[29][30] Mariana Klaveno and Grant Show (both March 12);[31] and Tom Irwin (March 16);[32]

After the pilot episode was picked to series by Lifetime, Wolé Parks was added to the cast in a regular role on November 21.[33] Melinda Page Hamilton and Matt Cedeño were added to the cast in recurring roles with the promise of promotion if the show got picked up for a second season on November 26. Both were expected to appear in the pilot episode.[34] Valerie Mahaffey also made cameo in pilot, and later had recurring role as Olivia Rice.[35] Several actors from Desperate Housewives had roles in Devious Maids. Richard Burgi, Andrea Parker, Jolie Jenkins, Patrika Darbo, Dakin Matthews, Liz Torres who previously appeared in Desperate Housewives, have guest roles in this series.

For the second season, four new series regular actors were added for the show.[36] Brianna Brown, Wolé Parks and Brett Cullen are not returning for season 2. Mariana Klaveno bombed to recurring basis in second season. Stage actress Joanna P. Adler was cast in main role of a new mystery maid, Opal, in December 2013.[37] Newcomer Dominic Adams was cast as Tony, the bodyguard.[38] Tricia O'Kelley is joining the cast in the recurring role as Tanya.[39] Colin Woodell was cast as his son, Ethan Sinclair,[40] and Mark Deklin as Nicholas Deering, Marisol's new love.[41]

For the third season, Gilles Marini was upped to series regular after appearing in the season two finale.[42][43]


The pilot episode for ABC was filmed in [45] The pilot episode was directed by Paul McGuigan.[46]

Series overview

The series centers on a close-knit group of maids who are working for some of the most powerful families of Beverly Hills, California. The first season premiered on June 23, 2013. In the pilot episode, maid Flora Hernandez was killed by an unknown person, and its lead character, Professor Marisol Suarez (played by Ana Ortiz), began investigating the murder after her son was accused of that murder by pretending to be a maid using the alias Marisol Duarte. This season also introduces the four other central maids of the show: Rosie Falta from Mexico (Dania Ramirez), Puerto Rican singer Carmen Luna (Roselyn Sánchez), and senior maid Zoila Diaz (Judy Reyes), with her teen daughter Valentina (Edy Ganem). All of these maids are working in the homes of powerful characters, including emotionally unstable wealthy woman Genevieve Delatour (Susan Lucci) and her son, Remi, socialite Evelyn and her husband Adrian Powell (Rebecca Wisocky and Tom Irwin), B-list movie actress Peri Westmore and her husband, daytime soap star Spence Westmore (Mariana Klaveno and Grant Show). The first season also featured newlywed couple Taylor and Michael Stappord (Brianna Brown and Brett Cullen), who worked with Marisol on her case. The season mystery "Who killed Flora?" was revealed in episode 13 and the season ended with a cliffhanger.

The second season premiered on April 20, 2014.[10] The season centers on the mystery story of Opal, the new, 40-something maid, played by Joanna P. Adler. The character is described as "reminiscent of Mrs. Danvers from Hitchcock's Rebecca" and is seen as a threat to Marisol's new relationship with Nicholas.[36] The second season also deals with Rosie working for an African-American family that is scheming to do harm to an elderly man she's hired to act as a caregiver, Zoila dealing with her estrangement from her husband Pablo while her daughter Valentina tries to distance herself from Remi and Zoila while trying to downplay the attention of pool boy Ethan, both of whom, along with a new body guard, Tony, are hired by Adrian and Evelyn Powell in the wake of a series of robberies that leads to deadly consequences for Alejandro, who is killed during their heist at his party, leaving Carmen, who signed a deal to insure a recording deal in order to keep his homosexuality a secret, back to square one in her quest to become famous.

Cast and characters

The show features an ensemble cast with female leads. In season one, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sánchez, Judy Reyes and Edy Ganem play maid roles, and Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Brianna Brown, Mariana Klaveno, Tom Irwin, Brett Cullen and Grant Show acted as rich Beverly Hills socialites. Drew Van Acker and Wolé Parks also had regular roles in season one. Several actors also appeared on a recurring basis in season one, including Emmy Award–winner Valerie Mahaffey as Olivia Rice, Stephen Collins as Philippe Delatour, Matt Cedeño as Alejandro Rubio, Melinda Page Hamilton as Odessa Burakov, Maria Howell as Ida Hayes, Alex Fernandez as Pablo Diaz, and Paula Garcés as Flora Hernandez.

For the second season, Klaveno, Brown, Cullen and Parks left as show regular performers. Also four actors were added to the regular cast, including Mark Deklin as Nicholas Deering, Joanna P. Adler as Opal Sinclair, Colin Woodell as Ethan Sinclair, and Dominic Adams as Tony Bishara. In recurring status Tricia O'Kelley joined the cast as Tanya Taseltof, and Klaveno, Cedeño and Hamilton returned. Academy Award–nominee June Squibb also was cast as Susan Lucci's character's mother, Velma, in two episodes of the second season.[47][48] Also was added the African-American Family - the Millers, Tiffany Hines as Didi, Kimberly Hebert Gregory as Lucinda, Reggie Austin as Reggie, and Willie C. Carpenter as Kenneth Miller.[49]

Regular cast

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3
Ana Ortiz Marisol Deering (Suarez/Duarte) Main
Dania Ramirez Rosie Westmore (Falta) Main
Roselyn Sánchez Carmen Luna Main
Judy Reyes Zoila Diaz Main
Edy Ganem Valentina Diaz Main
Rebecca Wisocky Evelyn Powell Main
Tom Irwin Adrian Powell Main
Grant Show Spence Westmore Main
Drew Van Acker Remi Delatour Main
Susan Lucci Genevieve Delatour Main
Mariana Klaveno Peri Westmore Main Recurring
Brianna Brown Taylor Stappord Main Guest
Brett Cullen Michael Stappord Main
Wolé Parks Sam Alexander Main
Mark Deklin Nicholas Deering Main
Joanna P. Adler Opal Sinclair Main
Dominic Adams Tony Bishara (real name Amir Hassan) Main
Colin Woodell Ethan Sinclair Main
Gilles Marini Sebastien Guest Main

Recurring cast

Actor Character Seasons
1 2
Matt Cedeño Alejandro Rubio Recurring
Melinda Page Hamilton Odessa Burakov Recurring
Alex Fernandez Pablo Diaz Recurring
Paula Garcés Flora Hernandez Recurring
Valerie Mahaffey Olivia Rice Recurring
Maria Howell Ida Hayes Recurring
Stephen Collins Phillipe Delatour Recurring
Eddie Hassell Eddie Suarez Recurring
Susie Abromeit Dahlia Deering Recurring
Tricia O'Kelley Tanya Taseltof Recurring
Tiffany Hines Didi Miller Recurring
Kimberly Hebert Gregory Lucinda Miller Recurring
Reggie Austin Reggie Miller Recurring
Willie C. Carpenter Kenneth Miller Recurring
Gideon Glick Ty McKay Recurring
Ivan Hernandez Javier Mendoza Recurring
June Squibb Velma Mudge Recurring


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