It looks like ABC’s loss was Lifetime’s gain. Lifetime’s all-new hit primetime soap, Devious Maids, from executive producers Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) and Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), has been renewed for a second season.
The series revolves around a group of maids (stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes) who are bonded by their jobs, struggles and employers’ “upstairs-downstairs” universe. The women turn to one another after the brutal murder of fellow maid Flora (Paula Garces), who has some scandalous secrets of her own.
Devious Maids has seen ratings surge 45 percent since its June 23 premiere; hitting a series high of 2.9 million viewers for the July 28 episode, “Walking the Dog.” The series also holds the honor of being the network’s fastest-growing drama in its history and the number one ad-supported cable program among Women 18+ and Women 2+ in the Sunday 10:00pm ET/PT hour.
“One of the most daring series on television, Devious Maids has quickly become a hit,” said Lifetime executive vice-president and general manager Rob Sharenow. ABC opted to pass on the series during the 2012 development season.
Devious Maids also stars Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Grant Show, Matt Cedeno, Melinda Page Hamilton, Drew Van Acker, Brianna Brown and Brett Cullen.
Inspired by the hit telenovela, Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, Devious Maids is produced by ABC Studios. The series was created by Marc Cherry and is executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Eva Longoria, Paul McGuigan, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, John Mass and Televisa USA’s Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia.