Eva Longoria is standing up for what she believes in.
In a Huffington Post op-ed published Tuesday, she defended Devious Maids, which she executive produces, against criticism it’s a “wasted opportunity” to bring diversity to TV.
“Devious Maids is a show that centers on five (count ‘em), five Latinas who are bonded together by their jobs, their ambitions, their dreams and their life struggles,” she explained. “The five women are maids by occupation only; it is what they do, not who they are.”
“Are maids a realistic reflection of Latinas in America today??” she mused. “Yes, but they are not a reflection of every Latina.”
“Stereotypes are constructed and perpetuated by those who believe in them. I choose not to,” she wrote. “The only way to break a stereotype is to not ignore it. The stereotype we are grappling with here is that as Latinas, all we are is maids. And yet, this is a show that deconstructs the stereotype by showing us that maids are so much more.”
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Eva, who earned the No. 3 spot on Forbes’ highest-paid TV actress list, is also working as a producer alongside Marc Cherry on the new Lifetime show, “Devious Maids.” “It’s an amazing show about four women, who happen to be domestic workers,” she said. “This is a perspective of the help, and we get to dive into their complex, rich stories.”
The Lifetime channel says it’s picking up a new series from the creator of “Desperate Housewives.”
The channel said Friday it has ordered 13 episodes of “Devious Maids” from producer Marc Cherry. The series is about maids working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills and counts “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria as an executive producer.
“Desperate Housewives” ended its run on ABC this season. The network had been weighing “Devious Maids” for its 2012-2013 schedule but passed.
The “Devious Maids” cast includes Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Grant Show and Susan Lucci. Lifetime is aiming for a 2013 debut for the series, which is based on a Mexican telenovela and produced by ABC Studios.
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.
Deadline says Lifetime is considering picking up the project, which is based on a Mexican format and follows the lives of four maids working in the homes of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills while trying to attain their own dreams. The pilot has ex-Housewives star Eva Longoria executive producing and stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roslyn Sanchez and Judy Reyes as the four maids. Soap opera veteran Susan Lucci is also part of the cast.
Devious Maids seemed like it had a good shot over at ABC, which just said goodbye to Housewives after eight seasons and has a hole in its programming to fill for fans of the show. Maids didn’t turn out to be that show – perhaps because it was a little too similar – but it does seem like it could be a good fit for Lifetime, which is already seeing success aiming for younger, sexier programming such as The Client List. Devious Maids isn’t the only dropped project Lifetime is looking at. They’re considering giving CBS’ cancelled drama Unforgettable a new home and also eyeing some other pilots that didn’t go to series this season.
Unfortunately, there’s not many words to describe the news that we would prefer not to deliver. Devious Maids has not been picked up by ABC. The news just came about minutes ago. I’m sorry Marc Cherry fans, the journey will not continue in 2012.
Welcome to the month of “will my new favorite show make it to my television screen.” We are in the month of the Upfronts. “An upfront is a meeting hosted at the start of important advertising sales periods by television network executives, attended by the press and major advertisers. It is so named because of its main purpose, to allow marketers to buy television commercial airtime “up front”, or several months before the television season begins.”
ABC’s Upfronts will occur in the afternoon on May 15, 2012
On this day, we will find out if “Devious Maids” gets picked up. We will continue to update you on the latest! If Devious Maids does get picked up, be ready for promotional images and possible show previews soon after.