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Lifetime orders Marc Cherry’s ‘Devious Maids’

A scene from "Devious Maids" (Lifetime)

 “Devious Maids,” which is being produced by ABC Studios, snared a 13-episode order from Lifetime – a subsidiary of A&E Networks, which is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corp. and NBCUniversal.

Lifetime is, not coincidentally, also the network of Cherry’s “Desperate Housewives” reruns.

 “Devious Maids” is not the only ABC Studios series for ABC that has migrated to cable in the past several weeks; ABC Studios-produced comedy “Cougar Town,” dumped by ABC, recently landed a new-season order from TBS.

 “Devious Maids” follows the exploits of five ambitious maids working for “the rich and famous in Beverly Hills,” Lifetime said in Friday’s announcement.

 ABC ordered the pilot, but did not greenlit it to series when it unveiled its plans for the upcoming TV season, last May.

 Based on the Mexican telenovela “Ellas son la Alegria del Hogar,” “DM” stars Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem, Grant Show, Brianna Brown, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Brett Cullen, Drew Van Acker, and Susan Lucci.

 Eva Longoria, who was among the stars of Cherry’s longrunning ABC hit “Desperate Housewives,” now is among the exec producers of Cherry’s new series.



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