Do you miss the antics on Wisteria Lane? Executive Producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria have a new show premiering tonight, Sunday, June 23 at 10 pm ET to fill that void. Instead of focusing on a group of suburban housewives, Devious Maids takes a look at two distinct groupings: Those that live in beautiful Beverly Hills' homes and those who clean them.
Devious Maids feels much like Desperate Housewives in tone, but that's not a bad thing. In the first episode instead of the suicide of a housewife, there's a murder of a maid, Flora. Her death kicks off an intriguing murder mystery. Who killed her and why?
In the premiere episode, a core group of four maids are introduced, as well as, their employers. In addition, Marisol (Ana Ortiz) applies to be a maid, but there's something a little off about her. She's a mysterious outlier that befriends this group of maids.
Both the rich employers and the maids are introduced through the stereotype that their character represents. Viewers will immediately understand the role that is being played and how they fit into the story. While this expedites the understanding of their characters, I hope that that the show expands beyond those stereotypes and pushes the characters to be more individualized and nuanced.
The extremes of the characters provided plenty of humor with the occasional eye-roll, especially with the employers. There's the creepy, philandering husband that cheats with the maid, the overbearing and selfish socialite, the self-absorbed actress, the over-dramatic crazy lady, and the beautiful new wife with self-esteem issues.
Each of their idiosyncrasies open them up to manipulation by their maids in various ways. Intelligence levels are not tied to the income level of the character. There's maneuvering being done by both employers and maids and that makes for an interesting game.
Overall, Devious Maids is the perfect summer show. It has a balance of funny and serious moments. There are a few roll the eye moments especially with Susan Lucci's performance of Genevieve and in Valentina's obvious and unoriginal flirtation with Remi. Plus, I'm not sure why Carmen wasn't fired her first day other than for story purposes.
Despite those issues, even those characters have been set up in a way that they could provide some of the best laughs on the series as the episodes go forward depending on how they play out.
If you were a fan of Desperate Housewives, I'd recommend you give Devious Maids a watch. If you hated that show, then this one is probably not for you either. It's not a show to watch for unique and new characters, because they've all been seen before. Though, the core thread of the murder mystery has the potential to shake up the characters and move the show in a unique direction.
Devious Maids airs on Sundays at 10 pm ET on Lifetime.
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