By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act March 30, 2012 at 10:27PM
So I guess this show is really happening after all. *Sigh*
If you recall, back in October we announced ABC's new pilot Devious Maids, helmed by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry; he is now parternering up with Housewives' star Eva Longoria, who will serve as executive producer.
Devious Maids' is an adaptation of the Mexican Telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood. Devious will follow four maids played by Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Dania Ramirez (Heroes, She Hate Me), Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2, Without a Trace), Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Gun Hill Rd), who work for celebrities and the wealthy in Beverly Hills, and have goals and dreams of their own.
You know it just really irks me that the only show with FOUR Latino female leads are about glamorized maids. No, I haven't seen the show, but just looking over at the cast of these beautiful women, I get a feeling that Devious Maids will not take a realistic look at all the hardships and adversity Latino maids in the U.S. face (deportation, health care etc.).
Obviously, it's far from a political show, but I can't help but ponder why...with Hispanics/Latinos being the largest minority in the U.S. at the moment (yes, larger than African Americans, 16.3% and 12.6% respectively), and out of all the different lifestyles of said minority in today's society, this is the only show producers can think of to cater to this segment of the population, which are also huge consumers in our economy?
Couldn't there be a show with this talent attached that portrayed Latino women, women of color, as educated women pursuing careers in this county, just like the many Latino women you and I come across everyday?
Some will say, well this show was a hit in Mexico, so why not here? Well, Mexico has what seems like hundreds of telenovelas syndicated yearly; the majority of those do not center on characters that are maids. On the contrary, you will find many of their plots revolve around wealthy and professional protagonists much like Days of Our Lives and the like. Besides, the dynamics and politics of domestic workers in Latin America are very different for domestic workers in the U.S.
We only get one pilot in this county revolving around, again FOUR Latino women, and this is the show championed to become a hit?
This is nothing against the talent attached. I just wished their talents were used in a contemporary show that reflected the diverse lives of Latino women in this country.
But, who knows? Maybe the show will prove me wrong, and I hope it does..