Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné It's Black Bike Week! Watch 2 Short Documentaries on the Popular Annual Event It's Black Bike Week! Watch 2 Short Documentaries on the Popular Annual Event British Filmmaker Peter Greenaway Preps Feature on Alexandre Dumas British Filmmaker Peter Greenaway Preps Feature on Alexandre Dumas Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in June Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Viola Davis Will Have an Intimate, Candid Conversation on Surviving as a Creative Next Month Viola Davis Will Have an Intimate, Candid Conversation on Surviving as a Creative Next Month Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial David Oyelowo on the Craft of Acting & Advice for Young Actors David Oyelowo on the Craft of Acting & Advice for Young Actors Get Your Fill (or Feel on) of "Sexy Chocolate" in 4 New Clips from 'Chocolate City' Get Your Fill (or Feel on) of "Sexy Chocolate" in 4 New Clips from 'Chocolate City' Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ 'Girlhood' Is Now Streaming on Netflix. We Spoke to the Director About Race, Gender & the Universality of the Story 'Girlhood' Is Now Streaming on Netflix. We Spoke to the Director About Race, Gender & the Universality of the Story First Official Look at Omar Sy in 'Chocolat' (Film Attracts Distributors at Cannes But No USA Pickup Yet) First Official Look at Omar Sy in 'Chocolat' (Film Attracts Distributors at Cannes But No USA Pickup Yet) Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis What Did You Think of 'Bessie' After Last Night's Premiere? What Did You Think of 'Bessie' After Last Night's Premiere? New York Women in Film & Television Now Accepting Applications for Its Four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers New York Women in Film & Television Now Accepting Applications for Its Four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers TV One Shores Up 2015-2016 Slate with 8 New Series, 16 Original Movies + New Production Partnerships TV One Shores Up 2015-2016 Slate with 8 New Series, 16 Original Movies + New Production Partnerships Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? 'black-ish' Season Finale Will Be Set During the Harlem Renaissance. Sean "Diddy" Combs & Mary J. Blige to Guest Star 'black-ish' Season Finale Will Be Set During the Harlem Renaissance. Sean "Diddy" Combs & Mary J. Blige to Guest Star Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding

Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Ana Ortiz Are "Devious Maids" in ABC's Eva Longoria-Produced Show

Shadow and Act By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act March 30, 2012 at 10:27PM

So I guess this show is really happening after all. *Sigh*
35
Devious Maids 2

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?

devious maids

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..

This article is related to: Television


Shadow & ActNewsletter