It is the end of the road for Marc Cherry’s veteran ABC dramedy Desperate Housewives, which ended its eight-season run this month, but it ain’t over yet for Cherry’s latest project, the Desperate Housewives-esque Devious Maids. Lifetime is looking at the pilot, which missed the cut at ABC, and has had conversations with its producer, ABC Studios. While Lifetime appears interested, sources stress that the talks are preliminary. The cable network has been looking at a number of busted broadcast pilots and cancelled series, including CBS’ Unforgettable, but Devious Maids seems to be closer than most to the new, younger and sexier direction Lifetime is taking with series like The Client List. Additionally, like USA Network, which owns off-network rights to Modern Family and is exploring picking up Fox’s comedy pilot Rebounding, executive produced by Modern Family co-creator Levitan, as a companion for it, Lifetime is the off-network home of Cherry’s Desperate Housewives.
Based on the Mexican format, Devious Maids follows four maids (Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes) with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. The project’s cast also includes Susan Lucci, and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is among its executive producer.