Marc Cherry’s next drama soap is going to Lifetime.
The cable network has picked up the Desperate Housewives creator’s new project Devious Maids, which was developed at ABC during its recent pilot season, but was passed over for a spot on the schedule.
The story follows the lives of five ambitious maids who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills (call it: Desperate Housekeepers). The series brings daytime TV icon Susan Lucci to prime time, along with the large ensemble cast that includes Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Judy Reyes (The Pregnancy Project), Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Edy Ganem (Livin’ Loud), Grant Show (Swing Town), Brianna Brown (Homeland), Rebecca Wisocky (American Horror Story), Tom Irwin (Grey’s Anatomy), Mariana Klaveno (True Blood), Brett Cullen (Damages) and Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars).
The series is based on the Mexican telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar — which, according to Wikipedia, has the rather awesome translated title of The Disorderly Maids of the Neighborhood, though translation sites say the Spanish title is actually closer to “they are the joy of the household.” Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes for a 2013 launch. The series joins the network’s expanding list of original dramas that include the recently renewed series The Client List, Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva.