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

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

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..

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Comments

Dalia

Idiot, read what latino means and that is how the people behaves without looks the different Color.

LeBraun

What are you talking about. I know Judy Reyes Dominican and Dania Ramirez are Afro Latinos so they do have women with African ancestry. I think both were in the list of 25 of the most beautiful Afro Latinas on MSNLatino/Telemundo and Latina.

Just google it – 25 of the most beautiful afro latinas.

alexandria vinci

hi rosyln sanchez i love u on without a trace u r one of my favorite characters u r very pretty and cute and i just want to say u r a great actress and happy birthday to u

Donella

Kelsey Grammer would likely have been a better partner for a new series featuring four Latinas than Marc Cherry, but since Eva Longoria already had the Desperate Housewives relationship with Cherry…

Akelah

Ahh Vanessa, same struggles, different minority group, welcome aboard! I'm tired of complaining and explaining to others who don't get it. I don't know where it will or has gotten us. All I can say is look to independent projects because Hollywood may never get it.

Owelles

@LEONRAYMOND — you are about as "OG" as Willy Wonka. You are a crybaby and your generalizing of blacks in film is pathetic. Truth hurts? Don't give a f%$ck! lol

CreoleYaya

This show is indeed disturbing. I did not support The Help and I do not support this! And, I am so sick of people saying, "Well, at least they are working." Didn't minority actors say the same thing back in the 30s, 40s, 50s and so on? Tis, tis tis!!

LeonRaymond

@OWELLES, Sorry , I didn't know cheering for my peeps would upset you!!!

BONDGIRL

Blame the white woman (Longoria)…she pitched it to ABC execs.

LeonRaymond

I will be cheering no matter, what, like I did for Musical Chairs (Latino Themed) Tio Papi (Latino Themed) and 36 Saints (Latino Themed) that's my base and I go where I am loved, so I support them 100%

Akimbo

I'm of two minds about the show: big fan of Ana and Judy so glad they're getting work but the subject matter is very questionable. I'm really wondering why this article credits Roselyn with two 10-year-old projects (Rush Hour 2, I get, but Boat Trip?) instead of her most recent work on Without a Trace and why it didn't credit Judy with the project she's most known for: Scrubs.

d. honey

Well said. I'm surprised to see Judy Reyes attached to something like this.

sandra

It's interesting that these latinas couldn't be inserted in the other multitude of pilots being developed. They could be a lead detective, doctor, supernatural being, counselor, socialite, ingenue, etc…Why do these roles have to be given to random Australians, New Zealanders, English, Welsh actors with very little credits on their resume? There is homegrown talent right here! But when a show like Bad Girls, which is set in a max security prison, or Devious Maids is being developed, all of sudden HWD is reminded that there are actresses of color out there.

onyx

It's interesting from a historical perspective and racial, how the women pictured fall into the stereotype of the "hot" Latina, while the African American maids of The Help (and in many films by Hollywood and on TV) were de-sexualized, as if to pretend that the man of the house could never be attracted to them, therefore no race-mixing. That is also the not so subtle message of The Help, though you'd have some who'd state it was about the "sisterhood" of Skeeter and the maids. Now we're aware that it didn't matter what a domestic looks like, its power and control in many cases, especially during segregation, when black maids (some just young girls) were assaulted simply because of their color, and that the males could get away with it. There was no mention of the beauty in the African American culture, in either the novel of The Help or the movie. The ones considered "attractive" when the film was marketed overseas were the males who practiced segregation. Stuart was called a "handsome good ole boy" and Johnny Foote was called a "southern dreamboat" when it was marketed in Ireland and England. The younger actresses like Emma Stone, Brice Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain's looks were also played up. Not so for Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer, two women who gave the movie much, if not most of its acting power.
http://acriticalreviewofthehelp.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/absence-of-beauty/

jesss

You, latino true-believers are funny. You protest and want to boycott not finished tv show. What is wrong being a maid? I'm from Poland. Polish woman works as maids in Spain, Germany, UK, USA. Sometimes they even play such roles in movies.

But we are not crying because of that. We are not moaning about stereotypes.

Besides, you are maliciously ignoring a fact, that in a concept of "Devious Maids", main characters has ambition – they want to be someone (for example a singer, like Carmen)

Our problem is not racism, but a sense of humor. You are overreacting about "latino proud". Just look at tv industry using perspective. Another fact is, that no one forced these actresses to play maids.

Miles Ellison

Certainly, there are more interesting stories to tell and more interesting characters for these women to play. But this is the story that people will actually watch. That's the sad thing.

My2cents

These are all talented actresses, but unfortunately these are the best opportunities out there for them now. The problem is not so much with Devious Maids as it is with the lack of diverse casting on the rest of the new crop of pilots. What's needed is balance so that all Latinas are not portrayed in one light. On a positive note Tracy Vilar was cast as a regular on the CBS comedy pilot Partners playing the Puerto Rican office assistant. Hopefully there will be more to come.

Mark

What I think is interesting is that two of the Latina maids are Afro-Latina. I wonder if that is how they will be portrayed or will they be just passed off as mestiza/Mexicana?

When is the last time a Latina was allowed to be both Latina and black on TV?

sandra

ALSO…In what reality would these hot women be hired as maids given how insecure, jealous and unbalanced these wealthy Bev Hills women tend to be. What woman is going to allow a Dania Ramirez type into her home to be bending and reaching and polishing and picking up items off the floor while whipping her hair back and forth. You saw how homely Arnold Swarzzernegger's (sp?) maid looked and what happened to her (12 year-old square-jaw love child and err'thang) LMBAO. When we see maids of celebrities, they are almost always elderly women who appear to wear orthopedic shoes NOT Jimmy Choos!!!! So to have these gorgeous women in these mansions gettin all hot and sweaty might be too much for regular television. And you KNOW they're going to play that angle up to the max (vixens with THICK accents with buttons popping off their uniforms randomly). Latinas as sex objects…how original!

sandra

EXACTLY! These women are in their prime and are well-knowned for their beauty. They're commonly referred as babes and hotties so to see them stuck in maids uniforms (I don't care how sexy they try to make them) is a waste. My interest peaked when I heard about four latinas in ONE project then I found out that it was more of the same. I'm disappointed with Eva Longoria's involvement in this. I DO NOT want to hear the "this is just a job and actors got to eat and if they don't take the role some other starving latina will take the job" argument. I knew that "The Help" was going to usher in a whole new level of disrespect for minorities (oh, but it's all about good storytelling! Don't get so worked up.) I'm just waiting on Drivin' Miss Daisy – the prequel (with Ludacris/Common orWacka Flacka & Reese Witherspoon) which will be succesful. This of course will allow the series to be developed.

norman kelley

This is why I haven't see The Help. While I'm glad Viola Davis and other black actresses got some work and received nods, Devious Maids is just a Latin version of The Help. Of course, it is better to play a maid than be one as Hattie McDaniels once replied when asked about being typecast as such.

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