Lifetime has pulled the plug on Devious Maids. The female skewing network has cancelled the soapy drama, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, after four seasons, TVWise has confirmed.
Devious Maids follows a close-knit group of maids who are bonded together by their jobs, life struggles and the melodramatic upstairs-downstairs universe that engulfs their employers. In this series murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families.
The drama series is produced by ABC Studios and stars Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem, Grant Show, Brianna Brown, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Brett Cullen, Drew Van Acker and Susan Lucci. The executive producers are Marc Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Eva Longoria, Brian Tanen, Curtis Kheel, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, John Mass, Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia.
Lifetime’s decision not to order a fifth season of Devious Maids, which was first reported by Deadline, comes several weeks after season four wrapped its run on the network. The series started off strong in 2013 but has struggled in recent years, with this most recent season averaging less than one million viewers – a far cry from Lifetime’s glory days just a few years ago when Army Wives was managing between three and four million viewers.
This caps off the series’ troubled history. Cherry and fellow EP Eva Longoria originally developed the project for ABC for the 2012-2013 season, following the end of Desperate Housewives. While ABC brass praised the project they ultimately passed, but gave Cherry and ABC Studios the OK to shop Devious Maids elsewhere. Lifetime quickly emerged as the top suitor as, at the time, just as now, they were looking to “re-define” their scripted brand.