'Devious Maids' Canceled at Lifetime After 4 Seasons

The series hailed from ABC Studios and 'Desperate Housewives' creator Marc Cherry.
Lifetime

It's the end of the road for Devious Maids.

Lifetime has canceled the series after four seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The news comes weeks after the season-four — now series — finale, which aired Aug. 8. The comedy-drama hailed from Desperate Housewives executive producer Marc Cherry. He originally developed the show for ABC, but Lifetime picked up the ABC Studios-produced drama to series after the network passed in 2012. Former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria also exec produced the show, and had directed on the series.

Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes, Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin and Grant Show starred in the hourlong series for all four seasons.

Devious Maids was one of just two original scripted series at Lifetime, the other being UnREAL. The latter earned a season-three pickup days ahead of its season-two premiere in June. Although the critical darling received some backlash in season two, UnREAL snagged Emmy nominations for writing and for actress Constance Zimmer. 

Although his previous creation, Desperate Housewives, was an Emmy favorite in its early years, Devious Maids was never able to break in. Ratings were also soft, with the season-four finale drawing a 0.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and under 900,000 total viewers.

The cancelation also comes after a major rebranding for the A+E-owned cable network. Earlier this year, Lifetime launched a new on-air look promoting female empowerment and tied to the word "fempire." The campaign is built around younger and edgier programming in the same vein as UnREAL. At the same time as the launch of Lifetime's "fempire," the net put several new projects into development, including a two-hour pilot for an adaptation of the YA novel Sea Change and the anthology series A Midsummer's Nightmare, for which Lifetime ordered a pilot last month.

comments powered by Disqus