3:24pm PT by Philiana Ng
Lifetime Renews 'Devious Maids' for Season 3
Lifetime is keeping Devious Maids around.
Two months after the sophomore season ended, the A+E Networks' female-skewing cable network has renewed the primetime soap from creator Marc Cherry for a 13-episode third season. It will return in 2015.
Cherry will continue to serve as showrunner, splitting duties with executive producers Ric Scwartzlander and Brian Tanen, who has been with the show since the beginning. Scwartzlander comes from The Soul Man and Cougar Town.
Viewership for the most recent season, which wrapped July 13, averaged 1.8 million viewers per week in same-day ratings, down slightly from its freshman run. The series, from ABC Studios, continues to be the No. 1 basic cable program during its 10 p.m. Sunday time period among women.
"We are thrilled to be bringing Devious Maids back for another season. Marc Cherry has created a uniquely twisted world that blends his comic wit with devilishly ingenious characters and plot twists," said Rob Sharenow, executive vp and general manager of Lifetime.
Devious Maids centers on a group of maids (Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes) who are bonded by their jobs, struggles and employers' "upstairs-downstairs" universe.
Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Grant Show, Matt Cedeno, Melinda Page Hamilton, Drew Van Acker, Brianna Brown and Brett Cullen co-star in the series. Eva Longoria, an executive producer, made her directorial debut on the season-two premiere.
Inspired by the telenovela Ellas son la Alegria del Hogar, Devious Maids landed at Lifetime with a series order in June 2012 after ABC developed and passed on the project.
Lifetime's scripted portfolio includes Witches of East End, The Lottery and the forthcoming Un-Real.