9:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Devious Maids' Reunion: Roselyn Sanchez Set as Female Lead in ABC Drama From Eva Longoria
ABC is staging a Devious Maids reunion.
The network has tapped Roselyn Sanchez as the female lead in drama pilot Grand Hotel.
Based on the Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It centers on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.
Sanchez, who played Carmen Luna for all four seasons of the ABC-turned-Lifetime drama, was heavily courted for the role and will play Gigi, the embodiment of "Miami glamour," she is impossibly stylish with a flair for excess. Unapologetically fabulous but never frivolous, she's smart, cunning and fiercely loyal to her twin daughters. She's the hotel owner's (uncast) second wife, but never considers herself "second" at anything.
The casting marks a reunion for Sanchez with Brian Tanen, who was a writer and exec producer on Devious Maids, as well as with Eva Longoria, who developed (and had an on-screen role in) the soap that was picked up at Lifetime after ABC originally passed on the pilot. Tanen penned the script for Grand Hotel and exec produces alongside Longoria and her ABC Studios-based Unbelievable banner topper Ben Spector. Ramon Campos, the creator of the original Spanish show, and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes, together with Campos the showrunner on the original Grand Hotel, will executive produce. Ken Olin will direct the pilot.
Sanchez's credits include Without a Trace, Rush Hour 2, Act of Valor and the upcoming indie thriller Traffik. She's repped by APA, Alchemy Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Correction: Story updated to correct the Spanish executive producers.
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