Originally posted on TVLine:
Lifetime’s Devious Maids drew scorn from some cultural critics based on its promos alone, but with its Sunday-night premiere in the books, the question looms: Will the sudser clean up with audiences?
From Desperate Housewives producer Marc Cherry — and based on the telenovela Ellas Son La Alegría Del Hogar (They Are the Joy of Home) — the show focuses on the lives of a quintet of Latina domestic workers in Beverly Hills, and it doesn’t hurt that the ensemble is led by Ugly Betty‘s spectacular Ana Ortiz, an actress who can deftly shift gears from outrageous comedy to high drama without breaking a sweat.
The action opens with the murder of Flora, a sexy but troubled young maid for the Powell family, moments after her affair with the family patriarch has been exposed and she begins to write a letter (to whom, we can’t be certain) that contains an accusation of rape (by whom, we can’t be certain). While a waiter at the Powell’s party is implicated in the killing, it’s pretty clear he’s not guilty — a fact of which the Powells are also certain, but unwilling to reveal, since they appear to be sitting on a large cache of secrets and aren’t eager for any more police attention.