“Devious Maids” creator Marc Cherry says he learned a thing or two from his eight seasons running “Desperate Housewives,” the first being, “Know what your second season is before you write your first season.”
“I very much plotted everything with an eye to what I was going to do in the second season,” Cherry said of “Devious” during the TCA Winter Press Tour. “When I did ‘Desperate,’ I was just trying to get through that first season. And, boy, when I started Season 2, I didn’t know what was going on. What’s been lovely about this show is I learned a lot of tough lessons the hard way in the eight years that we were doing ‘Desperate.’”
One thing Cherry did not have to deal with on “Desperate” was accusations of perpetuating Latina stereotypes. While some supporters in the Hispanic community have applauded the cultural breakthrough of “Devious Maids” – including its Latina executive producer Eva Longoria and predominantly Latina cast – there’s been a ton of backlash over whether a show about Hispanic maids is really a step forward.
“A couple people wrote editorials, very suspicious and distrustful, of the show. And, Eva and I had had many talks and worked very long and hard hours trying to make sure that what we were doing was not fostering stereotypes,” Cherry said. “It was really breaking them down. And I think once people started seeing the show, the reason the backlash ended is people saw how much love and affection we have for these characters.”
Below, Cherry brings up the storyline between mother daughter characters Zoila (Judy Reyes) and Valentina (Edy Ganem) as an example of the show avoiding stereotype. Also, cast member Susan Lucci, who plays their wealthy employer Genevieve Delatour, says the writing also “negates the stereotypes of the Beverly Hills household owners.”
Season 2 of “Devious Maids” premieres Sunday (April 20) at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
Watch a recap of season one below.