*“Devious Maids” returns to Lifetime for its second season this month with some huge surprises right off the bat.

“Certain characters, we will have to say goodbye to, or we’ll use them for the first couple of episodes, and then they’ll transition out,” creator Marc Cherry revealed at the TCA Press Tour in January. “As you know, for those of you who watched ‘Desperate Housewives,’ you know that part of doing a soap is characters come, you enjoy them, and then some of them have to go.”

The series launched last year surrounding four Latina maids working in the homes of Beverly Hills’ most powerful families, and a newcomer who made things personal after another maid was murdered.

Ana Ortiz leads a cast that includes Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem, and Judy Reyes as fellow housekeepers; as well as  Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Brianna Brown, Brett Cullen, Mariana Klaveno and Grant Show. Cherry wouldn’t reveal which if any of these characters would make an exit this season, but did admit to feeling the loss.

“I had to say goodbye to some people I just loved. But, you know, to keep the show fresh and to make sure I’m providing these terrific gals with obstacles and new story lines, that’s the kind of thing you have to do,” Cherry said. “You’ll see some new faces, and we’ll say goodbye to some other faces.”


Judy Reyes and Edy Ganem in Season 2 of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”

Cherry said his wild, outrageous plots and subplots are actually rooted in real stories, which he heard during pre-production meetings with ladies who were both current and ex maids in the Beverly Hills/Bel Air area. “And believe me when I tell you, half of the stories they told me, I could not do even on a cable network,” Cherry revealed. “The things were so bizarre or just racy. So it really gave us confidence going forward to go, whatever we could think of, the truth is stranger than fiction.”

Below, co-stars Judy Reyes and Edy Ganem share stories of fans who personally relate to their characters. (Judy speaks first.)

“Devious Maids” returns to Lifetime on April 20. Watch the Jason Derulo-enhanced promo below.