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‘Devious Maids’ Creator Marc Cherry: We Are ‘Not Fostering Stereotypes’

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“Devious Maids” Season 2 (L-R): Edy Ganem, Roselyn Sanchez, Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez

“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.’”

"Devious Maids" creator Marc Cherry and Executive Producer Eva Longoria

“Devious Maids” creator Marc Cherry and Executive Producer Eva Longoria

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.”

(L-R) Edy Ganem, Judy Reyes and Susan Lucci film a scene for Season 2 of Lifetime's "Devious Maids"

(L-R) Edy Ganem, Judy Reyes and Susan Lucci film a scene for Season 2 of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”

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.

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Vogue Sued Over Video of Kimye Cover Shoot

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*Vogue’s Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover is now the target of a lawsuit from a singer who claims his song ended up in the music used along with video of the shoot on Vogue.com.

Ricky Spicer, a former member of ’70s boy band The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, has filed a lawsuit against Vogue and Condé Nast for using Kanye West’s “Bound 2”—which, Spicer alleges, contains unauthorized samples from the Ponderosa Twins song “Bound” —as the soundtrack for the video on Vogue.com, reports the New York Post.  [Listen to the track below.]

Spicer already filed a lawsuit against West and his recording labels last December for sampling his music without permission.

The New York civil suit claims that “Mr. Spicer’s voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44 percent of the lyrics” and that Vogue “knowingly used the voice audio recording of Mr. Spicer without his authorization or consent.”

Spicer is seeking unspecified damages.

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Michelle Obama to Appear on ABC’s ‘Nashville’

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*First Lady Michelle Obama will play herself in a visit to ABC‘s country music drama “Nashville” for a military-themed episode to air May 7.

The episode, titled “All Or Nothing With Me,” is set at the Fort Campbell Army base, reports Deadline.com. ABC says the storyline involves Reyna (Connie Britton) organizing of a charity concert on the Army base after finding out Luke (Will Chase) has been injured in Afghanistan, cutting short his tour.

News of Mrs. Obama’s appearance comes a couple months after her announced cameo on the April 24 season finale of “Parks And Recreation” to promote her “Let’s Move” program targeting child obesity.

Aside from numerous late-night appearances and docu-series, FLOTUS has appeared in only a couple scripted series including “Sesame Street” in 2009 and in a cameo on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” in 2012.

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Mase Sued By Model Used to Promote his Comeback Single

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*Mase has a fresh lawsuit to go along with his return to rap.

According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Stephanie Delgado (who goes by Stephanie Rao for modeling) claims Mase lifted the photo straight from her Instagram page and used it to promote his new song, “Why Can’t We.”

Rao says no one ever contacted her asking for permission to use the photo, which she says ended up being used on more than 40 different sites to promote the song.

Rao is seeking royalties in the amount of $60,000 and damages in the amount of $180,000.

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Snoop Dogg Books Speakeasy-Themed Residency in Las Vegas

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*Snoop Dogg is about to get his Roaring Twenties on in Las Vegas.

The rapper has booked six nights at the TAO nightclub for his 1920s-themed “Snoopadelic Cabaret.”

Launching May 3, the show will feature Snoop as the master of ceremonies and headliner, staging both live performances and DJ sets of his hits. Roaring Twenties-inspired specialty acts and dance numbers will build the experience, complete with period costumes and a cocktail menu echoing the era.

“I’m excited to partner with the TAO team for these special classy events. This summer is going to be epic and I can’t wait to give Vegas that real Snoopadelic Cabaret vibe,” Snoop said in today’s news release.

Tao advises guests to get in the Snoopadelic spirit and “dress classy.”

The second event is set for May 25, with additional dates to be announced throughout summer and fall.

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Prince Finally Makes Nice with Warner Bros Under New Record Deal

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*Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes with the label caused him at one point to scrawl “slave” on the side of his face and change his name to a symbol.

Warner Bros. announced Friday that it has resigned Prince after reaching an agreement with the singer, who recorded for the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, releasing key projects like “Purple Rain,” ”1999″ and “Around the World in a Day.”

Prince’s new deal includes full ownership of his back catalogue and a 30th anniversary re-release of his classic soundtrack album “Purple Rain” in June.

Announcing the news in a statement today, Prince said, “A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros, Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.”

Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Warner Bros. Records chairman and CEO Cameron Strang added, “Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again. He is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and re-mastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces.”

Warner Bros. also said the 55-year-old singer would release “previously unheard material” from his tenure on the label.

Prince added in the statement that he’s also working on new music apart from Warner Bros.