After weeks of negotiations, the cable net has officially handed Marc Cherry’s ill-fated ABC pilot Devious Maids a 13-episode order.
“This show and Marc Cherry’s unique story telling voice perfectly articulate Lifetime’s strategy of attracting top-tier creatives with their most original and exciting projects,” Lifetime prez Nancy Dubuc and EVP Rob Sharenow said in a joint statement.
Loosely based on the Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood, Cherry’s Maids follows four ambitious housekeepers (played by Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz, Scrubs‘ Judy Reyes, Heroes‘ Dania Ramirez and Without a Trace‘s Roselyn Sanchez) who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Soap icon Susan Lucci was on board to play one maid’s employer, while onetime Melrose Place resident Grant Show and True Blood alum Mariana Klaveno would lord over another, as a successful soap opera hunk and his self-centered actress-wife.
March may be Women’s History Month, but we should be working actively all year to have more women’s work on film and on stages. We cannot accept the lowly statistics without activism. It’s not that women aren’t writing enough or aren’t trying to get produced. There are a lot of closed doors. Rather than belabor why, we need to cultivate more women producers.
Let’s review what we’ve been taught as young girls that may not have been the best advice. I’m willing to use myself as a guinea pig.
But, with the exception of the 1st placer, the judges’ names feature more prominently in the P.R.
No wonder we all think that being in showbiz is the best thing there is. (And it is! really! Yum!)
by NELLIE ANDREEVA
Thomas Wong has been selected as the first fellow of Fox Writers Intensive, the network’s new initiative for experienced writers with diverse background, ethnic minorities as well as LGBT, foreign-born and others. Wong, chosen from the inaugural class of 10 FWI finalists, has received a deal from Fox to purchase and develop his original submission, drama script Queen. In addition, Fox will award Wong’s referring organization, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, a $15,000 FWI grant to be earmarked for its writing program. Wong is repped by The Gersh Agency.