From the Editor: 'Devious Maids'—Let the Debate Rage On

The pilot is actually pretty tame and while the show is not exactly brilliantly written, neither is it the stereotypical atrocity that has led some people to spit fire. I didn’t cringe as much as I thought I would, though I could definitely have done without flamenco guitar music every 10 seconds, and without the portrayal of a younger woman (played by Edy Ganem) embarrassing herself in an attempt to entice the rich son of her mom’s client. You can see the unplanned pregnancy coming a mile away.

Overall, though, the show is on the side of the women and there are hints that it might be headed into more nuanced territory. We can only hope that the actresses get great material to counteract the undeniably depressing sight of talented television veterans like Judy Reyes (Scrubs), Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) and Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace)—anyone of whom could carry a show (Roselyn would absolutely rock a role like Scandal’s Olivia Pope!)—pushing a mop.

In defending the show, Eva Longoria, a producer on the Marc Cherry-created show (Desperate Housewives) based on a Mexican telenovela, says that the aim was to create complex characters beyond stereotypes—and that maids’ stories are worth telling.