‘Devious Maids’ Marc Cherry: ABC Passing on Show Was Blessing; Eva Longoria Will Direct Episode

TCA 2014: The former “Desperate Housewives” creator also revealed some upcoming plot points

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 7:27 PM

Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” will return for its second season on April 20, and with it comes some new firepower.

Showrunner Marc Cherry’s Co-Executive Producer Eva Longoria will step behind the camera to direct her first ever TV episode.

Cherry also revealed a Season 2 plot point at Thursday’s Television Critics Association panel: former housekeeper Marisol Duarte (Ana Ortiz) will marry a rich man and employ a devious maid of her own — a white woman, atypical of the help’s demographics thus far.

“She’s moving on up and she’s got a lot of deviousness to deal with of her own,” he said.

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Cherry — who created ABC powerhouse drama “Desperate Housewives” starring Longoria — admitted that ABC passing on “Devious Maids” was a “blessing.” He expressed his satisfaction with “Devious Maid’s” current cable network home, and his working relationship with Lifetime’s brass.

Interestingly, Cherry said he has only received one note from Lifetime, which was over a difference of opinion on a casting decision. The showrunner said he ultimately won out and it has worked well, though he did not reveal the character or actor’s name.

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He also offered the following takeaway from the “Housewives” experience, one that Cherry has applied to his current show: “Know what your second season is before you write your first season.”

“Devious Maids” Season 2 begins filming on Wednesday.