Pilot Scoop: ABC Orders Four Dramas, Including New Marc Cherry Soap and Magical Cop Saga

Desperate Housewives may be on its way out, but ABC is staying in business with Marc Cherry and his Devious Maids — one of but four drama pilots the network picked up on Tuesday.

Based loosely on the Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood, Devious follows four ambitious housekeepers who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Cherry (pictured) will write and executive-produce the project, along with DH exec producer Sabrina Wind.

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ABC’s other new drama pilot orders are:

* Gotham, from Michael Green (Everwood, Heroes), centers on a female cop who discovers that a magical world exists within New York City.

* Penoza follows the widow of an assassinated criminal who has to take over her husband’s role in a crime syndicate as a means of protecting her family. Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight) is set to write and executive-produce the project.

* Zero Hour, from Paul Scheuring (Prison Break), tells the story of an editor at a skeptics magazine who is pulled into a bizarre conspiracy.

ABC’s previous pilot orders include a family comedy starring and exec-produced by Judy Greer, and a reimagining of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.