TVLine Items: Eva Longoria Joins Marc Cherry Pilot, Showtime Offers Early Premieres and More

Eva Longoria has joined Marc Cherry’s ABC drama pilot Devious Maids — but there’s a twist!

The Desperate Housewives star will be a major player behind the scenes on her longtime boss’ new project, hopping aboard as an executive producer.

Based loosely on the Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood, Cherry’s series centers on four Beverly Hills-based housekeepers (played by Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes) with big dreams of their own.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

Showtime is doling out the return episodes of The Borgias, Nurse Jackie and The Big C ahead of their respective April 8 premieres. Head to the pay cabler’s official site or YouTube page to view the early debuts.

• British actress Laura Haddock (Upstairs Downstairs, Strike Back) has been cast as the female lead in Starz’s new drama Da Vinci’s Demons, which is described as a historical fantasy about a young Leonardo da Vinci (played by Tom Riley). Haddock will play Lucrezia Donati, da Vinci’s lover and Lorenzo Medici’s mistress.

• David Spade will reunite with former Just Shoot Me star Wendie Malick in a May episode of Hot In Cleveland, reports. The Rules of Engagement star will play a hairstylist.

• Tennis pro Serena Williams will guest-star in the upcoming fourth season of Drop Dead Diva as a family lawyer representing Brandy Norwood’s Elisa in a bitter custody battle, per

• Ready for some Doctor Who goodness? Take a peek below at the all-new Season 7 promo.

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  1. MJ says:

    That link sent me to a castle article and not info on early premieres for showtime shows.

  2. Carmen says:

    A show with Hispanic leads and they had to be maids? Rme. Cherry’s perception of women is terrible so I can expect a lot of stereotypes from this, right?

    • Kira says:

      Actually it has nothing to do with Cherry’s perception of women. Did you miss the part that said it’s based off of a Mexican telenovela?

      • Carmen says:

        Um, he’s still the one writing it and like you said, BASED OFF, not exactly word for word. Also, because it’s based on, doesn’t mean they’re going to stick with the Mexican telenovela storyline. And since he is the creator, it has EVERYTHING to do with his perception. Next.

        • Josh says:

          Responding in a rude, condescending manner does not mean you won the argument.

        • first of all ou dont have to be rude about it and second I prefer it to have all latin women because 1 it is based on a mexican novela and 2 we need more shows with latin leads so I am very happy the way this pilot is coming out so if you have nothing nice to say, just dont say anything at all.

          • CJ says:

            Not to mention that a show about maids in Southern California which didn’t star hispanic actresses would be incredibly unrealistic. Hispanic maids may be a stereotype, but it’s also reality.

      • CJ says:

        It’s actually based ON a telenovela, not off it.

    • Jason says:

      And this is why he hired Eva Longoria to EP the series. That way, he can get away with the whole stereotypical-ness of the series.

  3. steve says:

    go to they are on the homepage

  4. Jess says:

    yay doctor who! i really hope Captain Jack will come back as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration!

  5. april-ann says:

    Ana Ortiz!

  6. Mark says:

    What a fake out! I really wanted Eva to be a part of this show as an actress. Lame that it’s only an EP role :(

  7. Doctor Who! That teaser trailer is amazing. I absolutely love Amy and Rory, so next season is going to be tough.

  8. Aaron says:

    Serana Williams as a laywer? LOL!

    • CJ says:

      I haven’t seen her act, but I have seen her present her product line on Home Shopping, and I think she has a good chance to be believable as a lawyer. She has a relatively serious, intelligent, and charming personality–not at all what one generally expects from a pro athlete.

  9. S says:

    OMG. I hope Devious Maids gets picked up. I love Ana Ortiz.

  10. Eva will be behind the scenes, but Roselyn on-camera?! Works for me!