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'Devious Maids' Review: Season 2 Gets Downright Funny

Posted: 04/18/2014 10:40 am

Wait, what? I know, you expected me to say "Devious Maids" gets dirty in Season 2, what with all the mopping up the titular characters have to do. But if you thought Season 1 of "Devious Maids" was funny, the laughs in the Season 2 premiere alone will have you wanting more. The funny factor may have something to do the hilarious Eva Longoria -- one of the series' executive producers -- who also happened to direct the return.

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Like the early days of "Desperate Housewives" (you remember, before the storylines got completely preposterous), "Devious Maids" is fabulous (and I say that snapping my fingers, a la Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier's "Men on Film"). It's everything a nighttime soap should have: drama, suspense, romance, mystery, camp, shady characters and beautiful ones. Comedy isn't typically what one would expect from this show, but leave it to Marc Cherry to add that extra treat that makes it that much more well-rounded than other series in the genre.

It's been nearly a year since we met Marisol (Ana Ortiz), Rosie (Dania Ramirez), Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez), Zoila (Judy Reyes) and Valentina (Edy Ganem) and a lot has changed since. Marisol, who was hiding her Ph.D-ness and passing herself off as a maid, cleared her son of murder and lands a man, Nicholas (Mark Deklin); Rosie finds a way to avoid deportation, but her reunion with Spence (Grant Show) isn't exactly happily ever after; Carmen is adapting easily to married life with Alejandro (Matt Cedeño) but Odessa (Melinda Page Hamilton) isn't loving the new dynamic); and Zoila and Valentina's relationship is still on shaky ground, but leave it to Genevieve (Susan Lucci) to brighten up that situation.

Zoila's deteriorating relationship with her 19-year-old daughter, Valentina, and some marital problems force the meddlesome mom to move in with her melodramatic, occasionally suicidal employer Genevieve Delatour, played by former soap opera queen Susan Lucci.

Oh, La Looch. She shines in every scene and anyone who only knew her as Erica Kane in the past must love how she gets to show off her talents. As a longtime "All My Children" fan (thanks, Mom), I can't help but feel a weird sense of pride at how she has broken free from the stereotypical soap shackles to become the number-one scene-stealer on "Devious Maids." Here's hoping Cherry and co. continue to utilize the Emmy-winning actress, for not only her acting skills but her comedic timing. And things will only get wackier when Zoila and Valentina move in with the melodramatic dreamer.

Genevieve isn't the only one who earned genuine chuckles during the premiere. Alejandro and Carmen's relationship is a wonderful breath of fresh air and the two bounce their lines off one another so effortlessly, it's like they've been doing it for decades. Peri (Mariana Klaveno) could easily be a one-note villain, but her ignorance adds another dimension. Adrian (Tom Irwin) and Evelyn (Rebecca Wisocky) could also be the creepy older couple on the verge of divorce, but their eyeroll-worthy marriage almost makes them a force to be reckoned with. Almost.

Like with any sophomore season of a show, "Devious Maids" looks to be getting dirtier and sexier with plenty more secrets. The biggest secret of all -- which I have already divulged -- is that it's funnier too. Yes, there will be more complications facing each relationship, more crazy plot twists and the latest maid, Opal (Joanna P. Adler), who works for Nicholas, may be the creepiest character yet. I guess it can't be all fun and games.

"Devious Maids" returns Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Lifetime.

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  • A+E Networks 2013 Upfront - Inside

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been retouched) President and CEO of A+E Networks Abbe Raven poses with the cast of 'Devious Maids' at the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on May 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

  • Lifetime's "Devious Maids" Dallas Screening

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 06: (L to R) Gaby Natale, Judy Reyes and Edy Ganem respond to questions during a Q&A after a screening of 'Devious Maids' at LOOK Cinemas on June 6, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Lifetime)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez and Edy Ganem attend the premiere party of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • A+E Networks 2013 Upfront - Inside

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Actress Dania Ramirez of 'Devious Maids' attends the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on May 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, executive producer Marc Cherry; actresses Roselyn Sanchez and Edy Ganem and executive producer Eva Longoria attend the premiere party of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Ana Ortiz, Eva Longoria, Dania Ramirez

    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LIFETIME - From left, Ana Ortiz, executive producer Eva Longoria and Dania Ramirez attend Lifetime's Devious Maids Premiere Party, on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Lifetime/AP Images)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - After Party

    PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Edy Ganem, Dania Ramirez and Ana Ortiz and executive producer Eva Longoria attend the premiere of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' after party on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: Actress Dania Ramirez attends the premiere party of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - JUNE 17: Executive Producer Eva Longoria attends the premiere of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Eva Longoria, Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez

    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LIFETIME - From left, executive producer Eva Longoria, Roselyn Sanchez, and Dania Ramirez attend Lifetime's Devious Maids Premiere Party, on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Lifetime/AP Images)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez and Edy Ganem attend the premiere party of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

 

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