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Review: 'Devious Maids' are sexy, scheming and stereotypical
Review: 'Devious Maids' are sexy, scheming and stereotypical

In a perfect world, "Devious Maids," a new drama written by Marc Cherry and produced by Eva Longoria, both late of "Desperate Housewives," could be judged simply by its own merits, as an attempt to translate a popular telenovela to American television, in this case Lifetime. Taken as such, "Devious Maids" is just unfortunate — a silly, hyperactive version of "Downton Abbey," relocated to Beverly Hills and populated with as many cliches and stereotypes as can fit upstairs and down. The rich are all various degrees of horrible, their employees (the maids of the title) a requisite combination of sass and surrender. But like it or not,...

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