TORONTO -- With its focus on five Latina household helpers in Beverly Hills, the new dramedy series Devious Maids has been accused of perpetuating stereotypes.
But cast member Susan Lucci says the show doesn't paint any individual with broad strokes.
The former soap star plays the drama-queen employer of two Latina maids in the Lifetime show that premiered Sunday on Lifetime.
She says none of the characters are defined simply by what they do or how large or small their bank account is.
Former Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz, who plays one of the maids, says the characters reflect real individuals who deserve a spotlight.
She adds their stories deserve to be told with the same humour, passion, wit, sexiness and drama as those of lawyers and doctors on TV.
Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is the mastermind behind Devious Maids, which is based on a Mexican TV series.
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is also an executive producer.
-- The Canadian Press