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Lifetime's 'Devious Maids' season 2 poster -- EXCLUSIVE

The ladies of Lifetime’s hit series Devious Maids are back – and by the looks of a new poster for season 2, with plenty of oh-so-juicy secrets. READ FULL STORY

'The Simpsons': Eva Longoria plays Lisa's Republican friend/rival -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Eva Longoria may have given a speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of Barack Obama, but on the next episode of The Simpsons, she’s taking the stage as a Republican.

Longoria plays the role of Isabelle Gutierrez, who becomes Lisa’s new best pal. However, the glow of new friendship may flicker out quickly as liberal Lisa discovers that Isabelle’s political animal is an elephant, not a donkey. Worse yet, they are opponents in the campaign for second-grade class rep. You can preview the Lisa-Isabelle debate from “The Kid is All Right” (Fox, 8 p.m., Sunday) in the clip below. Longoria isn’t the only famous voice in the episode; Anderson Cooper plays himself in a flashforward. READ FULL STORY

'Devious Maids' reaches series-high viewership

Muy caliente, indeed.

After a bit of a bumpy start, Lifetime’s soapy drama Devious Maids is proving to be a certifiable hit. The summer series, which stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem, and Judy Reyes, was eyeballed by 2.9 million viewers last night — a 4 percent increase from last week’s episode and a 45 percent increase from the series premiere back in June, which had 2 million viewers. Obviously, the show does well in the female market: Maids grabbed 1.1 million women in the 18-49 bracket and 1.0 million women in the 25-54 bracket. Though other Lifetime series like Drop Dead Diva and The Client List sported 2.8 million viewers for their premieres, Devious Maids’ steady increase is only a good sign.

The Marc Cherry- and Eva Longoria-produced project was originally developed under ABC, which passed on the pilot before Lifetime picked it up last summer.

Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' comes to Lifetime this summer

The man behind Desperate Housewives, Marc Cherry, is coming out with a juicy new show this summer on Lifetime! Devious Maids, based on the telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, will premiere on Lifetime June 23 at 10 p.m. ET. The show tells the ”upstairs-downstairs” story of a group of maids ”as clever, witty, outrageous and downright devilish as their employers.” Housewives‘ star Eva Longoria is also one of the show’s executive producer.

Two teases of the intrigue to expect: In the pilot, a maid is found murdered at a large society event. Also, Scrubs‘ Judy Reyes is the maid for… wait for it… All My Children’s Susan Lucci, whose character’s name is… wait for it… Genevieve Delatour. Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz, Without a Trace‘s Roselyn Sanchez, Livin’ Loud‘s Edy Ganem, and Heroes‘ Dania Ramirez also star.

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Eva Longoria signs deal with Universal

Eva Longoria has signed a first-look development deal with Universal Television that includes a non-writing, executive producer agreement with her production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. “I am thrilled and excited to join Universal Television on what promises to be a wonderful and creative partnership, especially given all of the recent success at both the studio and the NBC network,” said Longoria, in a statement. “The collaboration between UTV and my production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, on our Ready for Love project has been extraordinary. Looking ahead it will be fun to find and develop unique scripted and non-scripted shows that excite television audiences.”

“We know that this new agreement with Eva Longoria is significant in continuing what has already been a productive relationship,” said NBC Entertainment’s president, Jennifer Salke. “She has exceptional energy, vision, a prestigious name and the creative knack for finding compelling new concepts for our growing studio.”

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'Desperate Housewives' DVD release: Sneak a peek at two deleted scenes from the final season -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Desperate Housewives has been off the air since May, but the Wisteria Lane drama isn’t quite over. No, Nicollette Sheridan hasn’t landed her retrial, but ABC is venturing back to Fairview with the DVD releases of Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season, as well as Desperate Housewives: The Complete Collection. As usual, the DVDs feature a bevy of extras — featurettes about the show’s deaths and goodbyes and a blooper real, for starters. And then, of course, there’s the deleted scenes, two of which EW has exclusively here as a preview for you.

The first scene is a funny interaction between neurotic queen Bree (Marcia Cross) and detective boyfriend Chuck (Jonathan Cake), after he smells something funny and wants to check the trunk of the car they’re driving to see what could be producing such a bad odor. As you might remember from this past final season, Bree spent much of her time hiding the dead body of Gaby’s (Eva Longoria) abusive stepfather. The situation leads to pretty typical Bree-esque tactics, but in the end, it’s funny. The second scene is a bit more emotionally touching and comes from the series finale — it’s the moment when Susan (Teri Hatcher) tells her girlfriends from the Lane that she’s moving away for good in the wake of Mike’s (James Denton) death. It’s actually hard to believe this moving scene didn’t make the episode.

Both DVD sets are available next Tuesday, Sept. 25, but until then, enjoy two of the deleted scenes from Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season here now:

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