I got to see the second episode of Devious Maids. Just like the premiere episode, it was great fun to watch and I like the smart way it serves up entertainment with a soap opera format that also has a dash of tart social commentary. As I wrote before, it's delightfully subversive and well-acted. Eva Longoria and Marc Cherry are the producers.
As far as giving good role to mature actresses, Devious Maids deserves big applause. Again, Susan Lucci shows solid chops in comedy mode. She makes you laugh as the Beverly Hills mom. It's exactly the kind of character and performance that lit up many a screwball comedy back in the 1930s and early 40s. Rebecca Wisocky has really got the gift. In my previous blog, I wrote that Judy Reyes has that Thelma Ritter quality -- like Thelma in Rear Window and All About Eve with Bette Davis. Ms. Wisocky, with her former Ziegfeld Girl-like carriage, has that Eve Arden charisma here. Directors like Lubitsch, Wilder, Minnelli, Hawks and Curtiz would've kept Rebecca quite busy with film work.
My favorite tart moment of tonight's episode: "Page 43." That just said it all. So true. So very true.