Cabler has 'Maids' and three pilots on deck to expand slate

With Lifetime canceling Sony TV-produced “Drop Dead Diva,” the femme-friendly cabler will have three pilots to choose from to fill the scripted bill.

Net already has Marc Cherry-penned “Devious Maids” set to premiere this year with 13 episodes (likely in summer), and then can choose from a trio of other projects that it can add to the slate.

ABC Studios-produced “Maids” was originally considered for the Alphabet’s fall sked, but president Paul Lee took a pass. Show, which will shoot in Atlanta, looks at five maids who toil in Beverly Hills but have higher aspirations and pine to find a new line of work.

High on the list for other series orders are pilots “The Secret Lives of Wives” and “Cinnamon Girl.” “Wives” is a Warner Horizon project that examines four marriages and how the women of those respective couples deal with everyday marital challenges.

Pilot was written by Jill Gordon, who teamed with Lifetime as one of the writers on cancer-themed miniseries “Five.” She exec produces with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz.

Renee Zellweger-created “Cinnamon Girl” follows four young women coming of age in the late 1960s-early 1970s Los Angeles music scene, inspired in part by Zellweger’s own journey from rural Texas to Hollywood. Pilot was directed by “Warrior” helmer Gavin O’Connor.

Lifetime also has pilot “Witches of East End,” from creator Maggie Friedman and Fox 21. Story involves a mother (Julia Ormond) and her two daughters, who, unbeknownst to them, are witches.

Deadline first reported the ‘Diva’ cancellation.

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