Lifetime's Devious Maids will make some sweeping changes in its second season, which premieres April 20. Three actors have been thrown down the laundry chute: Wolé Parks, whose Sam was rejected by Roselyn Sanchez's Carmen, is out, as are Brett Cullen and Brianna Brown, who played nasty employers Michael and Taylor Stappord. "The Stappords' maid, Marisol [Ana Ortiz], has graduated out of that house," explains executive producer Sabrina Wind. "The Stappords are still part of the fabric of the community, but the actors are not series regulars, and we don't know if or when we'll see them."
When the story resumes, three months will have passed since last season's finale. In an homage to Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 film noir Rebecca, Marisol is engaged to a wealthy widower named Nicholas (Mark Deklin) and living in a home with a devious maid of its own.
"Opal [Joanna Adler] has worked for Nicholas forever and is a force to be reckoned with," Wind says. (Her son, Ethan, works as a pool boy and gets in the way of the reunion between young lovers Valentina and Remi.) "This is her home, and Marisol has entered into it." Expect Marisol to be haunted by memories of Nicholas's presumed-dead first wife. "What is going on," Wind teases, "is dark and is our big mystery."