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The Weekend Playlist: Maids, Discovery Gets Naked, ABC's Whodunnit?

Whodunnit?

It’s so hard finding good shows about help these days.

PBS’ hit Brit import Downton Abbey, which humanizes the servants and nobility with equal sensitivity and wit, is an exception. In the second cable series within a month depicting the class divide between the unhappy rich and the equally conflicted domestics who tidy their fabulous homes if not their messy lives, both extremes of the economic scale are patronized with cartoonish levels of camp and melodrama.

If you liked Marc Cherry‘s Desperate Housewives, then you’re pretty much already seen Lifetime’s Devious Maids — what’s next, Dangerous Masseuses? The characters and situations may be different, but creator/executive producer Cherry’s signature tone of arch cattiness leavened with sentimental schmaltz is unmistakable…

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