Edy Ganem to Star in the Indie Action Thriller “Free Dead or Alive”

Edy Ganem’s schedule is Free-ing up…

The 37-year-old Mexican-Lebanese actress will star opposite Seth Michaels and 50-year-old Venezuelan actress and model Patricia Velasquez in Free Dead or Alive, an indie action thriller written, produced and directed by Erik Bernard.

Edy Ganem

The film follows Eva (Ganem), a beautiful strong-willed young woman who enters a journey to escape her mother’s (Velasquez) arranged marriage to the region’s most dangerous cartel. Her defiance sets off a chain of events that threatens her life. Surviving will require the skills of Dragon (Michaels), a coyote that can protect her during her quest throughout the dangerous world of cross-border cartels who are the law of the lands.

Robert LaSardo, Robert Avellanet, Jonathan Joss, and Al Coronel will co-star. Courtney LeMarco will serve as executive producer.

Ganem’s previous credits include Devious Maids, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationThe Cleveland Show and Rob. 

Velasquez’s previous credits include The Mummy, Saint Bernard and The Curse of La Llorona.

Lifetime Renews Sanchez’s “Devious Maids” for a 13-Episode Third Season

There’s more deviousness in Roselyn Sánchez’s future…

More than two months after Devious Maids’ second season came to a close, Lifetime has picked up the 41-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer’s mystery comedy-drama for a 13-episode third season.

Devious Maids

Ratings-wise, Devious Maids earned its renewal. Its second season premiere episode in April, which was directed by the show’s executive producer Eva Longoria, was on par with its series debut in total viewers (2 million) and climbed 15% in 18-49. It didn’t experience the ratings upswing of the dramedy’s freshman season, which grew to 3 million in the finale, but has averaged a strong 1.8 million viewers in Live+same day calculations.

Created by Marc Cherry and inspired by the Mexican telenovela Ellas son… la alegría del hogar, Devious Maids stars Sánchez, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Edy Ganem, Judy Reyes, Rebecca Wisocky and Susan Lucci.

Cherry executive produces the series with Longoria and othes, including Televisa USA’s Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia.

Ganem to Star in the Indie Film “Ana Maria”

Edy Ganem is ready for her telenovela close-up…

The half-Mexican actress has landed the lead role in the indie feature film Ana Maria.

Edy Ganem

Ganem will portray the title character, a receptionist obsessed with a telenovela who suddenly finds herself transferred to the TV world of her beloved characters, where everyone thinks she’s the fabulous and beautiful star of the show.

Georgina Riedel will direct the pic, which she co-wrote with Jose Marquez.

Ganem currently stars as Valentina Diaz on Lifetime’s Devious Maids. Her other television credits include appearances on Rob, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Entourage and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

She’ll next appear in the feature film After The Wedding.

Longoria to Direct Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” Season Two Opener

Eva Longoria is adding another title to her resume… television series director.

The 38-year-old Mexican American actress will direct the season two premiere episode of Lifetime’s hit series Devious Maids, marking her television directorial debut.

Eva Longoria

The series, executive produced by Longoria and for former Desperate Housewives boss Marc Cherry, stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes as five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, a place where murder and mayhem collide in the posh mansions of the city’s wealthiest and most powerful families.

Inspired by the hit telenovela, Ellas son… la alegría del hogar, Devious Maids is Lifetime’s fastest-growing scripted series ever and is the number one series across cable in its Sunday time period among women. Its finale last September garnered three million total viewers, making the episode Lifetime’s best drama telecast in 2013.

Devious Maids also stars Susan Lucci, Grant Show, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Matt Cedeño, Melinda Page Hamilton and Drew Van Acker. Joining the cast this season are Dominic Adams, Joanna Adler and Colin Woodell.

Devious Maids returns for its second season on Sunday, April 20  at 10:00 pm ET.

Ramirez Gives Birth to Twins

Dania Ramirez is a devious mother…

The 34-year-old Dominican actress and Devious Maids star and her husband Bev Land welcomed twins into their family on Tuesday.

Dania Ramirez

“You guys!! today is a VERY SPECIAL day bc @DaniaJRamirez had her babies really early today!!!” her co-star Edy Ganem tweeted. “Sending her love!!!”

Ramirez, in turn, retweeted the comment.

Ramirez later shared a photo of some of the flowers she’s received since giving birth to a boy and girl, along with the message, “THANK YOU ALL!!!”

The actress and Land, a Hollywood director, married in February. He is already father to son Kai, 11, with his ex-wife Sharon Leal.

Lifetime Renews Sanchez’s “Devious Maids” for a Second Season

Roselyn Sanchez will be reporting for maid duty for another season…

As predicted, Lifetime has renewed the 40-year-old Puerto Rican actress’ sudser Devious Maids for a 13-episode second season.

Devious Maids

Following a not-so-spectacular premiere, the telenovela adaptation has managed to see ratings steadily improve to become Lifetime’s fastest-growing drama in its history.

On August 4, Devious Maids garnered a series high 2.9 million total viewers, up 45% vs. the show’s June 23 premiere. This past Sunday the series registered 2.7 million viewers.

Devious Maids has made Lifetime the No.1 cable network in the Sunday 10 PM time slot among women.

“One of the most daring series on television, Devious Maids has quickly become a hit,” said Lifetime’s EVP and GM Rob Sharenow.

Created by Marc Cherry and executive produced by Eva Longoria, the series is based on the telenovela Ellas son la alegría del hogar.

Devious Maids centers on a close-knit group of maids (Sanchez, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes), bonded together by their jobs, life struggles and boss’ melodramatic “upstairs-downstairs” universe.

The women turn to one another for support after a fellow maid Flora (Paula Garcés) is brutally murdered at the home of her employers.

Devious Maids also stars Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Mariana Klaveno, Grant Show, Matt Cedeño, Melinda Page Hamilton, Drew Van Acker, Brianna Brown and Brett Cullen.

Ganem to Participate in Roselyn Sanchez’s PetSOS Charity Race

Edy Ganem is about to race for a cause…

The half-Mexican actress, who stars as Valentina Diaz on Lifetime’s Devious Maids, will compete alongside her co-stars on Saturday in a charity race to benefit the PetSOS organization, which is working to upgrade an animal shelter in Puerto Rico.

Edy Ganem

In a press conference this week, Devious Maids star Roselyn Sanchez said that Ganem, Judy Reyes and Rebecca Wisocky would take part in the invitation-only Amazing Paw Paw Race in the U.S. commonwealth.

Other artists slated to participate included singer-songwriter Jencarlos Canela, singer Ana Isabelle, television host Jaime Mayol, actor Julian Gil and his girlfriend, Colombian actress Viviana Serna.

Sanchez said the event was “really significant” because of its potential to help the Puerto Rican government improve the situation of stray dogs on the island.

She called on Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s administration to include the effort to rescue these animals among its other top priorities like combating crime and unemployment and improving public health.

Sanchez said the number of stray dogs in Puerto Rico has tripled over the past decade to 300,000 and she called on the island’s authorities to open more shelters to house these canines.

Referring to the race, she said the different team members must be “very athletic” because they will have to navigate an obstacle course spanning six different municipalities.

The funds raised for PetSOS also will be used to organize a large-scale spay and neuter drive on the island aimed at sterilizing hundreds of dogs and cats belonging to needy families.

Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” Starring Ortiz, Headed for a Second Season Renewal?

It looks like Ana Ortiz and her Devious Maids co-stars will be back on maid duty next season…

The 42-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress’ new Lifetime sudser is expected to receive a second-season renewal from the network, according to sources, after experiencing continued growth since its debut in June.

Devious Maids

Devious Maids, from Marc Cherry and ABC Studios and executive-produced by Eva Longoria, reached series highs across all key demographics in its sixth episode on Sunday night.

After a lackluster premiere on June 23, the telenovela adaptation has steadily improved to become Lifetime’s fastest-growing drama to date.

Sunday’s episode drew a total of 2.9 million viewers in its inaugural broadcast.

Not only does that mark a new series high for the freshman drama, it’s a 45 percent increase from the series launch.

Devious Maids has continued to improve throughout July — not just in total viewers but across the network’s targeted demographics.

Growing a whopping 69 percent since the launch, Devious Maids took in 1.4 million adults 18-49.

The series grew the most among women in that age range, 74 percent, with a total of 1.1 million.

Along with Ortiz, the series stars Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes.

While the network hasn’t given a second-season renewal just yet, the writing is on the wall. Network brass spoke highly of its ratings growth during last week’s Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Sanchez’s “Devious Maids” to Premiere on Lifetime in June

Roselyn Sánchez will be doling out a Lifetime of deviousness this summer…

Following the release of teaser videos for the series last September, Lifetime has announced that it’s new series Devious Maids, which stars the 40-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer, will premiere on Sunday, June 23 at 10:00 pm ET.

Devious Maids

Executive produced by Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry and DH star Eva Longoria, the series stars Sánchez. Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes as five maids with ambition and dreams who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, where  murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of some of the wealthiest and most powerful families.

Devious Maids

Inspired by the Mexican telenovela Ellas son la alegría del hogar, Devious Maids is produced by ABC Studios.

Devious Maids, which was originally developed for ABC, will premiere on Sunday, June 23 at 10:00 pm ET.