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TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

by Ethan Alter March 18, 2014 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Clean up in Aisle Lifetime.

Devious Maids: The Complete First Season
Ditched by ABC and shuttled off to basic cable, Marc Cherry's follow-up to Desperate Housewives become a soapy summertime hit for Lifetime, which could use the heat after shows like Army Wives and The Client List were shown the door. Loosely based on a Spanish-language telenovela, Devious Maids follows the exploits of a quintet of domestic workers (the cast includes Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes and Ana Ortiz) who clean up the houses of the rich and famous. Because this is a Marc Cherry production, there's a murder involved, which sets the overarching plot in motion even as little mysteries and conflicts crop up on a week-to-week basis. The series proved so popular, Lifetime isn't waiting for the summer season to launch the second year. Devious Maids Season 2 gets a spring cleaning premier on April 20.
Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, bloopers and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Flashpoint: The Final Season
Canada's cure for the common American procedural ended its five-season run in its native land two years ago, and finally puts the final 13 episodes on disc for its fans in this country. Once again chronicling the exploits of the crack Strategic Response Unit -- led by Veronica Mars's proud papa Enrico Colantoni -- the last season pitted the crew against the usual mix of kidnapped kids, bank robbers and drug dealers. It all culminates in a series finale that promises new lives for some and new loves for others. It's not as notable a pop culture import as, say, Mike Myers, but on the other hand Flashpoint never went and laid a Love Guru-sized egg during the course of its five-year run.
Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Atlantis: Season 1
Not to be confused with the second Stargate series, this BBC-backed fantasy show plunges viewers into the magical land of Atlantis, now handily above ground but still filled with all manner of magical creatures and objects. Our hero is Jason, a fatherless child who goes looking for his departed dad's origins and finds himself in a world beyond imagination, crossing paths with such mythical creatures as the Minotaur and Medusa. Launched into the void left by the BBC's popular Merlin series, Atlantis did just well enough at home and abroad (it aired here on BBC America) to score a second season, but it ain't racking up Stargate numbers… at least not yet.
Extras: A lone making-of featurette.

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