FOX has renewed its stirring, character-driven drama The Cleaning Lady for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President, FOX Entertainment. The series is produced in partnership with Warner Bros. Television.
The series has successfully found and retained a loyal audience since its January debut, making it one of the Top 5 new broadcast dramas of the 2021-22 season, ranking as Hulu‘s most-streamed FOX debut in the network’s history, and reaching 11.9 million multi-platform viewers in its premiere episode alone.
“This heart-pounding, emotionally driven story has captivated audiences across all platforms with its empowering, suspenseful narrative about an undocumented worker forced to navigate the criminal underworld to save her ailing son’s life,” said Thorn.
“The Cleaning Lady bravely and unapologetically takes on many of today’s most important social issues — something we’re proud to say is one of FOX’s long-time calling cards — and it’s all brought into sharp perspective by the powerful performance of our lead, Élodie Yung and the entire cast.
Thorn added: “Thanks to the incredible talent of Miranda and Melissa and our outstanding partners at Warner Bros., audiences have embraced this story and can now look forward to finding out what comes next for this devoted mother and her son when our show returns for its second season.”
The series is developed by executive producer Miranda Kwok (The 100) and executive produced by showrunner Melissa Carter (Queen Sugar). The executive producers also include Shay Mitchell (You, Pretty Little Liars), David Dean Portelli, Rose Marie Vega and Paola Suarez.
The Cleaning Lady is an emotionally-driven character drama about a whip-smart Cambodian doctor, Thony, (Élodie Yung, The Hitman’s Bodyguard) who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son Luca (Valentino and Sebastien LaSalle).
With her son diagnosed with a life-threatening immunodeficiency disorder and her husband, Marco (Ivan Shaw, Insecure), struggling with a gambling addiction and unable to get a visa, Thony is left to save the boy on her own.
Where she once had it all – a successful career as a doctor, handsome husband and family, Thony is now in Las Vegas with her sister-in-law, Fiona (Martha Millan, The OA), waiting for a matching bone marrow donor for Luca, while struggling to make ends meet as an undocumented worker.
However, when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, through an unexpected run-in with a lieutenant of a powerful crime syndicate, Arman Morales (Adan Canto, Designated Survivor, The Following), she becomes a cleaning lady for their operation.
Crossing into a world of moral greys, Thony begins to live a double life, keeping secrets from her family, while cleaning crime scenes for Arman and dodging the law, including the smooth-talking FBI Agent Garrett Miller (Oliver Hudson, Scream Queens) who is in pursuit.
Using her cunning and intelligence to forge her own path in the criminal underworld, Thony does what is necessary to save Luca – even if it means sacrificing her own soul in the process.
Also starring are Sean Lew as Thony’s nephew, Chris, and Faith Bryant as Thony’s niece, Jaz. Based on the original Argentine series and produced by Warner Bros. Television and FOX Entertainment, The Cleaning Lady is a story of empowerment, resilience and the human spirit that asks us all if the ends justify the means.
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Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype and ShockTillYouDrop.