Mistresses (U.S. TV series)

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Based on Mistresses (UK TV series) 
by Lowri Glain
S.J. Clarkson
Developed by K.J. Steinberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Rina Mimoun
Douglas Rae
Grant Scharbo
Robert M. Sertner
K.J. Steinberg
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Studios
Ecosse Films
Bob Sertner Productions
Good Talk Productions
Tsiporah Productions
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03) – present
External links
Official website

Mistresses is an American mystery drama and soap opera television series based on the 2008–10 U.K. series of the same name, about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships. This adaptation was developed by K.J. Steinberg, and stars Alyssa Milano, Rochelle Aytes, Yunjin Kim, Jes Macallan and Jennifer Esposito in the lead roles. The series was originally set to premiere on May 27, 2013.[1] However, ABC announced that Mistresses would premiere on June 3, 2013.[2]

On September 25, 2015, ABC renewed Mistresses for a fourth season, with Esposito departing the cast after one season. Unlike previous seasons, ABC renewed the series for 14 episodes, one episode more than its previous seasons.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Alyssa Milano as Savannah "Savi" Davis (seasons 1-2), a lawyer who is Harry's ex-wife and the older sister of Joss.
  • Yunjin Kim as Dr. Karen Kim, a psychiatrist who was romantically involved with one of her patients.
  • Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, a widowed single mother, who is the owner of home furnishings boutique and cafe.
  • Jes Macallan as Josslyn "Joss" Carver, a real estate agent and the younger half-sister of Savi.
  • Jennifer Esposito as Calista Raines (born Carla Rizzotti) (season 3), creative director of a luxury fashion brand who befriends Joss.[3]
  • Jason George as Dominic Taylor (seasons 1-2; guest, season 3),[4] a lawyer and coworker of Savi's.
  • Brett Tucker as Harry Davis,[4] a chef/restaurateur who is Savi's ex-husband.
  • Erik Stocklin as Sam Grey (season 1), the son of Karen's deceased lover.
  • Rob Mayes as Marc Nickleby (season 3), a handsome new friend and colleague of Harry's and the uncle of Paul and Miranda's son that moves in with April.[5]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03) September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)
2 13 June 2, 2014 (2014-06-02) September 1, 2014 (2014-09-01)
3 13 June 18, 2015 (2015-06-18) September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)

Development and production[edit]

In February 2012, ABC announced that it had green-lighted Mistresses with a direct-to-series order and a planned summer 2013 airdate. Thirteen episodes were ordered.[6][7][8][9] K.J. Steinberg wrote the pilot episode, which had previously been under consideration for a pilot order for ABC’s fall 2012 schedule.[6] This is the second attempt by a network to import the British series to the U.S. In 2008, Lifetime announced it was developing the series,[10] but it never made it to air. The Lifetime version was also to have starred Aytes, alongside Milano's Charmed co-star Holly Marie Combs.[11]

On September 25, 2013, ABC renewed Mistresses for a second season,[12] which aired from June 2 to September 1, 2014.[13] On September 30, 2014, ABC renewed the series for a third season with as production of the program being moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver. The season premiered on June 18, 2015, with a special two-hour premiere in a new Thursday timeslot.[14][15] On September 25, 2015, ABC renewed Mistresses for a fourth season of 14 episodes.[16]


Casting announcements began in early March, with Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan being the first actors cast.[11] Aytes portrays April, a widow and mother of one, while Macallan plays Josslyn, a real estate broker and the youngest of the women. Yunjin Kim came on board the project in mid-March in the role of Karen, a psychiatrist who is upset over the death of a patient with whom she was involved.[17] Alyssa Milano completed the lead cast when she signed on to portray Savannah, a married lawyer and older sister to Josslyn.[18]

On September 30, 2014, Milano announced that she would not be returning for the third season of the series.[19] On February 10, 2015, it was confirmed that actress Jennifer Esposito would join the cast as the new co-lead Calista Raines, described as the creative director of a luxury fashion brand.[3][20]


Critical reception[edit]

Mistresses holds a score of 42 out of 100, based on 16 negative reviews by critics from early in the first season.[21] Brian Lowry of Variety was quite optimistic about the series, stating: "A frothy prime time soap with a definite naughty streak, the program looks well suited to scratch an itch for daytime serial fans ABC abandoned." He went on to state: "Although the characters and situations largely mirror its inspiration, this U.S. version wisely seeks a somewhat cheekier and less somber tone."[22] Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Rabinowitz likened the show to Sex and the City, stating: "Mistresses carries very little hint of any complex lineage, give or take a few scenes that could, with ferocious effort, evoke memories of Carrie Bradshaw and company." Rabinowitz also stated that "the really delectable fun, the best of the sparkle, is to be found in the darkest plots, the looming catastrophes, which promise to come in an endless flow."[23]

In less positive reviews, New York Daily News' David Hinckley gave the premiere two out of five stars, stating that "ABC loves racy romantic dramas, but Mistresses is not its best work in the genre." He continued by saying that "the problem with Mistresses may lie with the expectations it has set."[24] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times stated that executive producer K.J. Steinberg is "grasping the letter yet not the spirit of the thing, appears more interested in replicating plot from the British version rather than character or anything like nuance." However, she did praise Jes Macallan, who "infuses her free-spirited (i.e., promiscuous) character with humor and a disarming lack of guile."[25]


The premiere episode scored a 1.2 in the 18–49 age demographic and 4.40 million viewers.[26] The first season ranked as the No. 2 scripted summer drama among adults 18-49, behind Under the Dome,[27] and averaged around 5 million viewers and a 2.0 18-49 rating, with DVR ratings factored in.[28]


In 2013, Mistresses won the Seoul International Drama Award for Most Popular Foreign Drama. The award was accepted by series star Yunjin Kim.[29]


Mistresses premiered on CTV in Canada on June 3, 2013, the same day it premiered in the US.[30] The series premiered in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2013, on TLC[31] In Australia, Mistresses premiered on September 30, 2013, on the Seven Network.[32]


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  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 21, 2013). "ABC Announces Its 2013 Summer Schedule: 'Mistresses', 'Rookie Blue', 'The Bachelorette', 'Motive' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
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  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 23, 2012). "Delta Burke To Star In 'Counter Culture', 'How To Live' & 'Mistresses' Add To Casts". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
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  16. ^ All citations concerning the fourth season renewal of Mistresses:
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  24. ^ Hinckley, David (June 3, 2013). "‘Mistresses,’ TV review". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  25. ^ McNamara, Mary (June 3, 2013). "Review: Little charm in these 'Mistresses'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  26. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 4, 2013). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'The Goodwin Games' Adjusted Up + No Adjustment for 'Revolution' Finale". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
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  28. ^ Hibberd, James (September 25, 2013). "'Mistresses' renewed by ABC". EW.com. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
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