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Mistresses

Mistresses is an ABC network mystery drama\soap opera based on the 2008-2010 U.K. series of the same name. The U.S. version was developed by K.J. Steinberg.

It premiered on June 3, 2013 and ended on September 6, 2016 after 4 seasons & 52 episodes.

Plot

The show focused on the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit & complex relationships

Cast

  • Alyssa Milano as Savannah "Savi" Davis (seasons 1-2)
  • Yunjin Kim as Dr. Karen Kim
  • Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy
  • Jes Macallan as Josslyn "Joss" Carver
  • Brett Tucker as Harry Davis
  • Rob Mayes as Marc Nickleby (seasons 3-4)
  • Tabrett Bethell as Kate Davis (season 4 Episode 2-13; recurring Season 2, episode 6),
  • Erik Stocklin as Sam Grey (season 1)
  • Jason George as Dominic Taylor (seasons 1-2; guest, seasons 3-4)
  • Jennifer Esposito as Calista Raines (season 3)

Ratings

The premiere episode of "Mistresses" scored a 1.2 in the 18–49 age demographic and 4.40 million viewers.

The first season ranked as the No. 2 scripted summer drama among adults 18-49, behind CBS's "Under the Dome" and averaged around 5 million viewers and a 2.0 18-49 rating, with DVR ratings factored in.

Reception

The series holds a score of 42 out of 100 on Metacritic (based on 16 negative reviews by critics) from early in the first season.

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."

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."

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."

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."

Accolades

In June 2013, "Mistresses" won the Korean Seoul International Drama Award for "Most Popular Foreign Drama", an award which was received by series star Yunjin Kim.

In 2015, Alyssa Milano was nominated for a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Dramatic TV Actress."

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