Women of ABC’s “Mistresses” aren’t just another group of “Housewives”

By Jacqueline Cutler

When a show revolves around four women’s lives and loves, as does Mistresses, comparisons to Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives are inevitable.

But don’t look for a Carrie or a Lynette. Rather, the prime-time drama features two very different sisters, Savi (Alyssa Milano, Charmed) and Josslyn (newcomer Jes Macallan), and pals Karen (Yunjin Kim, Lost) and April (Rochelle Aytes, Madea’s Family Reunion).

At least in the first couple of episodes, no one is a mistress in an ongoing relationship.

Savi is an ambitious lawyer, married to a rather brittle chef, Harry, whose life is suddenly chaos. When Savi has what could be a one-night stand with colleague Dominic (Jason George, Grey’s Anatomy) it leaves her shaken.

“She is a good person that made a bad decision,” Milano says. “She is very strong and independent and successful and very almost Type A personality, where she seemingly has everything together. Because of this bad moment, where she makes this bad decision, she has never experienced such chaos in her life.”

Horrified by her infidelity, Savi shares it with her friends.

“The fun thing about Mistresses is it focuses on everyday people who make extreme choices,” George says. “They are there to support each other. Dominic is basically her work husband. He’s applying for the full-time position.”

Though Savi’s guilt-ridden, that’s a foreign emotion to her sister, Joss, the quartet’s wild one, who is determined to have few regrets, certainly none from abstaining.

The only mom among them is April, who is also a recent widow. April thinks her husband’s ghost is trying to contact her.

And the most complicated relationship so far, trumping a workplace romance, kinky casual sex and messages from beyond, is Karen’s. A successful psychiatrist, Karen breaks a cardinal rule by having an affair with a patient.

The patient was dying, and if Karen were not sufficiently plagued by crossing that barrier, it becomes far more complicated when the late patient’s son falls for her and starts stalking her.

Sound like a guilty pleasure yet?

“Something is wrong and juicy about her character as the series goes on,” Kim says. “Morally, is this right or wrong? But it is a question of the heart. What is a marriage? What is infidelity, and what is love?”

“Our focal point is the friendship of the four women, and we come together to hash it out and give advice,” Kim says. “I am always surrounded by amazing women. To do a show I relate to and care about is a blessing.”

Mistresses airs Mondays on ABC at 10pm ET/PT beginning June 3.

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The cast of Mistresses will be having a live Twitter chat during the East and West Coast broadcasts of the series premiere on June 3, from 10:01-11pm ET and PT. The cast will be on Twitter at the following times, using the hashtag #AskMistresses:

Monday, June 3, 10:01-11:00pm ET
Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano)
Jason George (@JasonWGeorge)
Erik Stocklin (@erikstocklin)
Jes Macallan (@JesMacallan)
Rochelle Aytes (@rochelleaytes)

Monday, June 3, 10:01-11:00pm PT
Jason George (@JasonWGeorge)
Erik Stocklin (@erikstocklin)
Jes Macallan (@JesMacallan)

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Mistresses cast — © 2013 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: Bob D’Amico

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4 Responses to Women of ABC’s “Mistresses” aren’t just another group of “Housewives”

  1. dkonner says:

    it says savi is strong and independant ,she is so strong decides to bang ugly dom.she is strong alright. does it mean harry is weak because he is faithful and love his wife.in real life she would have to hate harry to betray him like that.if your white would you want a baby from such ugliness.would savis black baby be as beautiful as her mom, no frikin way

  2. dkonner says:

    my wife did not work. 32 years ago we did not get along. ihad a business we had 2 kids.when i worked ,my mother in law watched the kids so she could go shopping , in 1990 i bought a big house brand new 700000 bucks.i started hearing from people she was seen with a man.we only had relations maybe once a month.i practiced contra ception and no pregnancy for 5 years.oneday she said take me to the hospital i said why ,no answer.we got to admitting and i heard her say she had a miscarriage.i was totaly schocked. i feel 99.99 percent i was not the daddy. i m divorced but seeing savi do this to hubby harry and having sex with an ugly african it brings back very painful memories.i hope for my sake harry completely moves on for faithful pastures even if the kid is his.he could be a daddy but harry cant get a sexual thrill with a cheating black c–k whore.dom could easily fit inside her for 1 year.

  3. dkonner says:

    hello d konner here again.i hope dom is poppa so harry can make a clean break.i hope harry finds a knockout female widow rich lawyer who has high morals and she and harry get married.i can see harry having his own food celebbrity show and he will be famous and when he takes new wife to dine at a famous diner he accidentily runs into dom and savi and harry wishes them well.im sorry but i have no attraction to african people.give me blonde, brunnette , redheads.if this was real dont tell me savis baby would ever be as georges as savi.maybe ablack person would.i like black people but not the ones that have sex with whites

  4. dkonner says:

    savi shows no concern about harry.the ladies are more concerned about each other and savis baby.why dont they mention that she may have a black chimp baby.i liked the show but episode 9 was crap.the way these women act,they should all move in together and just buy vibrators, and use them on each other. savi is the coldest one plus harry should find a decent girl.savi should just date black guys and have one night stands.in real life savi is just a black cock whore,and i am losing interest.i hope harry completely avoids his whore wife,he should do dom a favour and let him take her. i had asimilar thing happen to me and i never talk with my ex.never

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