Fans of Revenge, Gossip Girl, and Gilmore Girls, meet your summer fling: Mistresses, the new drama on ABC that's produced by the folks behind those hit shows. Based on the UK TV series of the same name (because a truly original concept would be asking for too much), the show, which follows the "scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends," is obviously trying to fill some very high stilettos the cast of Sex & the City left behind. But that's okay, because that's a void prime time has been struggling to fill, and if the pilot's any indication of what's to come, we're definitely going to get what we've been missing!
First things first: It's not going to be Sex & the City/Californication/True Blood-level sexy, because it's still on network TV. So that's a bummer. But for what they could obviously do, it was pretty steamy -- and right off the bat. Necessary, given that the central theme of the show is infidelity!
But not every one of the main characters is a "mistress" herself ... Consider April, a widow with a 10-year-old, who is struggling to move on from her husband's death. And just when she's about to go out on her first date, a woman shows up at her door with a little boy -- who she says is the son of April's late husband. Whoa.
But then there's Josslyn, a free spirit realtor who's sleeping with her landlord and whoever else she pleases and seems like she's going to be the prime candidate to be "the other woman." But it looks like the way that's going to play out is with one of her clients, who IS a woman.
Meanwhile, her older sis, Savannah -- aka Savi -- played by Alyssa Milano, is a lawyer doggedly pursuing not only the partner spot at her firm, but those two lines on a pregnancy test that'll say a baby is on the way. Unfortch, they find out her chef/restaurant owner husband (think McSteamy with an Australian accent -- yum) Harry may have some challenges in the fertility department. As a result, it's throwing a real wrench in their marriage and sex life -- and turning Savi's attention to her flirtatious co-worker, Dominic. And OMG, it's not just a harmless flirtation by the end of the episode. But we totally saw that coming, too.
What I didn't necessarily see coming was Savi's BFF since undergrad, respected psychiatrist Karen, getting embroiled in a possible criminal case stemming from her former (and, yes, married) patient whom she had an affair with and to whom she was prescribing illegal doses of morphine! For a split second, I suspected his troubled son, who initially seemed like he was aware of the affair and out for revenge, was going to hit on her. And he totally is, and judging from previews, that could actually go somewhere?!
Clearly, some of these story lines could end up being overkill. And there are bits that are totally predictable. But still! So far, even the predictable plots are pretty entertaining. And it looks like there are also bound to be some steamy twists and turns along the way, as well. My DVR and I are hooked for the time being.
How 'bout you? Did you watch Mistresses or do you plan to check it out?
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