ABC Cancels Summer Drama ‘Mistresses’

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Mistresses - S4Despite hopes it would go otherwise, ABC has cancelled their Summer drama Mistresses, based on the BBC One series of the same name, after four seasons.

Executive producer Rina Mimoun had been hopeful that, after a pitch meeting with executives, ABC would order a fifth run, which was being envisioned as a final season.” We really feel like there’s one more year of story to tell, but we’re also looking for a graceful way to wrap up the series”, she told TVLine.

Mistresses was one of the first scripted dramas to be picked up for the lower traffic Summer months several years ago, after the major networks had in years past merely aired re-runs, game shows and lower cost international imports such as Rookie Blue and Flashpoint. The move ultimately lead to a boom in the space, promting CBS to create a new business model and order such shows as Under The DomeExtantBrainDeadZoo and American Gothic.

Based on the British series of the same name and developed for US television by K.J. Steinberg, Mistresses follows the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery. The drama series is produced by ABC Studios and stars Rochelle Aytes, Yunjin Kim, Jes Macallan and Brett Tucker. Mistresses was not without its share of turmoil, having shifted shooting locations to cut costs, and lost a number of cast members along the way, including Alyssa Milano and Jennifer Esposito.