ABC’s sudsy new series Mistresses is not Desperate Housewives — but it does have some things in common with the dearly departed soap.
Based on a British series of the same name, Mistresses – which debuts tonight at 10 p.m. — centers around four friends (including Charmed star Alyssa Milano and Lost’s Yunjin Kim) who find themselves entangled in not so wholesome — and, in some cases, even illicit — relationships. At the center of the series is Milano’s Savi, a (mostly) happily married lawyer who has an impulsive one-night stand with her long-time co-worker. “I look at Savi as being a really good person who makes a really bad decision and then sort of has to deal with the repercussions of that,” says Milano, who explains that Savi’s life will take a devastating turn as the series progresses. “It’s not only the potential end of her marriage, but also her friendships. She becomes very alone.”