ABC has renewed it’s summer prime time soap opera Mistresses for a fourth season of 14 episodes. The soap opera aired it’s season three finale earlier this month and by the sounds of things it’s a good thing the show landed a renewal. Apparently the third season ended with one character dying, another preparing to commit suicide and a third being held at gunpoint by a murderer in drag. To be perfectly honest, that was not what I would have expected from a show called Mistresses, but hey, what is life but a lengthy parade of surprises?
The show will return next year but it’ll do so without a member of it’s main cast. Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer), who plays fashion tycoon Calista Raines, will be exiting the series after only a single season. According to showrunner Rina Mimoun, this was always part of the plan though. Talking to TVline.com before the renewal Mimoun clarified “We would love to invite Jennifer back for as many episodes as she’s willing or able to do, but this was a one-year character for us — at the level she’s playing this year. We were blown away by her performance, and she brings a certain sparkle, but if we’re lucky enough to get a fourth season, we might just want to find a whole different woman to inject into our foursome. We don’t want to start with so much baggage for all the other women to get through.”
This isn’t the first time the show has lost a lead. The show managed an eleventh hour season three renewal last year but only after the creators agreed to move the production from Los Angeles to Vancouver to save money. Original star Alyssa Milano (Charmed, Melrose Place) elected to exit the series rather than make the move.
The show will return in summer 2016 and also stars Yunjin Kim (Lost, Ode to My Father), Rochelle Aytes (Trick ‘r Treat, Work It), Jes Macallan (Red Band Society, NCIS: Los Angeles), Brett Tucker (Neighbours, McLeod’s Daughters) and Rob Mayes (John Dies at the End, The Client List).