*ABC is bringing Rochelle Aytes and Jason George to living rooms this summer via “Mistresses,” a drama based on the British series about four girlfriends caught up in webs of secrecy and betrayal – just as the title would suggest…right?
“It’s not a bunch of ladies whoring around,” declares executive producer Rina Mimoun. “It’s not the way the show is, sort of, set up. It really is all of these women have especially just in the course of the one season, it’s one mistake almost for each of them that has, sort of, snowballed into a bigger a bigger mess, but it’s the way that it’s treated.”
Aytes plays April, a recent widow and mother of two who is rebuilding her life after tragedy and learning to move forward. She’s BFFs with both Savi (Alyssa Milano), a successful career woman working toward the next phase in her life; and Savi’s little sister Josselyn (Jes Macallan), a single real estate broker who is off the hook with her partying and serial dating.
Aytes, 36, from New York, says of her character April, “I’ve known Savi and Joss since I was about 10, so we’ve all been friends for a long time.”
The fourth friend is Karen (Yunjin Kim), a therapist who reconnects with the girls after her involvement in a relationship with a patient goes far too deep.
“I think the core and the foundation of the show is that friendship between the women,” says Milano. “No matter what situation that we get ourselves into, by maybe some poor choices that we make, not only do we have the support of our friends, but if they can’t be the most honest with you, then who can?”
One of Savi’s “poor choices” is cheating on her husband with Dominic Taylor, a co-worker at her law firm played by Jason George.
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ABC will air 13 episodes of “Mistresses” beginning June 3. Watch the trailer below.