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Lifetime never got its remake of the Brit TV hit Mistresses off the ground, but ABC has, and the broadcast network is premiering it as part of its 2013 Summer schedule in a few weeks.

ABC’s remake of the BBC drama Mistresses will debut on Monday, 3 June at 10PM Eastern. Playing the four BFFs are: Alyssa Milano (Charmed) as attorney and wife Savannah “Savi” Davis; Jes Macallan (Grey’s Anatomy) as Savi’s single and free-spirited younger sister Josselyn Carver; Rochelle Aytes (The Forgotten) as their mutual best friend, the widowed mum-of-two April Malloy; and Yunjin Kim (Lost) as (physician, heal thyself) therapist Karen Kim.

Mistresses UKFans of the BBC program will recognize the original characters of attorney Siobhan Dhillon (Orla Brady), footloose-and-fancy-free event planner Jessica Fraser (Shelley Conn), widowed mum-of-two Trudi Malloy (Sharon Small), and general practitioner Katie Roden (Sarah Parish) from the off.

While the characters and some of the storylines are nearly identical (e.g. married couple try to conceive, doc has an affair with a patient), little else about the U.S. version of Mistresses is remotely reminiscent of the UK original, if the trailer is anything to go by.

It appears that ABC has taken the fine, intricate, well-woven drama from the BBC and reduced it to a superficialized, over-sexified, and trashified version of its former British self.

 
Based on the trailer, we can expect the remake to include lots of (pseudo) sex, dialogue related to sex, scenes leading up to and following sex, and not much more beyond that. This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if it weren’t for the fact that the show is a remake of a hit, and as such would have done well to keep more than the characters’ general occupations and personal stories intact.

Not that the BBC’s version didn’t have its fair share of snogs, shags, and trashy bits. It did. However, what seems to have gotten lost in the British-to-American translation is the substantive essence of the original.

 
If ABC’s Mistresses has more depth than what the trailer indicates, then they did a poor job of conveying it. All I’m left with is that the remake is of the one-night-stand variety, whereas BBC’s Mistresses had more than just sex in common with viewers and thus gave fans a three-series relationship.

Whether you have or haven’t seen the original Mistresses, you can watch or re-watch all sixteen episodes via streaming at Amazon Instant Video and vudu.

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U.S. Remake of UK Hit “Mistresses” Coming to ABC
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2 thoughts on “U.S. Remake of UK Hit “Mistresses” Coming to ABC

  • July 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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    Your review is a little ridiculous – considering the british version included terrible acting and was completely predictable. I happen to prefer the ABC adaptation and I hope they change around the plot twists…

  • July 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM
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    I’m glad you like the ABC version. Many of my friends considered it their “guilty summer pleasure,” which I think is fab. However, to say that my point of view is “a little ridiculous” because it differs from yours could also be construed as “a little ridiculous,” especially when my piece wasn’t a review of any particular episode but a commentary on what we could, not would, expect from the series based the content of ABC’s trailer. As noted in the piece, if the show were better than the trailer conveyed, then ABC did a poor job w/ the trailer.

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