*ABC’s summer drama “Mistresses” begins its second season tonight with some new faces set to shake things up.
The show follows four girlfriends and their messy love lives steeped in all kinds of secrecy and betrayal.
Executive producer Rina Mimoun told TVLine.com: “This season is all about our ladies pushing the limits, testing their boundaries and discovering just how far they are willing to go for love. For some of them, the answer is pretty f***ing far. And we’re introducing a bunch of new characters to help us explore these issues.”
Below, star Alyssa Milano says the show has plenty of scandalous behavior, but the drama is ultimately driven by the close relationship between the four women.
Mimoun says April (Rochelle Aytes) will have her world rocked by newcomer Daniel (Ricky Whittle), described by the EP as a “sexy, smoldering artist” who will get the home-furnishings store owner to “open up…in more ways than one.” However, she’ll have to make some hard decisions when this Daniel dude “turns out to be not who she thought,” leading to the realization that “she may be more sinner than saint, after all.”
Mimoun tells TV Guide, “We felt that poor April was put through the wringer last year between her husband showing up from the dead and the ex-mistress. She was placed in the worst circumstances. Our first order of business with April this year was to let the poor girl have a little fun, finally see that smile and see her fall in love. We watch her turn into the woman that we’ve never actually met up until now. We’ve said that this was a woman who married her high school sweetheart, who then lost him and immediately went into this business trying to be a single mother. This year, it’s getting back in touch with who is April? We find out that she used to be an artist. This man [Daniel] that she meets is also an artist, so he inspires her and brings out this side of her that makes her all beautiful and glowing until we start to see that there may be something not so perfect about him and he might break her heart worse than Paul (Dondre T. Whitfield), if that’s possible. Poor April! But she gets a few episodes of real happiness.
Watch a clip from tonight’s season 2 premiere below:
Below, ABC offers 13 Things to Know for Season 2:
#1 An Affair Begins: Savi Davis got the news that hubby Harry’s low sperm count is the cause of their inability to have a baby. Work colleague Dominic noticed her hot little undergarment as her dress rode up. He asked for another sneak peek. Savi obliged. After a blowout with Harry, Savi gave Dom an extended look under her dress.
# 2 Who’s Your Daddy?: Savi discovered that she was pregnant. This would’ve been good news if only she could’ve been sure of the father. Savi had no choice but to come clean to hubby Harry, who eventually had confrontation with his competition.
#3 Believe in Ghosts: April Malloy believed that all the prank phone calls she’d been getting were from her long-dead hubby, Paul. They were actually traced back to a woman named Miranda. Her young son is her late husband’s love child.
#4 Keeping it All in the Family: Karen Kim fell in love with a dying married man named Thomas Grey. After he passed away, she was sucked into the world of the family he left behind. Thomas’s wife, Elizabeth, is a client at the law firm of her BFF, Savi. Complications ensued primarily with Thomas’s son, Sam.
#5 Clean Start: Joss Carver is a real estate agent who was once sleeping with her married boss. When Alex, one half of a lesbian couple looking for a new house, broke up with her girlfriend, she needed Joss’s help moving. That’s what friends are for, right? Apparently, they are also for saving water. Take a look as Joss heads down an unexpected avenue for the first time.
#6 Going Wild: While trying to figure out how to pay off Miranda, April hopped into one of her store’s display beds with cute single dad Richard. How impulsive! Things were going great with Richard until her dead husband, Paul, showed up at her front door. The guy faked his own death.
#7 Dom vs. Harry: Savi gave the unopened paternity test results to her sister for safe keeping. Joss knew Harry swiped the envelope. As for Savi, she was feeling like saving her marriage was becoming more and more hopeless. She started to wonder if a new life with Dominic may be in the cards.
#8 Like Father, Like Son: Elizabeth Grey was savvy to her husband’s affair when she asked Karen provide fake journals to the life insurance company. Karen was sued for Thomas’s wrongful death. Sam Grey tried to help by providing an attorney. Karen could no longer resist her attraction to her dead lover’s son and they shared a night of passion.
#9 Old Habits: April’s daughter, Lucy, just wasn’t ready for a new family because she still missed her old one. April felt the same way. Paul asked for a second chance. He claimed to be willing to go to jail to make things right. April pulled away when Paul tried to kiss her before finally giving in to her desire.
#10 The Hickey, Hickey Shakeup: Joss did her best to fight an undeniable attraction to her new boss, Olivier. Alex sensed her girlfriend’s desire to still be with men. After a night of passion with Olivier, Joss sported a brand new bite mark on the side of her body. Alex noticed the incriminating hickey. This led to their eventual breakup.
#11 Crashed: Savi received a birthday gift from her girls. It was a trip to a Palm Springs resort. Savi was on the road when… CRASH! A speeding SUV slammed into her. Savi awakened in the hospital. The baby was okay. So was Savi, though not for long.
#12 Shots Fired: Karen’s lawsuit was dismissed though she will have her license is being suspended for six months after her partner, Jacob, reported her. An unstable Elizabeth Grey held Karen at gunpoint. Sam lunged for the weapon. There was a mighty struggle. BANG! Who got shot?!
#13 Choices: Harry doesn’t care who the baby’s father is. He wants to be with Savi no matter what. He chooses her. He’ll always choose her. Dominic also chooses Savi, as he’s in love with her. He’s also the baby’s father. Savi’s health takes a turn in the final moments of Season 1. Doctors try to revive her as her friends and lovers helplessly look on.