ABC’s “Mistresses” returns for a second season Monday, June 2, and it takes but a few moments to get sucked back into the addictive summer drama.
The cliffhanger had Savi (Alyssa Milano) in a near-fatal car crash. She was on her way to read the results that would tell her if her husband, Harry (Brett Tucker), or her one-time lover Dominic (Jason George) impregnated her.
It’s eight months later in the season opener. Savi miscarried but recovered. The three women closest to her — sister Joss (Jes Macallan) and friends Karen and April (Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes) — celebrate Savi’s recuperation. The women deal with their usual dramas over careers and men.
Those men, specifically the two in Savi’s life, reveal to Zap2it what it’s like to be a male on this female-centric show.
“I am a man who was raised by a single woman who had three sons,” George says. “A whole posse of women raised these three boys. I am really comfortable around women.
“I love women,” George continues. “That said, you need a testosterone injection every once in a while. When Brett and I see each other every once in a while, it’s like, ‘There you are — thank God!’ I am in the Alyssa Milano silo. This season we don’t see each other as much. This season [Harry] shifts over to the Joss silo.”
And Harry is happy to be there, Tucker says. Though Harry and Joss had historically sniped at each other as brother-in-law and sister-in-law, they’re entering into a business partnership. Joss is becoming an event planner, and she needs a chef. Conveniently, her soon-to-be ex-brother-in-law is one.
“It is a real transitional period for Harry, for sure,” Tucker says. “I think that he is having to re-evaluate himself and his life and what he wants to do. And there’s been a shift in Harry.”
As for working on this mostly female set, Tucker says he, too, is having fun.
“There are a lot of men on the crew, which you don’t see, and it evens out in that way,” Tucker says. “And the girls are so great, [though] it can be a little daunting at times as well. I have managed to keep my clothes on — until now. I was sitting at my mate’s party the other night eating apple pie and coconut ice cream, and I get to work the next day, and I have a towel on and that’s it. It is great.”
“Mistresses” caught on last summer, and Tucker’s theory is that’s because it’s a more real representation of life than a lot of dramas.
“The people make mistakes and are not supposed to be perfect,” he says. “There’s a little riskiness to it, different characters and girls’ and guys’ different points of view. Everyone has their favorite characters for different reasons. … It has a bit of the scurrilous gossip about it, which is addictive.”
Though the show’s title turned off some, George notes that none of the women is actually a mistress. Karen (Kim) was, but her lover died. And Savi and Dom weren’t carrying on an affair.
“That was the only time they have been intimate, and it stuck so hard in everybody’s memory, especially Dom’s,” George says. “He did not knowingly break up this marriage. Savi is the greatest accident that ever happened to Dom, and he is trying to figure out how to make her feel good about it.
“This show is all about hitting you with big moments and the fallout and ramifications,” George says, “And that is life.”