ABC will bring back a prime-time drama series, but one of the show’s top stars won’t be a part of the fourth season. The show is “Mistresses,” and Deadline.com reports that Jennifer Esposito is out of the lineup after being a big part of season three.
The soapy mystery has become a staple of the network’s summer lineup, with season three’s 13-episode run wrapping up earlier this month. The cast for all three seasons has included Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes, Jes Macallan and Brett Tucker, with Alyssa Milano holding down a key role through seasons one and two.
Esposito, who essentially stepped into the spot vacated by Milano, reportedly signed a one-year deal to appear on the series and will move on.
“‘Mistresses’ has been a modest performer in Live+Same day ratings (average of 0.8 in 18-49 for Season 3) but has been a solid DVR gainer,” Deadline notes. “Its Season 3 finale, which ended on a cliffhanger, adults 18-49 rating went up +57% in Live+3. Additionally, ‘Mistresses’ is owned by ABC, and the drama was able to reduce costs heading into Season 3 by moving production to Canada.”