Savi Davis has it all. And unlike her sister Joss, she's followed all the rules to get it. The Australian chef-hunk husband, Harry. The partner track position at a downtown LA law firm. The sexy coworker, Dominic, with whom she has a harmless flirtation. But when Savi deviates from the strict moral code she’s set for herself – will she lose everything?
If you didn't already know Alyssa
Milano was all grown up, you will after Mistresses.
The former Who's the Boss star returns to ABC sometime this spring as Savannah Davis, a frustrated wife who begins an affair with a co-worker, played by Grey's Anatomy's Jason George. This being a soap, she becomes pregnant -- without knowing whether the father is her husband or her lover.
"I love playing women who are flawed, and right from the pilot she makes a decision that has serious consequences," she says.
If that set-up sounds familiar, there's a reason: The as-yet-unscheduled, 13-episode American series is a remake of a six-episode British series that ran here on BBC America. While the plots begin in the same place, producer Rina Mimoun says the American show soon shifts off in its own direction, in terms of plot and approach.
"Tonally, the show is different," says Milano. "There's a lightness and a fun to what we set out to do that is different." Or so she thinks; she was told by her producers not to watch the original.
One thing she does know for sure: The show required a lot of sex scenes. Those scenes caused some initial problems for Milano, who shot the pilot right after she had her baby, and was still breast-feeding. "Every two hours, I had to go into my trailer and pump … I wasn't feeling so sexy, let me tell you."
According to Mimoun, their show
really picks up the pace. "We took a lot of what they had and front-loaded our
show with that," she said. "We had to run in a whole other direction because we
had to make a lot more episodes."
Like most shows that are adapted from overseas, they have to switch it up. If they don't change the format or storyline, it can ruin the experience for viewers. Sertner explained, "We always said from the very beginning a show like this wouldn't be very fun to watch if you could go online and find out where it was heading."