HomeTVABCDead Soap Walking: Mistresses Flops on ABC Jamey Giddens June 4, 2013 24 Comments It's one thing to adore a principled, do-gooder, "Gladiator" in love with a married president (Hi, Scandal's Olivia Pope!), but is America actually ready to embrace a soap opera where several female protagonists are homewreckers? Apparently not, judging from the ratings for ABC's Mistresses. Under 4.5 million people tuned in for the premiere of the Mouse House's summer sudser, starring an all-grown-up Alyssa Milano. The American version of the U.K. hit only netted a 1.2 among adults 18-49. What did you think of the premiere of Mistresses? Sound off in the comments! Photo credit: ABC 24 Responses LauraWrightCrazy June 4, 2013 That’s a shame. I loved it. The stories are juicy. The acting was great. I read its a mini series though so I don’t expect a long life for it anyway. I’ll tune in while I can. Log in to Reply LauraWrightCrazy June 4, 2013 & before you hate it.. WATCH it. Log in to Reply LaDivaYR June 4, 2013 I watched it and hated it. Silly storylines, cliche-ridden dialogue, half the cast can’t act (hair models everywhere, reminds me of Y&R), etc. If I wanted to watch of bunch of amoral skanks thristy for married/taken men I would watch the Maury Show instead. At least those heiffas are funny, lol. What was Alyssa Milano thinking??? A check is a check but girl, pull yourself together and have some dignity!!! Log in to Reply keanna June 4, 2013 I thought it was good, too. As a person who watched the British version, that version was very sexy & scandalous. This version they took some of the same plots, but I think some of the subplots will change. I think ABC wasn’t expecting too much, I think all 13 episodes will air, beyond is anyone’s guess. Log in to Reply logan_echolls June 4, 2013 I kept saying that on twitter. Too many ppl hating on the show and they never watched it. I blame ABC promo dept. They are promoting it like it’s Sex and the City and all the girls are Samantha. Instead this show was like a PSA against cheating. They completely changed Karen’s storyline from the BBC version. Karen was with the husband and helped him die and the wife knew. I don’t like that they changed that storyline because the fallout was great. Savi’s storyline was the only one kind of the same except thank gawd the husband in the US version is not ugly or annoying. I just hope they keep the storyline and don’t change it now that the guy she slept with was Black. Joss is the same. Actually she’s a lot tamer than the BBC version. I don’t like that she’s Savi’s sister but US shows does that. The April storyline is moving way too fast. They did too much in just the pilot. We are suppose to watch her gradually meet and date the single father then she finds out about the woman. This show is airing for 13 weeks, they have time. BBC shows don’t even air that long yet they were able to tell the stories much slower. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon June 4, 2013 Except for The Office and Shameless, which I don’t watch, I can’t think of any other U.S. copy of a British show that’s really succeeded. Log in to Reply TV Gord June 4, 2013 I tried to watch it, but it didn’t hold my interest. Like millions of mistresses before them, these four will be kicked to the curb soon enough. Log in to Reply Katiebug9624 June 4, 2013 I enjoyed the show for what it is…Summer trash television that is just fun to watch. I’m sure ABC will show the entire season since its a summer show they don’t ask for much. Log in to Reply nellie-claire June 4, 2013 [quote=SoapArmageddon]Except for The Office and Shameless, which I don’t watch, I can’t think of any other U.S. copy of a British show that’s really succeeded.[/quote] I will give you a few other shows that were copied from British comedies and were huge successes: All in the Family Sanford and Son Three’s Company Not only were they copies but some of the plots and scripts were nearly identical. Interestingly, only one U.S. to British conversion comes to mind and that was of Who’s the Boss? which became The Upper Hand in the UK. By the way, there are worldwide versions of The Nanny, some of which have clips online. These are fascinating. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon June 4, 2013 Thanks nellie-claire. You learn something new every day. Log in to Reply thecourt99 June 4, 2013 I want to watch the BBC version myself. The stories were okay…but I wish they would have developed the issues more before Savi had the affair. I also wish the April story would play out slower. I agree…this seems to be a moral story about the consequences, versus guilt free fun. Log in to Reply MsAgentProvocateur1 June 4, 2013 I’ll have to watch online because I completely missed the premiere episode, it totally slipped my mind! Speaking of getting lost in translation: While on You Tube, I recently saw a few episodes of the British version of Good Times (can’t remember the name) and I wanted to like it because it had a few Black British actors whom I really like (Carmen Munroe and Lenny Henry) but it just wasn’t all that good, imo. I will try to catch Mistresses online and see what my perceptions are then. I agree, the promotion for this show was not good. I even saw a clip with Alyssa Milano citing her ambivalence about the show’s title. She knows that the title carries a certain brand recognition but felt that it might not translate in the U.S. and may carry the side effect to being an off putting element to potential viewers. This sort of reminds me of the British series Prime Suspect, did incredibly well in its original run but the American version flopped badly and was promptly cancelled. I think Helen Mirren was as much a key element in making that character work as the great writing of the British original. Sometimes you just can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice. Log in to Reply TV Gord June 4, 2013 [quote=nellie-claire]Interestingly, only one U.S. to British conversion comes to mind and that was of Who’s the Boss? which became The Upper Hand in the UK. By the way, there are worldwide versions of The Nanny, some of which have clips online. These are fascinating.[/quote] Fun Fact: A U.K. version of Good Times was tried but failed (after two seasons). That’s the only time I know of where the spinoff/adaptation came full-circle, though (Till Death Do Us Part begat All In The Family which begat Maude which begat Good Times which begat The Fosters). Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon June 4, 2013 TV Gord, I think The Jeffersons was part of that circle too. Log in to Reply TV Gord June 4, 2013 The Jeffersons was a spinoff of All In The Family, but it’s not included in that particular chain I mentioned above. (Incidentally, The Jeffersons also had a short-lived spinoff (Checking In), where Florence left her job as the maid to work at a hotel (her boss was Larry Linville/M*A*S*H’s Frank Burns). It died after four episodes. Other spinoffs: Gloria was spun off Archie Bunker’s Place, where Gloria worked for a veteranarian in upstate New York, and 704 Hauser Street was a show that was attempted years after the Bunkers were gone, with a black family moving into the house. In a twist/reversal on All In The Family, the dad (John Amos) was the liberal, and his son was a neo-conservative. The son’s fiance was played by Maura Tierney (News Radio, e.r., Rescue Me). They even tried to continue Maude beyond it’s years. In the final episodes of Maude, she became a New York State Congresswoman, and the following season was supposed to follow her life as a politician. Bea Arthur decided to quit, though, so they tried the same format with the same supporting cast, but the first pilot had John Amos (again) as the Congressman. It didn’t go. Then, they tried it with Cleavon Little. No go. Finally, the series that made it to air was called Hanging In, and it starred Bill Macy…(but NOT playing Maude’s husband, Walter). Instead of being a Congressman, they made him a college dean. It lasted four episodes, but it had the same tired supporting cast (and same characters) from the Maude attempt (Dennis Burkley, Nedra Volz and Barbara Rhoades). Barbara Rhoades, by the way, played Todd and Victor’s mother on OLTL (bringing things back to soaps). I love this stuff!!! Log in to Reply LaDivaYR June 4, 2013 SoapArmageddon, you are the *bomb* with that fabulous avatar of Mexico’s GLORIOUS DIVA QUEEN, “La Divina del Cine”, Dolores Del Rio!!! Oh how I love my diva queens of yesteryear! Those bitches put the D in DIVA, nothing like the trashy skanks and fame whores nowadays that think showing your tits is an accomplishment. Lol. Rest in peace, Dolores, your legacy will live on forever. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon June 4, 2013 TV Gord, you’re going to find this trivia question far too easy, but I’ll ask anyway. By the way, and I mean this sincerely, I love when you give the long version of your answers: What spin-off or spin-offs came from the ground-breaking comedy Soap? (I had no idea John Amos was getting that much TV work back then. I’ve only ever seen him in Good Times and Roots.) Log in to Reply TV Gord June 4, 2013 I LOVED SOAP! I wasn’t as fond of the spinoff, Benson, but I watched it, too, just because of the connection. Robert Guillaume can make even dull scripts into silk. Log in to Reply TV Gord June 4, 2013 Thanks for saying you like my long posts, too. And in that spirit, one thing trhat bugs me about the Soap releases on DVD is that they never included a 90-minute special that aired before season four, where Jessica (Katherine Helmond) seemed to be at death’s door, and she went to heaven, where she met an angel played by Bea Arthur. It was basically a clip show (called Jessica’s Wonderful Life), but the chemistry between Katherine and Bea was off the charts, as I recall. I’ve had the pleasure of being a “phone friend” with Norman Lear for a few years, and he is one of the kindest down-to-earth people I’ve ever phone-met. While he created all of the shows I mentioned higher above and he didn’t have anything to do with Soap, he did nurture Susan Harris’ career, and she went on to make Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Nurses, and more! What a dynasty! Log in to Reply LaDivaYR June 4, 2013 SoapArmageddon, what a fabulous idea! I just added an avatar of my darling, tragic Miroslava in one of her immortal roles, “Trotacalles” (Streetwalker). DIVAS UNITE! Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon June 4, 2013 LaDivaYR, last week I had one of Maria Felix. I change them every weekend. I love how they all seem to share Joan Crawford’s philosophy: “Always look like a star even if you’re just going outside to get the mail.” Log in to Reply Y2Jin99 June 5, 2013 [quote=nellie-claire][quote=SoapArmageddon]Except for The Office and Shameless, which I don’t watch, I can’t think of any other U.S. copy of a British show that’s really succeeded.[/quote] I will give you a few other shows that were copied from British comedies and were huge successes: All in the Family Sanford and Son Three’s Company Not only were they copies but some of the plots and scripts were nearly identical. Interestingly, only one U.S. to British conversion comes to mind and that was of Who’s the Boss? which became The Upper Hand in the UK. By the way, there are worldwide versions of The Nanny, some of which have clips online. These are fascinating.[/quote] Yeah well those shows were way back in the mid 70s I am sure she was talking about recent shows. Coupling was a tremendous show in the UK and totally bombed here. Skins bombed. What else? Hmmm Log in to Reply Y2Jin99 June 5, 2013 Oh Yeah Prime Suspect. I actually liked the remake. I like Maria Bello. Free Agents was another failure. One show I thought was great was Touching Evil but it only lasted 1 season here. That was with Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice and the awesome Vera Farmiga from Bates Motel and going way back when I first noticed her cuz of her eyes UC: Undercover Log in to Reply TV Gord June 5, 2013 [quote=Y2Jin99]Yeah well those shows were way back in the mid 70s I am sure she was talking about recent shows. Coupling was a tremendous show in the UK and totally bombed here. Skins bombed. What else? Hmmm[/quote] The Office? (I hated it, but I was in the minority on that.) Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.