Good news, Mistresses fans. The ABC show, which also airs on CTV in Canada, was renewed for a third season and will return for another 13-episode run next summer. Yay! The bad news? Series star Alyssa Milano will not be returning. Boooooooo!
Was there fighting on the set with one of her co-stars, Jes Macallan, Yunjin Kim or Rochelle Aytes? Nope, not even a little. In this case, it was all about Canada. Milano’s character, Savi, was all about her friends, but with news that the summer soap is moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver, the actress’ priority is her family.
“After two wonderful seasons in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to shoot season three of Mistresses in Vancouver, Canada, for financial reasons,” she wrote on her website. “It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided that I can’t relocate.”
Milano, who recently gave birth to her second child, Elizabella, and also has a three-year-old son, Milo, with husband David Bugliari, explained, “I have two babies under 4. Being a mother and wife comes first and I just cannot uproot my children and separate the family by moving away.”
She added: “I will miss this job desperately and wish everyone the absolute best.”
Mistresses isn’t the first series to switch locations during its run. Witches of East End shot its pilot in Wilmington, N.C., but moved to Vancouver, also for financial reasons. Fringe filmed its pilot in Toronto but moved the series to Vancouver as well. The X-Files went in the other direction, shooting its first five seasons in Vancouver before star David Duchovny‘s complaints about being separated from then-wife Téa Leoni and their kids were finally heard and production was moved to L.A.
But back to Mistresses; what’s going to happen now? The finale left fans with — spoiler alert! — Savannah wanting to reunite with ex-husband Harry (Brett Tucker). Too bad he and Savi’s younger sister, Joss (Macallan), realized their love for one another and were in the midst of getting it on. (On the beach no less.)
Of course fans can’t fault Milano for her reasons; cheers to her for making the best choice for her. But it needs to be said: she — and Savi — sure will be missed.