Mistresses Season 3: Jennifer Esposito Lands Co-Lead Role

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Jennifer Esposito has joined ABC's summer sudser Mistresses in the role of Calista Raines, an uber-fabulous and larger-than-life Creative Director who will take Joss under her wing.

When Alyssa Milano decided to leave Mistresses as the production of the series moved to Canada, her character, Savi, either needed to be recast or leave, as well. The decision was made for Savi to move on with Milano leaving Joss (Jess Macallan) with a gaping hole in her life; one Calista will try to fill.

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Unfortunately for Joss, there is a lot more to Calista than meets the eye. Calista is a very lonely woman and her fun, flamboyant nature is cloaking a darker side, and it's a world of mysterious secrets and betrayal she's more than eager to draw Joss into as she mentors her and behaves as her surrogate sister.

Esposito will join Macallan, Rochelle Aytes (April) and Yunjin Kim (Karen) to round out the four lead roles on Mistresses. If you need a refresher, you can watch Mistresses online via TV Fanatic to get the job done!

Does this fabulous casting announcement temper the pain of Milano's loss? Hit the comments and chat about it!

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Mistresses Quotes

Customer: Is this the sexy sheet section?
April: This is the satin section. What's sexy to one person is a slippery elbow in the face to someone else.

Savi: Where's your wedding ring?
Harry: It's in my pocket.
Savi: Put it on.