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Mistresses gets season 4, but without Jennifer Esposito

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UPDATE: Jennifer Esposito will not be returning to Mistresses when its fourth season debuts next summer, sources tell EW. Esposito, who portrayed fashion designer Calista Raines, was only contracted for one year when she joined the show following Alyssa Milano’s exit. While the show is not yet actively looking to replace her (the season pickup only came through Friday), that could change as the writers’ room figures out what the new season will look like. It is likely her absence will be discussed in the season 4 premiere.

EARLIER: The ladies on Mistresses may no longer be mistresses, but they’ll be back for more steamy, emotional rollercoasters: the series has been renewed for a fourth season, ABC announced Friday.

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The soapy drama, based on the U.K. series of the same name, saw Jennifer Esposito join the four girlfriends at the center of the show this season, after Alyssa Milano departed at the end of season 2 when production moved to Canada. Esposito is not expected to return as a series regular given her character’s actions in the finale, but the original stars — including Lost alum Yunjin Kim, Jes Macallan, and Rochelle Aytes — will be on hand for season 4.

The series will return in summer 2016.

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