'Mistresses' Canceled at ABC

There will be no fifth season for the summer soap.
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ABC is ending its relationship with Mistresses.

The Disney-owned network has canceled the summer soap after four seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Tuesday's season-four finale now has the dubious task of doubling as a series finale. The season ended with the apparent death of original series star Yunjin Kim's Karen.

The ABC Studios-produced drama was picked up straight to series as part of ABC's plan to produce higher-quality scripted fare in the typically lower-watched summer months. The drama, which has weathered multiple cast departures including original star Alyssa Milano, Jason George and Jennifer Esposito, was created by K.J. Steinberg.

While the show was once a sturdy performer, its Sept. 6 finale drew 2.5 million total viewers, about half of its series debut. This summer, rather than double down on scripted — ABC canceled Canadian import Rookie Blue last year — the network hit ratings gold with its retro game shows, all of which have been renewed for next summer.

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