‘Mistresses’ quite good at being quite bad

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Mistresses” is the kind of heated-up summertime soap opera that could become a popular guilty pleasure. But you probably already guessed that from the title.

The new ABC series isn’t good in any way, except in its ability to suck you in with pretty actors and titillating themes. The writing is stock, the acting is hollow, and the direction is perky and workmanlike. It lacks any of the clever stylistic accents and camp humor of the somewhat similar “Desperate Housewives,” and pity the poor viewer who tries to apply logic to some of the plot twists.

But there is very little new on network TV right now, except for the endless march of reality clones.

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