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10 shows that have imitated already successful seriesBy Kenny HerzogSpecial to MSN TVThere are few better mediums than television for gauging whether imitation indeed amounts to flattery. Thousands of networks have broadcast exponentially more series, and nearly all owe a debt of gratitude to some influential forbearer. After all, as with music, film or any other art, there are only so many variations on established themes and formulas. The unknown variable is whether a new offering improves on, or at least differentiates from, its predecessors. Take "Mistresses" (premiering June 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC), for example. Will the Alyssa Milano-starring drama about a quartet of scandal-prone lady friends set itself apart from recently departed "Desperate Housewives," or fail to transcend superficial comparisons?To help determine the odds, here's a closer look at ABC's latest soapy hopeful, in addition to nine other shows since the 2000s that have skewed awfully close in concept and/or execution to audience favorites that paved the way. Bing: 'Mistresses' | Watch clips and moreAre you going to watch "Mistresses"? Tell us at MSN TV on Facebook and Twitter."Mistresses" premieres Monday, June 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.(ABC)
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