‘Army Wives’ Cancelled by Lifetime

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This announcement really shouldn’t come as any big surprise to viewers of Army Wives, the longest-running series on Lifetime, that actually aired what seemed like a fitting closing episode back in June; but the cabler has officially announced that the military themed drama will not be returning after seven years on the air. However, Lifetime is planning to air a two-hour retrospective special with cast members to honor the series that will air early next year.

Rob Sharenow, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, had this to say about ‘Army Wives’, “There is no denying how special Army Wives has been to both Lifetime and the television landscape. By taking on a very relevant and timely issue, it has brilliantly captured the challenges our military families endure and the bravery they and their loved ones display while serving our country”. He continued by saying, “It has been an honor to be the home of Army Wives. We also want to thank Army Wives’ passionate legion of fans and everyone involved with the series: ABC Studios, Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin, Tanya Biank, every single cast member, as well as the crew and community of Charleston, South Carolina. Without their dedication, effort and loyalty, Army Wives’ seven wonderful seasons would not have been possible; and for that we are very grateful”.

The series followed the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women living with their spouses and families on an active Army post. Over the seven year history of the show the cast members included Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Wendy Davis, Brigid Brannagh, Kelli Williams, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Brooke Shields, Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto, Elle McLemore, Jesse McCartney, Terry Serpico, Drew Fuller, Alyssa Diaz and J.J. Soria.

‘Army Wives’ was created by Katherine Fugate based on the book “Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives” by Tanya Biank. During the series’ run it received two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Sentinel for Health Award from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Norman Lear Center, as well as numerous NAACP Image Award, NAMIC Award and Prism Award nominations.

An official airdate for the two-hour ‘Army Wives’ retrospective has not yet been announced by Lifetime, but is, again, expected for early 2014.