Lifetime Cancels ‘Army Wives’

Lifetime Cancels 'Army Wives'


The cable network plans to wrap the drama's run with retrospective special

Lifetime has canceled its long-running drama series, “Army Wives.”

“There is no denying how special ‘Army Wives’ has been to both Lifetime and the television landscape,” Lifetime's executive vice president and general manager Rob Sharenow said in a statement.

“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.

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After seven seasons, the cable network plans to end the series run with a two-hour retrospective special featuring cast members that will air early next year.

“It has been an honor to be the home of ‘Army Wives.'” Sharenow added. “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.”

“Army Wives” followed the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women living with their spouses and families on an active Army post. It was created by Katherine Fugate and based on Tanya Biank's novel, “Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives.” Produced by ABC Studios, Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin served as executive producers.

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The series’ ensemble cast has 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, J.J. Soria, Joshua Henry and Burgess Jenkins.

The drama has received numerous honors, including 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.

Once one of Lifetime's most-watched original series, its Season 7 finale in June attracted 2.41 million total viewers.

  • clgarrett

    I love this show but after this current season I knew it woodhappen. :-(

  • Patriot304

    This is very disappointing. I hate it when networks cancel series without closure for the millions of devoted fans who tuned in faithfully every week. I find it odd they expect loyalty from the fans but fail to show us any in return.

  • Devin McMusters

    Brooke Shields killed Army Wives with some of the worst acting ever. The show was doomed the second they fired Kim Delaney.

    • Harriet

      Why was Kim Delaney fired? When did that happen? I did not know.

      • Rachael Burks White

        I think it had to do with problems stemming from her issues related to alcohol/substance abuse but am not 100% certain.

  • Deb Kelly

    The show was different last season – not as good as in years past.

    • Susan

      I agree. iTdidnt have the same chemistry as the past.

  • Pam

    If the producers were smarter, they could have made this series work for several more years. People come and go on military bases. They could have brought new actors and actresses in for many more potential story lines. As a military spouse, this was the one series on TV that I truly enjoyed watching, especially when my husband was deployed. I looked forward to it every Sunday night. It would have been nice to see some Warrant Officer's wives on the show since my husband is an Army Warrant Officer. They missed that particular rank. But I still loved the show. Was it always accurate? No. But it was a lot more accurate than what Lifetime is replacing the series with. I have absolutely no interest in watching witches, a lawyer who is not in her original body, or devious maids. Army Wives was a show that most American women could relate to on some level because most everyone is connected to someone in the military or a women who is a military spouse. Lifetime has shot itself in the foot by doing away with this series. It could have been as long running as a daytime soap if the producers were smarter and more in tune with the fans of this show.

  • Kelly Zmudczynski

    This makes me sad to hear. Army wives was a wonderful show and I looked forward to watching it every Sunday. As a military wife with a deployed husband, it gave me something to look forward to. Though it was not always an accurate measure of military life, it will gave outsiders a perspective of what military spouses go through. I feel in this world, it is important since military men, women and their spouses are not given the credit they deserve.

  • Susan

    Army Wives one of my all time favorite shows.First,the actors were all excellent on the show and seemed to have a great chemistry,on and off the show. Secondly,most,importantly,it brought awareness of the struggles and sacrifice the family makes when soldiers go off to war and when they return. Whatsmore,the show touched on every subject that affects military families.And,why ,no matter what our political views are,that the military doesnt get cheated out of their benefits and retirement. They earned it.They should be the last group that gets their pensions cut.