'Army Wives' Canceled by Lifetime After Seven Seasons

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September 24th, 2013

Army Wives

Lifetime has canceled Army Wives after seven seasons. A two-hour retrospective special featuring the show’s cast will air early next year.

via press release:


LOS ANGELES, CA (September 24, 2013) – Army Wives, Lifetime’s longest-running series, will not return after recently wrapping its historic seven-season run on the network.  To honor the ABC Studios-produced series, Lifetime is planning a two-hour retrospective special with cast members that will air early next year.

Regarding the announcement, Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, said, “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 added, “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.”

Army Wives, which follows the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women living with their spouses and families on an active Army post, has starred 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, among others.  Produced by ABC Studios, with Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin executive producing, it is based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives by Tanya Biank, who served as a consultant.  The series was created by Katherine Fugate.

The drama has received numerous accolades, 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, to name a few.

ABC Studios is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content across broadcast and emerging digital platforms.  The studio is the key content provider for the ABC Entertainment Group, having produced multiple seasons of hit series, including “Scandal,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost,” “Castle” and “Revenge”; as well as “Army Wives” for Lifetime and “Criminal Minds” for CBS.  These hit series have supplied the company's distribution pipelines worldwide with programming and related product lines.  ABC Studios will continue to produce memorable television programming for the 2013-14 television season, including eight new series for ABC, the summer series “Mistresses”; along with “Perception” on TNT, “Cougar Town” on TBS,  “Devious Maids” on Lifetime, and “Intelligence,” premiering on CBS next season.

Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies.  In 2012, as a result of its aggressive programming strategy that doubled the hours of original programming, Lifetime posted its strongest year-on-year growth among the key demographics in 10+ years, while also reaching its youngest median age in 16 years.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

  • Ryan

    I don’t watch this show, but do you mean after 7 season they are not going to give this a proper series finale??

  • Tony JJ


    agree. don’t watch it, but it was a consistent performer and used to be lifetime’s number 1 show. No final season?

  • donj1973

    I watched all 7 seasons and season 7 wrapped just fine. No cliffhanger. All plots were wrapped up and characters were moving on with their lives. I think the writers knew it could be the end and ended the show with closure.

  • Allen


    I do watch it, and I can tell you the season finale was an appropriate series finale. It wrapped up every storyline and there was no cliffhanger. It was as if the producers expected it to end.

  • John A

    Ok im worried for the client list now as this had better ratings.

  • SJ

    The title of the post had me saying “WHAT?!?!” even though I’d never seen the show. I expected Lifetime to give it a final season, but it looks like they already had and it was season 7. So I’m glad for the fans.

    I don’t think “cancelled” is the term I’d use. More like “Lifetime announces the end of Army Wives” or something.

  • mathew

    this makes me super nervous for drop dead diva! they should atleast give diva a finale season.

  • Paul DeCroix

    I adore this program. The show went down when Brook Shields joined the program. She stinks!

  • Ram510

    ABC Studios will continue to produce memorable television programming for the 2013-14 television season, including eight new series for ABC, the summer series “Mistresses”;

    Are we to assume Mistresses is renewed?

    Is it possible ABC is trying to ship Mistresses off to Lifetime? (Would actually be a great fit btw)

  • merrranga

    oh man, now how are they gonna exploit war and death for profit? what a shame!

  • Devious Viewer

    This makes Devious Maids seem more successful lol. Use to watch it but lost my interest as well as serval millions.

  • Tiffany

    I can’t believe Lifetime did this! The least they could have did was let us loyal fans who have been watching since day one get a proper ending to it all. Lifetime has no idea how much their ratings are gonna drop from this! Truly is so upsetting!

  • DonJ1973

    @ Tiffany

    Did you watch the season finale to season 7? What is your issue, the show/series ended with closure. Every major storyline was wrapped up as Allen and I just said.

    It ended just fine. There was no need for an 8th season.

  • Cindy

    Sorry to see it end, but like most everyone has said they did wrap up the story lines and there was no cliffhanger. I am glad that they are doing a 2 hour special with the actors next year – that should satisfy all us die hard fans.

  • Martyman

    Lame lifetime. Very lame!!!

  • gerry

    i watched it but missed the last season and a half or so. now that i know that it wrapped in a final-esque sort of way, i’ll be sure to catch the rest. thank you, y’all!

  • Bob

    Boo! I loved the show, but am grateful for the 7 seasons which is much longer than most shows get. Congratulations to all Army Wives fans and “workers”. It did make it over 100 episodes so syndication should work out for the show for years to come.

  • Tiffani

    They did not say who Gloria chose???

  • Blake

    I hope this frees up Catherine Bell to work on a Jag reunion movie or at least reprise Mac along with AJ Chegwidden ( John M Jackson ) on NCIS. The JAG reunion movie could feature Harm and Mac returning to Washington with Harm becoming the new Judge Advocate General with Bud as his right hand man, and Mac joining AJ’s firm as a partner. Harriet would be the office manager, Tyner as an attorney, and the “Gunny” as a private investigator.

  • Samuel

    Good decision.

    Lifetime is quite obviously attempting to hit a younger market. Devious Maids, Drop Dead Diva, The Client List & this new supernatural series that’s premiering soon. Witches of East End(?) I think. Although it was a solid performer, Lifetime needed the slot.

    My guess is, they’re going to try for another younger skewing show to take it’s place and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a show quite like Pretty Little Liars (only a little older).

    I’ll also take a shot at saying they will eventually cancel The Client List because of Jennifer’s pregnancy. Drop Dead Diva should have no problem being renewed because of the cuts they made to the shows budget and Devious Maids is a big hit for Lifetime. Not quite sure about the Witches of East End series though. I guess it will premiere with respectable numbers, but it could fade.

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