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Army Wives: Has Lifetime Ordered the Last Episodes? No Season Seven?

Army Wives endingLifetime hasn’t renewed Army Wives for a seventh season but has instead ordered 10 additional episodes for season six. The cable channel initially ordered 13 episodes last May and has now increased that number to 23 installments. Prior to this, the drama’s biggest season order has been 19 episodes.

According to Deadline, the cast and crew are currently filming the sixth season and this move will keep them in continuous production. Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva are the cable channel’s strongest shows and they understandably want to keep them going until they can launch other successful series. Last summer’s new dramas — The Protector and Against The Wall — weren’t big performers. One was cancelled and the other hasn’t been renewed yet.

The original Army Wives actors’ salaries expire at the end of the sixth season. By tacking on additional episodes, Lifetime doesn’t have to renegotiate with them to get more installments. The cable channel is supposedly offering each of the leads an increase of $10,000 per episode, far less than what they’d get if their contracts were renegotiated. The longer season will likely be broken up into two parts.

The cast and crew were expected to wrap season six by February which would have allowed the actors time to audition for new pilots. With Lifetime ordering 10 more episodes, pilot season will be long passed by the time they’re available. Sally Pressman has a holding deal with NBC that will have to be pushed back and Catherine Bell had been fielding offers from networks for new pilots.

It’s been suspected that season six is the show’s last. If that’s indeed true, Lifetime is getting as many episodes as they can out of the cast without having to renegotiate and increase their talent costs.

What do you think? Will there be a seventh season or is season six the end? How long should Army Wives go on?

 

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Maple June 24, 2013 at 12:54 am

Pretty! This has been a really wonderful article. Thank you for providing this info.

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Paula Pierson January 16, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I love this show. My daughter got me hocked. My sons girlfriends watches it also and a dear old friend said she also watches it. We all love it and will be very disappointed if there won’t be any more shows. It is a good family show with messages that we could all use in our own lives with our loved ones.

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nadine October 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

.. Please keep the show going !

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Shelia September 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

I hated to watch the. Last show of army wives I have been watching the show since it started. There are so many shows that life time can cancle but please put army wives back on . To the fans leaving them hanging would be a slap in the face to not know if it has to end let the last show end with everyone getting promotions and moving away . But as a fan I would like for the show to stay on the air thank you

Thank you
Shelia b
Bell Florida

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Keith A. Lindsey, MBA September 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I agree with those comments before mine. I LOVE this show! Although I don’t have cable, I do have NetFlix and I watch Army Wives on Netflix. Please keep this show going. Not many shows are as good as this one.

The cast is wonderful and the story lines are compelling. Indeed, I found myself unable to stop watching episode after episode on NetFlix.

Bottom line: keep this show! It’s light-years better than ANY reality TV show and as good as shows such as NCIS and CSI.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Keith A. Lindsey, MBA

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