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Army Wives: Sixth [Final?] Season Debuts March 4th

Army Wives season sixLifetime has announced that season six of their popular Army Wives series will debut on Sunday, March 4th. It’s been speculated that this will be the final season of the TV show but the cable channel hasn’t officially announced this — but there’s plenty of time. Given its size, it seems likely that Lifetime will split season six into two mini-seasons.

Last November, Lifetime made headlines when they ordered 10 additional episodes for season six, bringing the total to 23 installments. This represents the show’s biggest season to date. The cast and crew were still in production on the original episodes so it was a way to keep them in continuous production — and keep costs down.

The original Army Wives actors are only under contract through season six. By essentially ordering a seventh season and tacking it onto season six, the cable channel didn’t have to renegotiate contracts or worry about losing any performers to more lucrative offers. For the actors, the move meant that they’d miss the opportunity to audition for the networks’ pilot season.

Here’s the press release regarding the March 4th return:

LIFETIME’S HIT DRAMA “ARMY WIVES” AND AWARD-WINNING “COMING HOME” TO RETURN MARCH 4, 2012

Susan Lucci to Guest Star in Sixth Season of Army Wives

New Episodes of Coming Home Feature Surprise Appearances by Clint Black, Elmo and The Oakland Raiders

NEW YORK, NY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 – Army Wives, Lifetime’s most successful series in the network’s history, will return for its sixth season with all-new episodes beginning Sunday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Immediately following at 10pm ET/PT will be new episodes of Coming Home, Lifetime’s award-winning docu-series featuring U.S. armed forces service members’ surprise family reunions.

Army Wives follows the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women – and one man – living with their spouses and families on an active army post. The series stars Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Terry Serpico and Catherine Bell. Television icon Susan Lucci (All My Children) is set to make several special guest star appearances this season as Audrey, the wife of a retired Brigadier General, reuniting her with her former All My Children co-star Delaney.

The sixth season of Army Wives will see significant changes to the tribe. As they prepare to leave the recently decommissioned Fort Marshall and go their separate ways, one of them will be bidding a final farewell. In the season premiere, Roxy (Pressman) is having a hard time adjusting to the idea of moving away from her close knit group of friends, especially Pamela (Brannagh), while Michael (McNamara) and Claudia Joy (Delaney) face a tough decision about their future. Despite the turmoil, Denise (Bell) and Frank (Serpico) are planning a party for Molly’s first birthday, which may be the last time the group gathers to celebrate a milestone. But when Joan (Davis) gets word of a potentially deadly event that will descend on Fort Marshall, the tribe must band together yet again and prepare for their lives to change in an instant.

Season five of Army Wives was 2011’s number one program in its Sunday 9 p.m. time period on basic cable among Women. Additionally, Army Wives grew its audience by 11 percent among Total Viewers and 14 percent among Women 18-49 versus the prior season. Army Wives is produced by ABC Studios for Lifetime. Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin serve as executive producers. The series is based on the book Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage by Tanya Biank, who serves as a consultant.

Coming Home follows the unforgettable and inspiring surprise reunions of members of all five branches of the military with their spouses, children, parents and other loved ones as they return home from active duty throughout the world. Hosted by former American Idol finalist Matt Rogers, each episode highlights multiple reunions featuring service members and their emotional stories.

Upcoming episodes of Coming Home feature more dramatic and emotional surprise reunions and a number of special guest appearances including Grammy(R) Award-winning country music star Clint Black, who helps two adorable kids write a song about their Army captain father who just returned from Afghanistan and is hiding in the next room. Sesame Street’s very own Elmo and Rosita travel all the way to Fort Bliss, Texas, to put together a once-in-a-lifetime surprise for the children of an Army sergeant who are having an especially hard time with their father’s deployment in Iraq. And the NFL’s Oakland Raiders also join in on one of the season’s biggest moments when they help surprise the children of a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan who hasn’t seen his family in over a year when he suits up in the infamous Silver and Black to make a stunning appearance mid-field during halftime at a game in front of a stadium full of Raider Nation fans.

Last year’s premiere of Coming Home had triple digit year-to-date time period growth, becoming Lifetime’s number one homegrown un-scripted series launch ever across all key demographics. Last year the series was awarded a 2011 Innovator Award by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) for outstanding achievement in nonscripted programming, showcasing extraordinary passion and leadership in new, innovative and productive ways. Coming Home is produced by RelativityREAL, LLC with Tom Forman (creator of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and David Metzler (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) serving as executive producers.

ABOUT ABC STUDIOS

ABC Studios, part of ABC Entertainment Group, is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content across television and emerging digital platforms. As a key content driver for the Disney/ABC Television Group, the studio has produced multiple seasons of primetime series, such as “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Castle,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Private Practice,” “Army Wives” and “Criminal Minds,” which have fed the company’s distribution pipelines worldwide with programming and related product lines.

During fall 2011 (September launch through November), ABC Studios claimed TV’s Top 2 new drama series debuts among Adults 18-49 with “Once Upon a Time” (on 10/23/11) and “Revenge” (on 9/21/11), respectively. In fact, “Once Upon a Time” opened as television’s biggest drama debut in 2 years with young adults. ABC Studios placed three of the Top 15 primetime shows among AD18-49 with “Grey’s,” “Criminal Minds” and “Once Upon a Time.” Further, “Grey’s” stood as the fall’s no. 1 drama among the key Adult demo.

ABOUT RELATIVITYREAL

Under the leadership of award-winning producer Tom Forman, RelativityREAL has created and produced dozens of series and pilots for network and cable television. Though it was formed less than 3 years ago, the division has 67 projects in production, including 17 original series that are currently airing or will air in the upcoming television season including “Police Women” for TLC, “Coming Home” for Lifetime, and “The Great Food Truck Race” for Food Network.

ABOUT LIFETIME

Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) 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, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

What do you think? Do you think season six should be the last? Should it be split into two parts?

 

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Barbara August 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Why would you take such an excellent show off the air, IF that is the plan? The cast is perfect but STOP getting rid of regulars. Now if you want to take a show off the air, that off that Dance Mom’s show. Watched it twice. It is disgusting, vulgar and those little girls are being used. Shame of you for that one.

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Joan August 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Please do not cancel Army Wives. I look forward to this show each week. It would be so wrong to take it off, especially when it is capturing such a large audience.

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Dale Wagner August 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

Army wife should go on with 10 more years

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Pattie Young August 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Don’t let this be the last season of Army Wives !!! This is one of the best shows on television ! With all the reality junk on tv these days , it’s so nice to have a well written, compelling drama to watch and enjoy. The characters are so likeable and interesting . I have missed Pamela and Claudia Joy though this season. Please reconsider and keep Army Wives on for many years to come ! Thank You.

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deb August 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

I really use to love the show now I find it sort of boring.

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Debbie August 20, 2012 at 2:11 am

PLEASE GIVE US A 7TH SEASON OF ARMY WIVES. IT IS SUCH A GREAT SHOW. I AND 6 OF MY FRIENDS HAVE GOTTEN TOGETHER FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS TO WACTH THIS WONDERFUL SHOW. IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO TAKE IT AWAY. IT IS THE BEST PROGRAM ON TV . WE WILL MISS OUR FRIENDS AT FORT MARSHALL

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Ruth F. August 20, 2012 at 12:20 am

Please continue this series. Even though I have no one in the armed services, I have faithfully watched every show, every season.It’s compelling.

I also love DROP DEAD DIVA, and HOMECOMING; LIFETIME definetly has my Sunday nights !

I will be very sad if you do remove ” ARMY ” from your progamming

P.S.; I’m 73 !

Sincerely,
Ruth F.

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Chrisann August 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Please keep Army Wives on the air…I just discovered it last year and think it shows the average American what our military families go through to keep us safe. We need more relevant drama series, not so much fluff. The story lines are interesting, intelligent, timely, and important. Please keep Army Wives on!

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Christina August 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

ArmyWives is my favorite show!!! Please dont cancel it..

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Rene August 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Please don’t cancel army wives, I have not missed an episode and I really like this show. It shows the lives of wives and husband that are in the armed forces and what goes on with them. I really enjoy this show and hope that you will keep it on for more seasons…..

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Alice August 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

No way should it end! One of the best shows on TV! I love this series, the characters and the actors that play the parts! Bring on more!

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Donna Winker August 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Army Wives is the best show that has been on tv in years.I can not wait till Sunday night so I can watch it.Please do not take it off.

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David August 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Army Wives should have 4 more seasons at least!!

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Sandy August 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ARMY WIVES OFF. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS ON TV TODAY. IT DEPICTS THE LIVES OF THE WIVES, HUSBANDS, AND FAMILY OF THE MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES. OUR ARMED FORCES PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERYDAY TO PROTECT US. KEEP THIS SHOW GOING.

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donna August 17, 2012 at 7:04 am

to whom it may concern do not cancel army wives the actors and actresses are perfect . 6 seasons is not enough. my brother was in the korean war and for many years he suffered reprocussions and they made a series called mash and it went 11 seasonsand it was only some of the things he talked . it was more of a comedy take off of the korean war. army wives is the real thing.ive never missed a show. iknow you will lose a viewer on lifetime if you do. obviouslyquite a few viewers by the comments that are being made.

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