Lifetime has announced that Army Wives, its longest-running series, has been cancelled after seven seasons on the air.
The drama, which concluded in June, followed the lives of a group of women living on an active Army post with their spouses and families, and starred Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Wendy David, Brigid Brannagh and Kelli Williams.
“There is no denying how special Army Wives has been to both Lifetime and the television landscape,” Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, 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 went on to say, “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.”
In the early part of next year, Lifetime will air a two-hour retrospective special featuring the cast. A date has yet to be announced.
The show underwent cast changes during its run. Delaney departed before its now-final season, and added new cast members — Ashanti, Brook Shields and Torrey DeVitto — but it looks it wasn’t enough to persuade Lifetime to continue with the series.
Army Wives has been recognized with various awards over the years, including receiving two Grace Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media, and received nominations for the NAACP Image Awards and the Prism Awards.
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