Only Five Weeks Into Season Two - and Lifetime is Re-Enlisting 'Army Wives' for a Third Tour of Duty
Smash Hit Drama From ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Company to Return in
2009 With 18 All-New Episodes
-- Year's #1 Cable Drama Among Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 --
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 11 -- Buoyed by a
record-setting second season that has catapulted the drama into the top
spot among women, Lifetime Television is ordering a third tour of duty for
"Army Wives," it was announced today at the TCA Press Tour by Andrea Wong,
President and CEO, Lifetime Networks.
Eighteen episodes have been ordered for the third season, which will
begin in 2009. "Army Wives" airs Sundays at 10PM (ET/PT).
The most successful series in Lifetime's 24-year history, this season
"Army Wives" ranks #1 among women 18-49 and women 25-54 on all of ad
supported basic cable.
Said Wong, "Since premiering last year, 'Army Wives' has become a
game-changer for Lifetime. Announcing this early renewal is a testament to
the enormous faith and confidence we have in this show and its incredibly
talented cast and production team. 'Army Wives' exemplifies what Lifetime
is all about -- friendship, compassion, humor and heart. We are very proud
of both its water cooler resonance and its success."
"In its first two seasons, 'Army Wives' has broken performance records
on Lifetime and set exemplary standards for quality drama television," said
Mark Pedowitz, president of ABC Studios. "The show's strong cast and
storylines relevant to current culture resonate with viewers. We expect the
momentum to continue, and look forward to working with our partners at
Lifetime on another exciting season."
"Army Wives," about 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 and the pressures and traditions of the military on
those who are left behind, is filmed on location in Charleston, South
Carolina and stars Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian
McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller and Catherine Bell.
Mark Gordon and The Mark Gordon Company's President of Production, Deborah
Spera serve as executive producers. Nick Thiel and series creator Katherine
Fugate also serve as executive producer. The series is based on the book
Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage by Tanya Biank,
who serves as a consultant. "Army Wives" is produced by ABC Studios.
ABC Studios 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 will produce 22 productions for broadcast and cable
television in the 2008/09 season.
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