Lifetime‘s Army Wives will not be returning for an eighth season. To recognize the show, Lifetime’s longest running series, the network is planning a two-hour retrospective special with cast members that will air early next year. “There is no denying how special Army Wives has been to both Lifetime and the television landscape,” Lifetime’s EVP and GM Rob Sharenow said. “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.”
Through the years, 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 and Torrey DeVitto. Last season marked the first without original co-star Delaney, with Bell as the only remaining original “wife.” The series was injected with new blood — Ashanti, Shields and DeVitto — but it was slow out of the gate with 2.26 million viewers for its premiere, down almost 1 million from last year, and couldn’t recapture Army Wives‘ former glory. Nevertheless, the ensemble drama had an impressive seven-year run and was used to launch a number of other shows.
Created by Katherine Fugate based on the book Under The Sabers: The Unwritten Code Of Army Wives by Tanya Biank, Army Wives was produced by ABC Studios, with Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin executive producing.