Lifetime drafts Army Wives for season four
by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 25th 2009 11:02AM
There are two significant things to take from the news that Army Wives will return for a fourth season. One, the predominantly female viewership of Lifetime has embraced the series about the lives of Army personnel and their families on the Fort Marshall post in Charleston, South Carolina; and two, scripted dramas are on the rise all across the cable networks. It also means that this finely acted, well-written and well produced show is going to be around for the next couple of years at least.
Just look around: TNT has shows like The Closer, Trust Me and Saving Grace. USA can point to Monk, Psych, Burn Notice, et. al. A&E has gotten into the game with The Beast and The Cleaner. Perhaps the most successful is AMC with Emmy-winners Mad Men and Breaking Bad. And, of course, there are Showtime and HBO, too.
Army Wives is Lifetime's most successful series ever. It's a compelling dramatic series that could just have easily been a hit on ABC, which ironically is where the producer Mark Gordon's Grey's Anatomy resides. Gordon also has Criminal Minds on CBS, and Reaper on CW. To me this means that as a TV fan, if you're not veering off the big three plus one -- ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox -- you're missing some great shows.
Army Wives will be airing season three this June, so the season four pick-up is a pat on the back for the series. Lifetime knows what they have in Army Wives, a continuing drama that is building a loyal following. Also, as I wrote in the past, Army Wives works best because it's about the characters, not the military. The stories about Roxy and Trevor, Claudia Joy and Michael, Denise and Frank, Pamela, Roland. I know last season when Roxy learned that Betty had died from breast cancer, after telling her that she was doing well, I was moved to tears.