After seven seasons and 117 episodes, Lifetime has decided to cancel their longest running original drama. Based on the non-fiction book 'Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives' by author Tanya Biank, 'Army Wives' debuted in summer 2007. The series premiere remains the highest rated in Lifetime history, and the drama remained a ratings champion for a number of years.
Unfortunately, this past season saw the departure of original cast member Kim Delaney, leaving Catherine Bell as the only remaining original wife. The (now) final season debuted with one million less viewers than the previous year, and continued on a downward trend. New cast additions like Ashanti, Brooke Shields, and Torrey DeVitto drew positive buzz, but weren't nearly enough to help the show recapture its former status as Lifetime's crown jewel.
While fans are never happy to see a series they love die, viewers should take solace in just how impressive a seven year, 100 plus episode run is in the "what have you done for me lately" world of television production. Most pilots are lucky to even make it to series, and most series are lucky to make it to season two. The cast and crew have nothing at all to be ashamed of, and should face the end with their heads held high.
The series finale of 'Army Wives' aired back in June. The seventh season DVD set was released on Sept. 10. Lifetime will celebrate the series with a two-hour retrospective special early next year.