The seventh season of Lifetime’s hit drama “Army Wives” will see new challenges to the tribe, including a heartfelt and final goodbye to one of their own in one of the series’ most dramatic and pivotal moments. Four new characters are set to join the cast, headlined by Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Ashanti (“Resident Evil: Extinction,” “John Tucker Must Die”, “Coach Carter”), Torrey DeVitto (“Pretty Little Liars,” “The Vampire Diaries”), Elle McLemore (“Bring It On,” “The Suite Life on Deck)” and Emmy® and Grammy nominee Jesse McCartney (“All My Children”). As the number one ad-supported cable series in its premiere time period among Women 18+, “Army Wives” will return with 13 all-new episodes, beginning Sunday, March 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, leading into the season two premiere of Lifetime’s other hit drama “The Client List.”
“We’re all very excited about season seven, in which a new tribe emerges from the shadow of tragedy. Maintaining the enduring premise of Army Wives, the audience will witness a remarkable set of women—some familiar, some new—form friendships that see them through the challenges of Army life as their husbands serve at a dangerous outpost in Afghanistan,” said Jeff Melvoin, Executive Producer.
“Army Wives” follows 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. The series stars Catherine Bell, Brian McNamara, Kelli Williams, Wendy Davis, Terry Serpico, Alyssa Diaz and JJ Soria. Sally Pressman and Sterling K. Brown will also appear in several episodes.
Ashanti will make her series regular debut in Army Wives as “Latasha Montclair,” a force of nature and an indomitable spirit for whom “southern hospitality” isn’t just a concept, it’s a way of life. Latasha finds joy in navigating the daily chaos of singlehandedly wrangling her three children while her husband, “Quincy” (Joshua Henry, “Godspell,” “The Scottsboro Boys”), is deployed overseas.
DeVitto will portray “Maggie Hall,” a former airborne soldier with three deployments in Iraq under her belt who is more comfortable fixing Army trucks or riding her motorcycle than decorating her living room. Maggie is hanging up her dog tags and focusing on her new mission: motherhood and marriage to her second husband, Staff Sergeant “Eddie Hall” (Burgess Jenkins, “Remember the Titans”).
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter and actor McCartney, best known for his chart-topping hit song “Beautiful Soul” and his role on “All My Children,” for which he received two Daytime Emmy nominations, joins Army Wives as Private “Tim Truman,” an enthusiastic young soldier determined to prove himself on his first deployment.
McLemore, who starred on Broadway’s “Bring It On,” will play “Holly Truman,” Tim’s high school sweetheart and newlywed wife. Holly is a long way from her family’s farm in Effingham, Illinois, the only home she’s ever known. But now that Tim is deployed and Holly is on her own for the first time ever, she is learning the ropes of being an Army wife from her new friends at Fort Marshall.
Produced by ABC Studios, with Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin serving as executive producers, the series is based on the book “Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage” by Tanya Biank, who serves as a consultant.
Mark Gordon (Executive Producer)
Mark Gordon has produced and financed more than 50 motion pictures and television programs with theatrical box-office revenues exceeding 3 billion dollars. Currently Gordon serves as executive producer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and CBS’s “Criminal Minds.” Gordon is also currently working on the recently released feature film “The Painted Veil,” and the upcoming film “10,000 B.C.”
As a producer, Gordon’s film credits include “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Casanova,” “Hostage,” “The Patriot,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Broken Arrow” and “Speed.” As an executive producer and financier, Gordon’s credits include “The Matador,” “Prime,” “Tomb Raider,” “Wonder Boys,” “Man on the Moon,” “A Simple Plan,” “Primary Colors” and “The Jackal.”
For television, Gordon served as executive producer on HBO’s “Warm Springs,” which received 16 Emmy nominations and won for outstanding made-for-television movie. He produced more than a dozen films for television, including HBO’s “And Starring Poncho Villa as Himself,” which garnered nine Emmy Award nominations. He directed “Nothing But Sun,” a journey through the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of children, for which he also received an Emmy nomination. He served as producer on “The War Between the Classes,” which won Gordon an Emmy for best children’s program.
Among his numerous industry awards are a Golden Globe for best picture and a best-picture Oscar nomination for “Saving Private Ryan.” The film also received the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards for best picture. Gordon has been honored with the Daryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, and he received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for best children’s film for “Paulie: A Parrot’s Tale.”
Gordon serves on the boards of the Producers Guild of America, the Virginia Film Festival and Teach for America, Los Angeles.
His first producing effort was the off-Broadway production of “The Buddy System” at Circle in the Square. Gordon is a graduate of New York University’s film school in New York City.
Jeff Melvoin (Executive Producer)
Jeff Melvoin has worked in television as a writer-producer on numerous series, including “Alias,” “Early Edition,” “Picket Fences,” “Northern Exposure,” “Hill Street Blues” and “Remington Steele.” Prior to his television work, Melvoin was a correspondent for Time magazine. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in American history and literature and wrote a thesis on American detective fiction. His career achievements include an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Television Critics Award.
Melvoin resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.