There is a lot to look forward to this Sunday on Lifetime, including the return of "Army Wives," with Episode 8 of Season 5! "Army Wives" actress Sally Pressman (Roxy LeBlanc) will be joining us LIVE on Twitter during this Sunday's all-new episode of "Army Wives," May 1. The actress will be answering fan questions from 9-10 pm eastern (8-9 pm central) and discussing the current season.
If you can't watch and Tweet with us Sunday night, submit your questions for Sally in the comments below or via Twitter!
For those of you Tweeting along with us on Sunday night, remember to use the hashtag #ArmyWives in your posts and follow our official account, @armywives, plus cast member @SallyPressman to join in the conversation!
Here at Lifetime, we understand the importance of supporting and giving back to military families in need. To do our part and celebrate Season 5 of "Army Wives," Lifetime partnered with social media aid organization BroadCause.com to raise funds for military families in the U.S. — one Tweet at a time!
During the first week of Season 5, Lifetime promised to donate $1 for every Tweet and Facebook post about "Army Wives" to non-profit organization Blue Star Families. Formed by a group of military spouses in 2008, Blue Star Families works to raise awareness of the challenges of military family life.
With the support (and RTs!) of fans like you, we met our goal of $50,000. A big thank you goes out to our Twitter fans, to Blue Star Families and of course to all of our military families out there!
Have you watched the "Army Wives" episode yet? You know, the one that broke records and makes us emotional to even type about? That's right, we're talking Season 5, Episode 4 a.k.a. "On Behalf of a Grateful Nation" a.k.a. the episode that changed everything for the Fort Marshall families!
There's only a little bit more time to watch the episode online, so we put together a mini Must-See Episode 4 Guide including links to the full episode, photos and more:
In true “Army Wives” fashion, I ended yesterday’s Bubba Bryant interview with a bit of a cliffhanger, stopping just as I turned the topic over to the ladies in Bubba’s life — both on screen and off! Read the third and final installment of my chat with the actor behind Jeremy Sherwood to find out if the star is single, whether he would date Amanda Holden or Tonya Gabriel in real life and what is in his (very bright) future.
I’ll put the word out, don’t worry! In real life would you fall for someone more like Tonya or Amanda?
Bubba: Who would Bubba fall for?! Let America know; my perfect girl would be a girl that goes surfing with me, goes fishing with me and is just chill, calm, relaxed and loves life. 'Cause that’s what I am. I love life, I love people and to find a girl like that? She’s out there somewhere! Tell her I’m waiting — I’ll be waiting for her.
Will you be back in future episodes for flashbacks or anything like that?
Bubba: Yes, Jeremy will surface in the next few episodes. They’re going to have flashbacks and everything. Let’s not count on or bet on Jeremy coming back in ghost form!
What do you think will happen to Tonya? A lot of people think that she’s pregnant.
Bubba: I don’t know about the pregnancy thing because he… he wasn’t doing too much “romancing” out there. I mean, she could be pregnant… They definitely will continue to use her — she’s such a great actress. She’s from Julliard. This is her first film thing that she’s ever done. She was great. I mean, we would be doing takes — I would do like, four takes, and then Erin would get up there — one take wonder! ‘Great, Erin! Perfect!’ She could take Jeremy’s place in that they bonded with her, but time will tell. We don’t really know what’s going [to happen].
We have a strong Charleston, SC Twitter-base, and some of the fans have asked whether or not you plan on sticking around your hometown?
Bubba: Yes! I’m a Charleston boy. I have 300 years of family in Charleston. My grandparents’ families have been here forever. I’ll be doing videotaped auditions, sending stuff out, but in the meantime, I’m not going to relocate to New York or Los Angeles. My grandfather told me that Charleston is the South’s best kept secret, (laughs) which I’m not really doing too much to keep. But Charleston’s amazing, if anyone wants to come down, they can come hear my band play at different bars around here!
Tell us more about your band!
Bubba: It’s the Bubba Band! I’m the lead singer, and we play a lot of the hit songs on the radio and a lot of bar songs that you hear. We play a wide variety of popular songs; you know, anything ranging from “Baby Got Back” to “Simple Man” we cover “Crazy Game of Poker,” “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul. We have all the covers going on — I tab out all the stuff then teach it to the band.
I got started with the guitar when I used to play for Methodist youth around South Carolina and my youth minister was a statewide guitar player they would have play at different conferences. He taught me how to play. So when I started playing, I was playing for a group of people — and you’re playing with people you’re not performing. So when I’m playing at the bars, I’m playing with the people at the bar, I’m playing the songs that the people in the bar know all the words to and can sing along to. So it’s a fun time and definitely something that’s continuing. All of my songs are bluesy, jazzy — like Jack Johnson mixed with The Black Keys.
Getting back to the show, what will you miss most about your “Army Wives” family?
Bubba: We did it for so long that it became a rhythm and going on set was a way for me to explore the art of acting. It was just so warm; there was no competition, there was no rushing. We just got to play, it was our little playground. And everybody knew each other and we’re all friends with each other, we’ve been together so long — I’m talking about crew, everybody! It’s a family, you know? It’s like high school. I’ve been through five years of it. They’re still going to be around, but… I’ve changed schools! It’s unfortunate, but it had to happen.
Who are you closest with on the show?
Bubba: Terry and Catherine — they’re like my parents. I’m always hanging out with them, they’re always checking up on me. Terry was my roommate, so I will definitely say… Terry! But I can’t even say Terry more than Catherine because I hang out with both of them. I helped Catherine move the other day and when I was in Los Angeles, Catherine invited me to her house and showed me all the spots and everything. But I’m close with everyone on the show, they all take care of me. I was the little brother. They were so nice. I was so privileged to be part of such a mature cast. There’s really no BS in the vibe here. Someone told me, ‘you’ll get through the honeymoon period and then people will start talking about each other’ — it never happened. Ever. Literally. Never happened. It was a fantasy first big gig.
“Army Wives” may be a drama, but off-camera, do you have any favorite funny moments?
Bubba: We were filming one time and one of the camera guys had a fishing rod and I got to go fishing in Army gear. I didn’t catch anything but fishing in Army gear is pretty fun. And Catherine always messes with me. That’s something I’ll miss too. Catherine always messes with me because she’s gorgeous, and I play her son (laughs) so she’ll be like, ‘come to Mama!’
What will you take from this role to your next projects?
Bubba: The world! I literally was given the golden ticket working with Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Brian McNamara all the directors that come in, Terry Serpico, Wendy Davis — all of these huge actors just opened up their book and gave me acting skills, set skills, work ethic. I know how everything works and I know what doesn’t work and I know when to speak and when not to speak. All because of “Army Wives” — they showed me exactly how to do it. On other sets, things go so fast and people get frustrated and there’s more tension, but on the set of “Army Wives” there is laughing and playing. It’s a very comfortable set to learn on.
What are your dream projects for the future? Since you’re a self-proclaimed Romeo, would you want to do romantic comedies?
Bubba: My dream job would be “The Avengers.” I like action movies, and things like that. I’m a sports guy, so of course I like doing that. And being under Terry’s wing, where he’s done all of the stunt stuff, that’s kind of what I want to do. But, movies! I want to continue to show the human condition. I’ve got it, I can make my body go, I can show what it is to be in certain different situations that humans go through and that’s why people watch. I want to continue to do that.
Yesterday we gave you a taste of our interview with “Army Wives” star Richard “Bubba” Bryant and I think it’s safe to say that we could all use a little more Jeremy Sherwood (and Bubba!) in our lives! Read on for Part 2 of our chat, where we ask the actor fan questions, who he watched the episode with and who the heck he’s talking to while we’re trying to interview him!
It’s an understatement to say that the fans, who have gotten to know you over the past five years, had a strong reaction to your death. What was your family’s reaction when they saw the episode?
Bubba: Well, my mom’s side of the family was all military — they were all in the Navy. Fun fact; my grandmother and grandfather met on the military base that we film at! There are so many things that run parallel. When they talk about the funeral home on Calhoun Street? The funeral home on Calhoun Street is the family funeral home. Denise was Hazel in the flashback episode and my grandmother’s name is Hazel. A lot of parallels!
My mom is an extra a lot on the show, but she couldn’t do any of the [Episode 4] scenes. But they were very proud of me and proud that I got to tell this story.
Who did you watch the episode with?
Bubba: The first time that we saw it was with the cast — they screened it right before. And then the time that it showed on television, I didn’t want to watch it with anyone that I was really close to, because I wanted them to not have me around, to see the story and not be looking around and have Bubba there watching Jeremy — this is not “Bubba,” it’s Jeremy who dies. So I [watched with] one of my friends, this guy Anthony who’s a professional surfer and one of the soldiers, one of the extras. I grew up surfing with this kid, and he’s my boy! So I was able to watch it and kind of absorb it and have him there, have happy-go-lucky Anthony next to me.
Did he cry?
Bubba: Yeah, he was crying too! When you’re watching, when they do the funeral in Afghanistan, he’s the guy on the absolute left that has his head down. But right after that we went out to a show at the Music Farm right around here and… I didn’t go to sleep until around 7 o’clock in the morning (laughs). You know? Have to celebrate! It’s a celebration. We’re changing the world right now. People need to know what’s going on in the war.
How has the show changed your perspective on soldiers and families?
Bubba: When I was first doing the show and I went to Fort Bragg and I got to shadow all of these people and meet Army families and people saying, ‘thank you for what you do,’ I loved it. I have so much respect for these people. These people are so kind. It’s heart-wrenching and it’s tragic that people are losing their kids, their wives and their husbands going overseas trying to help humanitarian efforts. At the end of the day, everyone needs to take their hats off for the military.
One of our Facebook fans asked: What was it like playing a soldier who was in combat? Did it feel too surreal as if you were facing your own mortality?
Bubba: That is a very good question! When you’re in the rhythm of the character, like when I did the post traumatic stress scenes, it was kind of hard for me to break away from that because your body tenses up. I’ve never been claustrophobic, but when I was laying in the coffin — ah, just thinking about it now! — I started freaking out. This is the reality, this is what happens. That’s where I’m going to be when I die.
The day that we shot it was a little cold and the day started getting a little bit warmer so we started getting hot and then right when we started doing the scene where I die, this soft wind started to come across the rock quarry that we were at. And it was just this feeling — it was just so surreal. Everyone around us knew what was going on and there was just this silence and this calm wind, it was, I don’t know… very creepy and very weird. I opened up my eyes after the first take — where the medic came over and checked me — and there was a vulture circling over me. The first thing I saw when I opened my eyes were vultures circling! There was something in the air that day.
We keep talking about his death, but Jeremy has been through so many things over the five seasons of the show. What was the most challenging thing for you to go through as an actor?
Bubba: The scenes when Jeremy got back into town and he had the death of [Pvt. Mark] Rison on his shoulders. He doesn’t talk about it. He does the soldier thing and he just keeps it in and keeps it in. And when he gets to explode in the first episode of the fourth season when Roland and I had the psychological breakthrough and me crying — that was a release. But the holding it in, holding in the guilt of his friend’s death and just embodying that and putting that in my head? I want to feel it, whatever happiness in my life — I want to tune that out and concentrate on what he’s going through so I can show what exactly happens to a human being when he goes through that. And I would come home and it would kill me, because your mind makes your body clench up and it was so hard for me to shake that once I would get home. Even thinking about it now, thinking about what these kids go through. But the Rison stuff, when I got home from Iraq, the whole suicide thing, that was definitely the toughest time but at the same time the most rewarding as an actor. We want to go into these different bodies and walk in their shoes and when there’s something that powerful that we get to go into, it’s… I don’t know. It’s cool to feel the human condition. But that was the hardest part definitely.
Bubba is talking to someone in the background. I have to ask; who are you talking to?
Bubba: (laughs) Oh, my dog! Yeah, I’ve got a “labra-dog,” he’s pretty cool. I had just gotten Jackson — that’s my dog — I had him for six months before we did the Lucky [the LeBlanc’s dog] stuff. And so I had already developed that relationship with the dog and learned how to deal with dogs. The animal trainer was like, ‘oh my gosh, have you done this before?’
We’ve been through all of your character’s hardships — but what about when you get to fall in love on the show? With Amanda Holden in Season 1 and Tonya in the last two seasons.
Bubba: I mean, that’s just fun, you know? I’m a “Romeo” — I love falling in love! So those scenes, and Kim Allen and Erin Krakow, are amazing. They’re so good — and I got to make out with them!
Alright, "Army Wives" fans, I'm going to make you wait until tomorrow to hear more from Romeo — er, Bubba here. And yes, we did find out if he is single or taken. Catch you back here tomorrow!
Along with you, the 4.8 million "Army Wives" fans (and the 30,000-and-counting Twitter fans!) that tuned in to the episode that changed everything on Fort Marshall, I was devastated to say goodbye to our favorite Army son, Jeremy Sherwood.
Having started at Lifetime in the middle of Season 4 of "Army Wives," I'm (admittedly!) a late-to-the-game fan. But watching the show from Episode 1 at the same time as watching it in "real" time meant that I got to see the many sides of Jeremy both his early struggles and the strong man he would grow to be.
After this season’s heart-breaking Episode 4, it seemed that I wasn't the only one who wanted more Jeremy and more of the actor who plays him, Richard “Bubba” Bryant. After compiling questions from Twitter and Facebook friends, I caught up with Bubba (after a game of golf with his former cast mates) to talk all things “Army Wives” okay, and be totally charmed by his Charleston drawl.
Hey, Bubba! You just finished a game of golf, I hear?
Bubba: We [Terry Serpico and Brian McNamara] just got off the golf course. Terry hit a little bit better than I did. We actually got third place in the golf tournament Brian got second.
Sounds like fun! What has life since your last episode aired been like?
Bubba: Facebook and the social networks have just been blowing up! So many people have been like, ‘thank you so much for the show,’ and ‘you did a great job. We’re going to miss you!’ So many different friends on facebook are asking me what I’m doing next and I’m in Charleston right now looking for a job! (laughs) In the meantime, I’m going back to school for biology. In between jobs, I don’t want to be bartending. I’m a junior so I have a year and a half to two years left in biology.
What is the question you’ve been asked most often besides ‘what’s next’?
Bubba: People have been asking me, ‘are you sad to get killed off?’ and I’m honored. I get butterflies in my stomach I got to tell such an important story. It has nothing to do with me. This is a story that needed to be told and that “Army Wives” had the privilege of being able to touch so many people with. “Army Wives” had the opportunity of doing it with the development of Jeremy over the past five years. It’s such a cool thing that I get to be a part of. It’s going to be hard for me to find another job with such an important back story.
How did you find out what was going to happen with Jeremy?
Bubba: Jeff [Melvoin, executive producer] called me right before Christmas and he was telling me about it. He felt really bad and not only are they losing me, but the character that they’ve been developing for so long! But it’s just something that has to happen or we wouldn’t be true to the story. The first reaction is ‘Damn it, I lost my job.’ And the second reaction is ‘My gosh, this is far beyond me!’ I’m a little bit a part of it but this is way beyond me and I’m so privileged to be a part of it.
Were you the first cast member to find out?
Bubba: Yes! I was. And I had to keep it a secret.
Whoa, and you had to keep it a secret from the other actors? For how long?
Bubba: (laughs) About a month or so. I talked to Catherine about it. Catherine was the only one who really knew about it before. I didn’t want it to be a big surprise [for her].
What was her reaction?
Bubba: She was like, ‘oh my gosh,’ you know? She was baffled by it as well. Once everyone found out they were sad, they were like, ‘so sorry we’re going to lose you!’ It’s unfortunate, but it’s even more cool that I got to be a part of that story line. 4.8 million viewers most watched “Army Wives” ever on Lifetime had my face all over it.
All of the fans had theories about who was going to die, did the cast know someone was going to die?
Bubba: No, they didn’t know anything. They didn’t know what the story line was at all.
Here, we knew that someone was going to die I waited to watch the show with the fans but had to find out who was going to die before the episode aired. A lot of the Facebook and Twitter followers thought it was going to be Chase.
Bubba: Well see, it wouldn’t have been as powerful! He’s a husband, he’s around every now and then, but the ups and downs the rollercoaster ride that the audience has been on with Jeremy makes him closer to their heart, that he’s a son. They saw him as a child and they saw him as a soldier. (laughs) So poetic! People have been telling me, you know, they see people die on other television shows and they see people die on [movies like] “Hurt Locker” and stuff like that, but there’s literally been a half of a decade of these people growing up with Jeremy and we got the golden ticket to tell the story and it fit perfectly. Terry Serpico was amazing, Catherine Bell was amazing. Those two oh god!
Stay tuned to the "Army Wives" Blog and Official Facebook and Twitter to read Parts 2 & 3 of our interview with Richard "Bubba" Bryant as he answers fan questions, reveals his hidden talent and really makes us want to visit Charleston, SC!
Let's take a little walk down the long road Pamela and Chase Moran and the fans who love them have been on during "Army Wives," shall we? From the day we first met the Morans until their divorce last season, we've seen the couple through ups, downs, fights and steamy makeup sessions Chase's demanding job with Delta and subsequent disappearing acts often the catalyst. So when Mr. Moran returned to win back Pamela in the Season 4 finale, we were on the edges of our seats to see what was next with this hot couple.
Watch Chase and Pamela renew their relationship in this romantic montage from "Army Wives" Season 5, Episode 5:
What do you think is next for Pamela and Chase (or as we call them on Twitter, "Chamela"!)? Do you think they are back together for good? Do you think Chase should leave his job? Comment below and let us know if you're Team Chamela!
View more video extras and full episodes from Season 5 on the "Army Wives" Video page.
4.8 million "Army Wives" fans tuned in to the heart-wrenching episode "On Behalf of a Grateful Nation" this past Sunday and your tear-filled Tweets are still coming our way. Watch an emotional tribute to a fallen soldier, on Episode 4 of "Army Wives" Season 5.
SPOILER ALERT: this video reveals which character died on the past episode of "Army Wives."
View more video extras and full episodes from Season 5 on the "Army Wives" Video page.
Thanks to the amazing "Army Wives" fans, last night's episode was the most watched in the Lifetime series' history! 4.8 million viewers tuned in Sunday, March 27 to watch "On Behalf of a Grateful Nation" and it seemed almost as many of you were on Twitter to talk about the emotional episode that will change life at Fort Marshall as we, and the Army Wives, know it.
Click the photo above to view select images from Episode 4 and here to watch last night's full "Army Wives" episode online.
There's nothing like watching a new episode of "Army Wives" along with the fans (and, occasionally, the cast!) on Twitter and Facebook! Join us every Sunday at 9 pm ET on the Official "Army Wives" Twitter page to Tweet during new episodes. Who knows, maybe your favorite Army Wives and Husbands will be around to answer your burning show questions.
Did you tune in last night? What did you think of the episode?
Join Brian McNamara (Michael Holden), Terry Serpico (Frank Sherwood), Wendy Davis (Joan Burton) and Sally Pressman (Roxy LeBlanc) LIVE on Twitter during this Sunday's all-new episode of "Army Wives," March 27. The cast will be answering fan questions from 9-10 pm eastern (8-9 pm central) and discussing the current season.
UPDATE: Catherine Bell (Denise Sherwood) will also be joining us to Tweet during the show!
Simply use the hashtag #ArmyWives in your posts and follow our official account, @armywives, plus our cast members, @TwoGems57 @terryserpico, @realWendyDavis, @SallyPressman, @reallycb to join the conversation!