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View Pictures From Season 6 - Courtesy of the Army Wives!

Posted By LisaRaphael 8:02pm GMT

Filming for Season 6 of "Army Wives" is happening as I type, and although I wish I could bring all of us on a very special behind-the-scenes tour of Fort Marshall (or whereever the drama will be unfolding this year ;) I will leave it up to the Army Wives and Hubbies themselves to take us there!

We've been spotting the show's actors Tweeting pics from the set of each other, guest stars (like the one above Wendy Davis snapped of herself and Kelli Williams!) and more. Join Twitter today and follow the official "Army Wives" account to get all of the latest scoop on Season 6 straight from the cast. Then, check out Tweets and pics from the show's actors:

Wendy Davis (Lt. Colonel Joan Burton): this "Army Wives" actress frequently shares photos of her life on-and-off the set — including her favorite pastime, horses!
Catherine Bell (Denise Sherwood): her character may be soft-spoken on the show, but in the Twittersphere CB is happy to chat with fans.
Brian McNamara (Major General Michael Holden): it's heartwarming to see this Army Hubby's sense of humor and relationship with his castmates through his Tweets.
Sally Pressman (Roxy LeBlanc): let's just say that if Roxy followed Sally on Twitter, she might add vegan cupcakes and green juice smoothies to the Hump Bar's menu.
Katelyn Pippy (Emmalin Holden): just like her character on the show, Katelyn is away at college and a student athlete, playing hockey at Cornell University! Follow her as she keeps us in the loop on her busy life.
Erin Krakow (Specialist Tanya Gabriel): the newest addition to the "Army Wives" cast Tweets about her travels and loves hearing what fans want to see happen with her character in Season 6.
Kim Delaney (Claudia Joy Holden): catch this actress Tweeting with fans and her famous friends alike!
Terry Serpico (Lt. Colonel Frank Sherwood): this "Army Wives" actor keeps in touch with the show's (and his!) admirers and shares links to his blogs and radio interviews about his work with the USO.

Follow "Army Wives" and the cast now and stay tuned for live Tweeting during new episodes next year!

View more photos from behind-the-scenes of Season 5 of "Army Wives" in our exclusive Straight From the Set photo gallery below:


Sally Pressman Gets Married!

Posted By LifetimeLisaR 5:16pm GMT

When filming begins on "Army Wives" Season 6, Sally Pressman might just be returning with a new last name! The actress, who plays Mrs. Trevor LeBlanc on the show, got hitched to fellow actor David Rogers this Saturday in a sweet ceremony at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA.

Sally and David met in acting class five years ago and got engaged in October. David popped the question — with the sparkler Sally's showing off above — at one of his sweetie's go-to spots, the Tracy Anderson studio where Sally works out! If David looks familiar, it's probably because you've seen him on various shows like "CSI," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Cougar Town." He also starred on the Lifetime movie "The Pregnancy Pact."

Although we all want "Army Wives" to hurry up and get back on our TV screens already, the time off in between Seasons 5 and 6 were perfect for Sally, who was able to plan her wedding and keep fans up-to-date on the festivities via Twitter. After the big day, "Army Wives" actor Brian McNamara Tweeted: "Watched Sally Pressman and David Rogers get married yesterday!!! Two wonderful people with so much love for each other!! I cried!! I know..." Who knew General Holden could be such a softy?

Leave your well (wedding!) wishes for Sally and David below!


Brian McNamara on Directing Episode 10

Posted By LifetimeLisaR 6:12pm GMT

We may be most familiar with actor Brian McNamara as Major General Michael Holden on "Army Wives," but on last night's Season 5, Episode 10: Battle Buddies, the star was working behind the cameras as director. We have your backstage pass to Brian's "Army Wives" directorial debut along with other videos from Sunday's all-new episode below!

Brian McNamara On Directing
In this behind-the-scenes clip from Season 5, Episode 10 the "Army Wives" actor talks the art of talking to actors and more of the challenges he faced while in the director's chair. View Brian McNamara on Directing below:

Roxy's Marriage On The Rocks
On last week's "Army Wives," we watched In these highlights from Episode 10, Roxy struggles to save her marriage with Trevor after he reacts badly to the news about the truck stop... and Whit. Watch Roxy's Marriage on the Rocks below:

Missed Sunday's episode? Watch the full Season 5, Episode 10 online here.

What was your favorite moment from Episode 10 of "Army Wives"? What do you think about Roxy and Trevor? Joan and Roland's decision? Comment below!


Join the "Army Wives" Cast on Twitter This Sunday at 9 pm et

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 10:35am GMT

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!

Army Wives cast on Twitter March 27 at 9 pm et/8c

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!


"Army Wives" Q&A: Brian McNamara

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 12:48pm GMT

The patriarch of Fort Marshall, Major General Michael Holden, has been through amazing highs and lows on "Army Wives" — a promotion, the death of a daughter, the betrayal of a friend — but what do we know about the man behind this buttoned-up character?

The "Army Wives" Blog brings you an exclusive Q&A with Golden Globe–nominated actor Brian McNamara, featuring questions from selected show fans. See if yours was answered by the General, and what he has to say about the upcoming Season 4!

You've done a lot of television work! Have you ever shot any great TV pilots that were never picked up that you wish had been?

During my career I'd say there have been about a dozen pilots that never got a chance, that were very good shows. It's incredibly hard to get a pilot picked up. So many elements have to come together.

What's the most embarrassing early acting job you had?

In the late '80s Debbie Reynolds and I were undercover detectives dressed as middle-aged cleaning women in a MOW [Movie of the Week] called "Sadie and Son." Definitely my most embarrassing acting job.

How did you land your role on "Army Wives"?

Apparently Katherine Fugate and April Webster had been looking for [someone to play] the role of Michael for quite a while. I was called in at the Nth hour, and Katherine felt that she'd finally found the actor to do it. I'm so grateful. I love playing Michael.

Have you gone through any military training for the show to get a sense of the lifestyle of being a general? Have any real Army generals given you any pointers?

Initially I only had my brother Christopher as a role model. He is a retired Navy captain. I think people were impressed with my quiet air of command, which is all thanks to Chris. Since then I've been incredibly fortunate to shadow Major General Anthony Cucolo, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division based out of Fort Stewart, Georgia. He and his wife were huge inspirations.

What's the most difficult part of playing someone like Michael Holden? What's the most rewarding?

I'd say the greatest challenge to playing Michael is emotional. I'm a very emotional person, and many of the things that Michael confronts require me to keep Brian's emotions in check. The most rewarding is to be part of a show, cast and production team that strive every day to get it right. We all take great pride in honoring the men, women and families who comprise the United States Military and who risk a great deal to protect our freedoms.

Why do you think that Michael's reaction to Denise's adultery storyline was so strong?

It's Michael's belief that when a soldier is risking his or her life, it is the duty of their spouse back home to be faithful and keep things stable on the home front so their soldier in the field can keep their mind on the mission.

Your relationship with your children on the show comes across as so genuine on screen. Are you a father in real life?

I am the father of two extraordinary people who are, by far and away, the greatest source of joy and pride in my life. In fact, my daughter just started her freshman year at College of Charleston, where we film "Army Wives," so I'm thrilled to have her so close to me during the season. The cast and crew also adore her, and she's become very good friends with Katelyn Pippy, who plays Emmalin.

One of the fans' favorite Michael Holden scenes in "Army Wives" is of you punching Paolo in the face. What's one of yours?

One of my favorite scenes was when Michael and Emmalin reconcile. However, as I often tell people, every time I get to act with Kim Delaney I'm in heaven. She is such an incredibly talented actor, and I still marvel at our ability to play off each other ... to say nothing of her beauty! I've got the greatest job in the world. ;-)

You've directed some of the "Army Wives" webisodes featured on myLifetime.com. What's more challenging — acting or directing? Is this something you'd like to do more of?

I'll never lose my love for acting, but I do love directing as well. The challenge of constantly moving forward during shooting so that you never waste the time or talents of the crew you're working with is very exhilarating. Getting to work with Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis and Richard was also a great thrill. I am lobbying, and my hope is to get to direct full episodes at some point. Fingers crossed.

What do you do in your time off from the show?

During the off-season I just enjoy my time with my son.

What can you tell us about Season 4 without spoiling anything for us?

The fun part is that, to a certain degree, we are in the dark too. Which makes it fun to read each new script. Stay along for the ride, and, honestly, thank you all so much for watching.

"Army Wives" Season 4 premieres Sunday, April 11 at 10 pm et/pt


Brian McNamara Reporting for “Army Wives” Community Duty!

Posted By LifetimeRebecca 1:56pm GMT

Brian McNamara, the actor who plays Colonel Michael Holden in “Army Wives”, recently posted a thank you to real military families in the Army Wives community. Joining the community isn’t the only way that he contributes to the site and to the real military families that come to myLifetime.com for support, however. He also directs our exclusive Army Wives webisodes.

Here’s his message to the community:

“I am Brian McNamara. I play Gen. Michael Holden on ARMY WIVES. I've been reading your comments and just wanted to say thank you for your support. We all love doing the show as much as you love watching and we are all proud of the show. To all military families reading this, THANK YOU most especially for your service and sacrifice.”

It’s great to know that Mr. McNamara is as invested in this show as we are, and is reading what our community members have to say. If you haven’t yet joined the Army Wives community, what are you waiting for? We have the show as well as a place for real military wives, in addition to other fun community activities. Come join us; you never know who might be reading!

"Army Wives Confidential": Breaking the Code

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:29pm GMT

"Army Wives" star Brian McNamara explains why his character, General Michael Holden, has such a hard time dealing with Denise's forbidden relationship with Getti in this latest clip from "Army Wives Confidential":


"Army Wives Confidential" Video

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:57pm GMT

Check out the latest clips from "Army Wives Confidential."

Kim Delaney (Claudia Joy Holden) & Brian McNamara (Michael Holden) reveal the secretive nature of filming the opening episode of "Army Wives" Season 2:

Here's Brigid Brannagh's (Pamela Moran) take on it:

Don't forget to tune in Sundays at 10 pm et/pt for even more revealing moments from "Army Wives" Season 2.


"Army Wives" Kim Delaney & Brian McNamara: What's Your Sign?

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 12:00am GMT

Here's our second "Army Wives" couple horoscope: Kim Delaney and Brian McNamara.

Kim & Brian (Claudia Joy & Michael Holden)

Kim: Sagittarius

Outspoken and opinionated, Sagittarius is the sign of the truth teller. Delivering inspirational messages--like Claudia Joy's impassioned speeches about military wives--is this sign's specialty. In love, Sagittarius women won't settle for less than a fiery and all-consuming connection. They are naturally independent, but can make rash decisions which infuriate the people who care about them.

Brian: Scorpio

Scorpio is the famed "sex sign," and these men smolder with magnetic charm. Fiercely loyal, they'll defend the ones they love until the end. They can become obsessed with power and will work tirelessly to rise through the ranks in their career (hello, General Holden). Underneath it all, they are sensitive and easily hurt, which is why they only let a few trusted souls get close to their hearts.

Kim + Brian In Real Life: Sagittarius + Scorpio

There's intense chemistry between these two, both on and off-screen. Both signs crave adventure and lust for power. Sagittarius (Kim) is a sunny optimist while Scorpio (Brian) can be dark and brooding. Shoring up his moods could become an exhausting task. Since Scorpio guards his privacy with his life, her blunt nature could send shivers down his spine. A love/hate relationship could emerge; still, they'll have a hard time keeping their hands off each other.

For your own forecast, including daily, weekly and career and money horoscopes, check out our Astrology section!


Ep. 14 Recap: Michael Holden's Rage Rules

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 12:37am GMT

Diplomat Paolo Ruiz faces the music, but General Michael Holden doesn't like the tune in another dramatic episode of "Army Wives."  After Claudia Joy's attack, General Holden confronts Paolo, who seems to place the blame on the "mixed signals" he claimed to be receiving from his wife.

During some stern instructions from the Pentagon, General Holden learns that Paolo will be receiving diplomatic immunity, a revoked visa and a mere slap on the wrist for the attack, and even learns that Paolo requests that he be present at the diplomat's departure from post.

Were you shocked to see how Michael reacted to the news? Do you think he crossed the line of following orders and protocol and became too emotional? How do you think he handled it differently than Claudia Joy's hostage situation in Season 1 when he was in charge of the negotiations?

Why don't you post your thoughts here on the blog and share them with your fellow "Army Wives" fans now?

Miss the episode? Don't fret. Watch Episode 14 ("Payback") online now.