Gear up for the Season 5 premiere and celebrate a brand new year by catching up on "Army Wives" Season 4! Last season was action-packed, and if you're a dedicated fan from the beginning or a new recruit, it's the perfect way to get ready for all-new stories from our favorite Army wives and husbands in 2011.
Tune in for two back-to-back episodes of Season 4 episodes each week, beginning Sunday, January 9 at 9 pm et/pt.
Keep checking back here on the blog for more news, including the big reveal of the Season 5 premiere date.
"Army Wives" author and show consultant Tanya Biank can't believe Season 4 is premiering this week, and neither can we! Get her take on the show in a new article she wrote for Operation Homefront now:
"A Clean Slate" by Tanya Biank
I want to live in TV Land. I want to survive a hostage takeover looking like I just walked out of the salon. I want to awake from a coma with perfectly applied lipstick.
I want to live in a world where the lighting is always perfect, dinner seems to prepare itself and no one ever has constipation, heart burn, bad breath or flatulence. I want to live in a place where the conversation is never boring, good always trumps evil and life’s problems get solved after the commercial break.
Most of all, I want to live in a clean slate society. Take Denise Sherwood of “Army Wives” fame. Denise (played by Catherine Bell) was pretty much a dog the last season or two. She had affairs with a doctor and then later a double-amputee, for gosh sakes. All while poor husband Frank was deployed.
Fast-forward a bit. Frank, her friends and we, the audience, forgave Denise by season’s end. Let Frank be a sucker, but the steadfast and wise Gen. Michael Holden? Gen. Holden held Denise in moral contempt as we would expect. Yet, he, too, turned out to be as forgiving as Mother Teresa.
In the show’s upcoming fourth season, in a scene where Gen. Holden reminds Denise what a great Army wife she is, I had to stomp my foot as the show’s author and consultant.
I discussed the issue with Deb Fordham, one of our talented writers on "Army Wives." Deb reminded me that Denise DID save Claudia Joy’s life in that bad car accident last season. Grateful to Denise for saving his wife, Gen. Holden made peace and told Denise she was welcome anytime in their home.
“They’ve got a clean slate as far as our stories go,” Deb said.
“I wish we all had clean slates in real life,” I said.
“And that’s why,” Deb said, “we should all live in a TV show.”
Lifetime Networks has partnered with the USO to celebrate Season Four of "Army Wives," premiering on Sunday, April 11 at 10 pm et/pt.
For more than 69 years, the USO has lifted the spirits of America's troops and their families by providing a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases around the world, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services tailored to troop needs.
Now through April 4, visit bluemountain.com to send free "Army Wives" American Greetings Easter cards to everyone you know. For each card sent, Lifetime will give 50¢ to the USO, with a maximum donation of $10,000!
Enter our online sweeps beginning April 2!
LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2010) - Lifetime Television, NASCAR and JR Motorsports have entered into a multi-faceted partnership involving on-car branding and talent appearances during the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Nashville 300 on April 3, 2010, airing at 3:30pm (ET) on ESPN, as well as a major online sweepstakes to promote the season four premiere of the hit drama "Army Wives". Cable's highest-rated original drama series among Women 18-49, "Army Wives" will return for its fourth season with 18 all-new episodes at 10:00pm (ET/PT) on Sunday, April 11, 2010, on Lifetime, television's number one women's network.
Under terms of the partnership, "Army Wives" will serve as the official sponsor of JR Motorsports' No. 7 car, driven by Scott Wimmer, which will be completely wrapped with "Army Wives" branding during the race in Nashville. Additionally, Lifetime will bring the "Army Wives" Experience to NASCAR's Fan Zone at the Nashville Superspeedway, where the program's stars Brigid Brannagh and Wendy Davis will join Wimmer and fellow JR Motorsports driver Kelly Bires for an autograph session with attendees.
"This promotion uniquely ties Lifetime in with NASCAR and JR Motorsports, reflects auto racing's long-time support of the armed forces and strategically reaches the "Army Wives" audience," said Alex Ignon, Vice President of Media and Consumer Promotions for Lifetime Networks. "Through the NASCAR and JR Motorsports sponsorship, we will be able to capitalize on one of America's most popular sports to effectively market "Army Wives" and inform its fans about the new season in an immersive, exciting and targeted way."
Moreover, Lifetime will launch the "Army Wives" Race of a Lifetime Sweepstakes on myLifetime.com, where visitors can enter to win an all-expenses paid trip for four people to a future NASCAR event this summer. Winners will meet-and-greet with a JR Motorsports driver or executive and be given a ride in the race's official pace car, an exclusive tour of the speedway's pit, garage and hauler areas, and complementary tickets for the entire weekend.
"Army Wives" star Catherine Bell and her show castmates are already hard at work shooting episodes for "Army Wives" Season 4, premiering Sunday, April 11 at 10 pm et/pt. Follow Catherine Bell's Twitter feed (@reallycb) as she snaps on-set pics and other exclusive goodies from her point of view!
How exciting! We love seeing Denise and Frank (actor Terry Serpico) back together again. Hopefully she can get more her co-stars to join in on the Twitter fun! (Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.)
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 Globenominated 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.
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.
Highest-rated Series in Network’s History, from ABC STUDIOS and THE MARK GORDON COMPANY, Returns with 18 All-New Episodes
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 13, 2010) – "Army Wives," cable’s #1 rated drama series among Women 18-49, will return for its fourth season with 18 all-new episodes set to premiere on Sunday, April 11, 2010, at 10 pm (et/pt) on Lifetime Television.
The most successful series in Lifetime’s 25-year history, "Army Wives’" remarkable third season was the highest-rated season in the series’ history among Total Viewers, Adults 18+ and Women 25-34 and the most watched season in its history among Women 25-34. In addition, "Army Wives" has been the highest-rated original drama on ad-supported cable among Women 18-49 for two consecutive years.
“Next season of 'Army Wives' promises to be one of its best ever and we are very excited to bring it back to Lifetime’s viewers in April,” said JoAnn Alfano, Executive Vice President, Entertainment, of Lifetime Networks. “Scheduling 'Army Wives'' return for the spring falls in line with our strategy to provide our audience with a steady stream of original programming year-round.”
"Army Wives," cable’s #1 rated drama series among women 18-49, has been renewed for a fourth season. Eighteen new episodes have been ordered and will premiere in 2010. Season 3 of the series is scheduled to premiere in June 2009 during its regular time slot, Sundays at 10 PM et/pt on Lifetime Television. The announcement was made today by JoAnn Alfano, Executive Vice President, Entertainment, Lifetime Networks.