'Wives' re-enlisted for fourth tour

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Lifetime has renewed its signature drama "Army Wives" for a fourth season to launch in 2010.

The 18-episode pickup comes four months ahead of the series' third-season premiere in June.

"Wives" is Lifetime's highest-rated series to date and cable's top drama series in women 18-49.

"This early pickup — even prior to the Season 3 premiere — is a true testament to our commitment and support of this great show," Lifetime exec vp JoAnn Alfano said.

"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, which is filming its third season in Charleston, S.C., stars Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Terry Serpico, Catherine Bell and recently upped regular Katelyn Pippy.

"Wives" is produced by ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co. Jeff Melvoin, Marshall Persinger, Harry Bring, Mark Gordon and Deborah Spera executive produce.

Tanya Biank, on whose book, "Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives," the series is based, is a consultant. (partialdiff)
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