Lifetime renews vows with 'Army Wives'


Lifetime has picked up "Army Wives" for a third season with an 18-episode order.

The announcement, made during the Television Critics Assn.'s summer press tour, comes only five weeks into the drama's second season, which also consists of 18 episodes. Season 3 bows next year.

"Wives," from ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co., has set records for Lifetime since its premiere in summer 2007. This season, the series ranks as ad-supported basic cable's No. 1 drama among Lifetime's key demos of women 18-49 and women 25-54.

Lifetime president and CEO Andrea Wong called the series a "game changer" for the net. (partialdiff)