Army Wives Renewed For Season 7; Kim Delaney Likely Out

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Army Wives has been renewed for a seventh season by Lifetime, but star Kim Delaney likely won't be returning for the 13-episode run in 2013, according to Deadline. Other cast members are also in limbo.

Nevertheless, the renewal is official, Lifetime and ABC Studios confirmed today.

“Army Wives is a very special program,” Lifetime said in a statement. “It’s rare to find a series that connects with viewers and resonates so powerfully after six seasons, and we couldn’t be prouder to have it return next year.”

This was far from a given; Army Wives' Season 6 finale this summer was certainly tied up in a manner that could have ended the series altogether. Now that it's coming back, the question turns to the characters.

Army Wives Cast Picture

New cast member Kelli Williams, introduced last season in what many felt was a move to ensure a smooth transition if Delaney were to leave, will be back, along with Catherine Bell, who signed a two-year deal in May.

It's unclear if any other cast members are under agreement to return.

Delaney's departure has not been confirmed by the network. What do you think of Army Wives returning potentially without Claudia Joy? Can it survive without her, or any of the other characters?

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keep them all you will lose a lot of viewers if you dont cj holds it all together i think


I too will not likely continue to watch if Kim doesn't come back she is why I watched in the first place and I have never missed a show,Pam,trevor ,roxy, not sure they can keep me as a fan, I remember the Army base was opening up with the air force there also but Brooke does not make up for all our beloved actors who have left,Lifetime should have kept them on. will tune in but may quit watching.


Please bring Claudia Joy back. She was an important member of Army Wives. She kept everyone together.


I will not be returning if Claudia Joy is not returning. She was the only reason I started watching it. I love her. I am a veteran and very much like the show but it will NOT be the same without C. Joy.


Pamela's gone (moved to California last episode), Roxy's gone (Trevor got orders to a base on the west coast). The "series finale" cliff hanger set up for Joan to be killed. Even if she survives, you've already lost 2 of the 5 major characters. Losing Claudia Joy, and apparently adding Brooke Shields as a fighter pilot (and the Army doesn't have fighter pilots) changes the dynamic of the show drastically. And how is Michelle Williams' character going to be relevant unless her husband makes a "miraculous" recovery? The dymanic of Michael and Claudia Joy is vital to the show's success.


I have loved Army Wives since day 1, with all the ups and downs on the show, Claudia Joy Holden (Kim Delaney) has been the back bone as well as all the other cast members, don't take her away. The show won't be the same without her. All the personalities are different but each one Claudia Joy, Denise, Roxy, and Pamela make the show what it is all the way to season 7.


The cast is great as it is now. Why mess with success?


Please bring Kim Delaney and Chatherine Bell on board again for the seventh season of Army Wives. They bring alot to the show. I have watched the show since it has started and it will not be the same without everyone returning to the show. If the show is to end this season, end it with all of the original cast members to be in season seven.


Army wives will survive and still thrive without Claudia joy recast her if you have to but please we need Denise and Roxy! Pamela too if possible. I just love it and Claudia Joy does not make the show its all of them who do! As long as the writers keep the quality and most cast members it will still be a great show. Life changes but we move on and love the new people we meet who inspire us. I will watch regardless but please keep Denise and Roxy they are very strong characters and in season 6 I really didn't miss Claudia joy. I apologize to those who loved her but sometimes change is good. Michael needs someone less needy. The character like I said can be recast with someone equally talented and loved.


Roxy is my favorite if you can't bring back Claudia Joy bring back Pamula. I found Claudia joy to be a bit needy. I love the dynamics of Cathrine Bells character with her husband they don't get enough credit. Trevor and Roxy are great too! I love them all and love the show can't wait to see it again. I find it true to life great writing and great cast! Touches on all elements! Keep up the great show I'm totally hooked!

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Army Wives Quotes

Give me everything you've got, baby doll, or you're gonna be looking at me from the floor.


Michael Holden: Claudia Joy Holden, after 17 years of marriage my heart still skips a beat every time I look at you.
Claudia Joy Holden: Michael James Holden, after 17 years of marriage I can't believe that tired old line of yours still works.

Army Wives Music

  Song Artist
Tangled up Tangled Up Gareth Dunlop iTunes
Song Pulling on a Line The Great Lake Swimmers iTunes
Bright morning stars Bright Morning Stars Abigail Washburn iTunes