LifetimeLifetime has axed its longest-running drama Army Wives, starring Catherine Bell and Wendy Davis, after seven seasons.

Lifetime announced its decision to cancel the drama last night meaning that June’s season seven finale now serves as a series finale. However, the cable broadcaster has ordered a two-hour retrospective special that will feature the show’s cast and will air next year.

“There is no denying how special Army Wives has been to both Lifetime and the television landscape. By taking on a very relevant and timely issue, it has brilliantly captured the challenges our military families endure and the bravery they and their loved ones display while serving our country. We also want to thank Army Wives’ passionate legion of fans and everyone involved with the series: ABC Studios, Mark Gordon and Jeff Melvoin, Tanya Biank, every single cast member, as well as the crew and community of Charleston, South Carolina.” Rob Sharenow,  Lifetime

Army Wives launched in 2007 and stands as Lifetime’s longest running drama. In 2009 a spin-off series was put in development but ultimately the broadcaster decided against picking up the project. Fans of the cancelled drama will be hoping it may get a second chance ala fellow Lifetime drama Drop Dead Diva which was axed but resurrected several weeks later.

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