Lifetime’s new series Army
Wives, which airs Sundays at 10pm, is breaking all kinds of records
for the cable network, with more than 3 million viewers tuning in for the the
third episode, including me.
Why? Well, why not? The show’s all about women. Yes, their lives revolve somewhat around their relationships with men, but the
men are usually not there. And unlike The Unit‘s much more
sexist take on the life of an army wife, the gender roles are a little more
equal here (although it still some problematic storylines, like Pamela giving
up her job as a policewoman just because her husband wanted her to).
Army Wives also has a great cast, including veteran actress Kim
Delaney as Claudia Joy, the de-facto leader of the group, and JAG‘s
Catherine Bell as a mother whose teenage son has an anger management
problem that he takes out on his mother. Sally Pressman is
great as newbie Roxy, who doesn’t know any of the rules of Army Life but knows
how to defend herself in a fight. Brigid Brannagh and Sterling
K. Brown round out the group as Pamela the former cop and Roland the
psychiatrist, whose wife Joan (Wendy Davis) is a Lt. Col. with 400 men in her command, and some serious post-traumatic stress issues after
returning from Iraq.
Here are some of the character snapshots from the official websites:
But as much as I enjoy the show as it is, I can’t help wondering if you couldn’t
alter the premise a little, take a slightly different look at what really goes
on when the husbands are away, and have another kind of hit show on your hands. Call it Closeted Army Wives:
This last one can just stay the same…
Who’s with me??