I’ll admit it: I like “Army Wives”

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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??

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