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Army Wives fans will be happy to know that the series will be back for a seventh season, but rumor has it, it could return without one of its lead characters. Word is that Kim Delaney may be leaving the drama. Delaney has been with the series since its debut on Lifetime back in 2007.
Army Wives follows a group of women who are married to men serving in the Army (or in Joan's case, serving in the Army herself). The drama focuses on their friendship, the struggles they have adjusting to base life and their shared experiences. The series just wrapped up its sixth season earlier this month and according to Deadline, it will be back for Season 7, but the site is reporting it will "likely be without original cast member Kim Delaney". There's been no official word from Lifetime on the matter, but it sounds like an announcement will be made "closer to the start of production," and that date hasn't been set yet.
Delaney isn't the only one who might not return. Deadline reports that the original cast's contracts expired at the end of the recent sixth season. Catherine Belle has a new two-year deal with ABC, but the rest of the cast haven't signed new agreements to return just yet. Newcomer Kelli Williams, who joined the show in Season 6, is signed on for Season 7.
I'll admit, I'm more than a few seasons behind on Army Wives, but it's hard to imagine the show without Claudia Joy or some of the other lead characters. With that said, with the series moving into its seventh season, one or two new characters could serve to freshen up the story.