The third season of "Army Wives" has yet to air, but Lifetime has already determined it's ready for a fourth season.

On Tuesday (Feb. 24), the cable network renewed "Army Wives" for an 18-episode fourth season to premiere in 2010. The third season of "Army Wives" will launch in June 2009.

"Army Wives" will return to the Sunday night 10 p.m. ET timeslot where it has become ad-supported cable's most-watched original drama among women 18-49.

In all, Lifetime boasts that more than 80 million viewers saw part of the second season of "Army Wives." The drama's second season finale in November was Lifetime's highest-rated and most watched original drama telecast ever among Adults 18-34.

"This early pick-up -- even prior to the Season 3 premiere -- is a true testament to our commitment and support of this great show," says JoAnn Alfano, executive vice president, Lifetime Networks in a statement. "With Jeff Melvoin taking the reins as the Executive Producer of Season 3, we are confident that the best episodes are yet to come when the series returns this summer."

"Army Wives" continues to follow the lives of a group of women (and one man) living on an active army post. Production on the show's third season is ongoing in Charleston, South Carolina with stars Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Terry Serpico, Katelyn Pippy and Catherine Bell.

 

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