At its upfront presentation earlier this week, Lifetime announced an aggressive slate of 2011-2012 programming, which includes two new scripted dramas and the pickup of 11 unscripted programs. The cable network also announced plans for 24 new Lifetime original movies.
But we can only focus on a couple pieces of the upfronts announcement.
Of particular interest:
*The hit drama "Army Wives" has been renewed for a 13-episode sixth season. The series has averaged 3.7 million viewers in its fifth season and is cable's top drama among women 18-49.
*The ninth season of "Project Runway" will premiere at a year-to-be-announced point this summer, but Lifetime has already ordered an eight episode run of "All Stars," featuring memorable past contestants.
*Upcoming original films (mostly announced previously) including Poppy Montgomery starring in July's "Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story," John Corbett and Sara Canning in "The Hunt for the I-5 Killer" and the yet-to-be-cast "Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story," about the romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.