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Lifetime renews 'Army Wives' and 'Drop Dead Diva'

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Lifetime announced that it picked up a fifth season of Army Wives and a third of Drop Dead Diva to premiere in 2011. Each season runs for 13 episodes. “Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva have lead Lifetime’s charge in scripted programming and are key components to our success,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks, in a statement. “We are so happy with these two special programs and are excited to pick them up for new seasons, which allows us to launch our next generation of scripted series.”

Lifetime says Wives is its most successful series in the network’s 26-year history. The drama’s fourth season averaged 3.2 million total viewers, and the season 4 finale on Aug. 22 was the program’s most watched episode of the year across all demographics, including viewers, adults 25-54, and women 18-49.

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