Season Premiere

Thursday 19 June, 8.30pm

Life as an army spouse is never dull, especially for the four women and one man who are at the centre of this dramatic new TV2 series Army Wives, from Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Mark Gordon. Together they face all kinds of challenges from trying to fit in, staying connected with their solider spouses, to abiding by strict military traditions. They also form an unlikely alliance as they help one another through the unthinkable, and protect each other’s darkest secrets.

There’s Claudia Joy Holden (Kim Delaney, NPYD Blue), the strong and respected wife of a Colonel; Denise Sherwood (Catherine Bell, JAG) a devoted homemaker with a shocking secret; Pamela Moran (Brigid Brannagh, True Colors) a former cop, now earning money as a surrogate; Roxy LeBlanc (Sally Pressman) a feisty woman from the wrong side of the tracks who is new to army life; and Roland Burton (Sterling K Brown, Starved) who is trying to cope with his wife’s post-traumatic stress syndrome after her return from the war.
They may come from different places, but these characters create unbreakable bonds and know one thing is for sure – the army may have its code, but the wives definitely have their own.

Kim Delaney says the opportunity to work on Army Wives was too good to pass up: “I learned about the project from [producers] Mark Gordon and Deb Spera, and they gave me the book by Tanya Biank, Under the Sabres: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives. I loved it, and then I met with the writer/creator Katherine Fugate and it went on and on from there.”

Although Claudia Joy is different type of character from her role as the hard nosed cop Diane Russell on NYPD Blue, she says her character is just as challenging. While preparing for the role the first thing she did was read the insightful Tanya Biank book, talk with the author and with other army wives.

“We also have a technical advisor who’s on the set all the time. And then there is always someone at the airport sitting next to me, a military wife or someone in the service, or even at the coffee shop – you run into people everywhere who have stories and like to share them.”

Delaney says talking with real-life army wives made her realise how appreciative they are to have their side of the story shown. “They are kind of the unsung heroes. They love that their spouses get the attention that they do deserve, but they are also really grateful that we are showing their side too. They do a lot, and sometimes they go unnoticed.”

Don’t miss the two-hour season premiere of Army Wives – tonight at 8.30pm on TV2.

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