Exclusive: 'Army Wives' Creator Relieved of Duty

Armywives_lArmy Wives‘ top lieutenant has been discharged. Sources confirm to me exclusively that the creator of Lifetime’s top-rated drama ever, Katherine Fugate, has been shown the door.

Army Wives is a fantastic tribute to the real life heroes serving in our armed forces and I’m so happy to have been a part of it,” Fugate said in a statement. “With the show such an established hit, now seems like a logical time for me to step away and focus on developing new projects.”

Rumors of behind-the-scenes tension between Fugate and the show’s corporate spouses, Lifetime and ABC Studios, have persisted pretty much since day one. As evidence, Wives has weathered three show-runner changes in its two years on the air. The most recent switch came this spring, when Dee Johnson was relieved of duty and replaced by Nick Thiel.

In its own statement, ABC Studios said, “Katherine is incredibly talented and we’re grateful for her work in creating Army Wives. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to work with her.”

What exactly does this mean for Army Wives? Probably not much. Thiel has pretty much been running the show these past few months, and I’m told he’s not going anywhere. Whispers an Army source: “Everyone is very happy with Nick.”

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  • Fey Tuscan Truffle Pig

    Thanks for the info!

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Guess we know who the real talent behind the scenes is NOT.

  • Don Jariyasunant

    Well besides writing a few episodes, I don’t think she was involved with the day to day production of the show. Plus, Thiel has a good writing staff. This is nothing new with creators being forced out or choosing to leave their shows.

  • Joan Adams

    Hmm, since I was watching this because I’m a fan of Katherine Fugate’s work, I’m not sure this will still be as good without her.

  • Lisa

    If Fugate is not to blame, who IS to blame for this show going so downhill from last year to this year?

  • DanOregon

    The show was never great to begin with and I think they’re quickly running out of ideas. It’s become a weekly Lifetime movie: My kid is on drugs, My kid hits me, blah, blah, blah. I only watch for the eye candy of Delany, Brannagh, Bell and the blonde lady. Yummy.

  • DanOregon

    The show was never great to begin with and I think they’re quickly running out of ideas. It’s become a weekly Lifetime movie: My kid is on drugs, My kid hits me, blah, blah, blah. I only watch for the eye candy of Delany, Brannagh, Bell and the blonde lady. Yummy.

  • DanOregon

    The show was never great to begin with and I think they’re quickly running out of ideas. It’s become a weekly Lifetime movie: My kid is on drugs, My kid hits me, blah, blah, blah. I only watch for the eye candy of Delany, Brannagh, Bell and the blonde lady. Yummy.

  • donner

    I’ve seen this term, but I don’t know what it means – what is a ‘show runner’?

  • Michele

    The behind the scenes drama has been clear and so has the lack of vision this season. I adored the show last year. This season it has been a mess but alas the ratings have still been good so they will keep making garbage.
    The ensemble and heart have been lacking and the stunt plots have been horrible. Suppose with studios running things it’s not surprising. I look forward to seeing where Fugate lands.

  • Irene

    I think it is a great series, heck there just showing Arm life is no different then an ordinary life is. If some people call it garbage I advise you not to watch the news, get my drift. All you here is about someone getting shot, drugs etc…

  • Mandi

    I’m not sure how long Fugate has been out of the loop, but this season has been pretty horrible so far. Since probably the second episode of season 2, the series has felt unfocused. I don’t see that improving without Fugate.

  • Anonymous

    Catherine Bell is hot!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    great show to watch, Catherine Bell is gorgeous!!!!!

  • Mike

    I have to add to the second season disappointment. And as someone pointed out, it was never a GREAT show, but it was entertaining with moments reaching beyond that. This season has been sort of blah and I’ve found myself missing episodes and not really caring. I’m wondering if it has anything to do with the wives not interacting as much as a group – which was really prevalent the first season. This year, they all occasionally get together, but it’s really just a couple of characters touching base with each other each episode while they all have their own separate stories (kind of like the mistake Desperate Housewives made the second year).

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