If, like me, you tuned in to Lifetime’s “Army Wives” Sunday for the first time in a while to catch the episode the network had been promoting as the end, you might be a little confused by how it actually concluded: With a plane carrying a good chunk of the remaining cast members that appeared to be experiencing turbulence and Gen. Michael Holden (Brian McNamara) responding to a phone call that apparently brought bad news.
So what was up (or down) with that cliffhanger?
According to a Lifetime spokeswoman, promos or not, no decision has yet been reached about a seventh season for the show, which TVSeriesFinale.com reports has recently been averaging about 3 million viewers per episode. (Zap2it.com reports that Sunday’s show averaged just under 3.3 million.)
The stars of “Army Wives” include Roxborough’s Kim Delaney — whose character, Claudia Joy Holden, wasn't in the episode — Wendy Davis (whose character was on that plane) and Catherine Bell, who, as TVSeriesFinale.com noted, was on Twitter earlier this week suggesting that the cliffhanger was “kind of a good sign” for the show. (Apparently, an alternate ending was also filmed.)
I’m not a believer in keeping shows on forever — someday, my great-grandchildren will grapple with the loss of “The Simpsons,” and I’m OK with that — but when a series that’s done everything it could to bond with its audience over the years leaves that audience hanging, it can’t help but feel like a slap in the face to the people who’ve come to love those characters.
The result: A reluctance to commit the next time.
Here’s hoping Lifetime figures out a way to bring this one in for a safer landing than some of us saw Sunday.