Desperate Army Wives

Take a proven prime-time TV recipe that calls for a cast of married hotties and MILFs, plenty of domestic squabbling, covert midafternoon assignations, trashy lingerie, extramarital affairs, lots of cleavage, and a semi-satiric tone – and move it from Wisteria Lane to a U.S. Army base. What have you got? Apparently, Army Wives, a new television series that’s going to be filmed in Charleston.

In the latest announcement in what’s been a year full of uncommonly good news for the S.C. film industry, the state can now officially claim its own TV series, at least for the time being. (Let’s all just pretend that 2005’s Palmetto Pointe disaster never happened, shall we?) In September, a crew with Touchstone Pictures, a division of Walt Disney Co. shot a pilot for the ensemble drama series at various locations around Charleston – including Hibernian Hall on Meeting Street. Word from the S.C. Film Office is that the pilot’s been picked up by the Lifetime Channel, which has ordered 12 episodes for a March 2007 air date.

The creative team on Army Wives is the same one behind current TV phenoms Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds (which also features Chucktown homie Thomas Gibson). The show, which stars Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue) and Catherine Bell (Jag), revolves around “a sassy young woman from the wrong side of the tracks” (don’t look at us, we didn’t write it) “who marries a soldier and moves her kids onto an Army base, where she befriends a diverse group of Army wives.” Touchstone will begin pre-production prep for the show in January, with shooting starting in late February and continuing through May, with possible post-production work wrapping up in June.

Meanwhile, of course, George Clooney will be gallivanting about the Upstate at the beginning of the year, where’s he’s starring in and directing Leatherheads, about the beginnings of the pro football league in the 1920s. Will People Magazine‘s twice-over Sexiest Man Alive hotfoot it to the Lowcountry during shooting? It may depend on how long Army Wives takes to introduce a dominatrix into the storyline. Keep your fingers crossed, ladies. –Patrick Sharbaugh