Lifetime has given a 10-episode extension to a hit drama series, reports Deadline.com. The series is the channel’s flagship drama "Army Wives," which is currently shooting its sixth season — slated for 13 episodes.
The plan is to pile up episodes and enable the show to stay in continuous production, the story reports. The stockpiling is seen as an insurance policy for the network since two new drama series, "The Protector" and "Against the Wall," failed to catch fire in their first runs.
Lifetime is not calling the new episode order a seventh season, which means the network can keep the actors under contract without having to renegotiate salaries.
The move may be legit — essentially making season six 23 episodes long — but it’s not considered good form, the story notes.