Dee Johnson takes ‘Army’ leave

Thiel replaces exec producer on Lifetime drama

Lifetime’s hit drama “Army Wives” has been hit with yet another change of command, as exec producer-showrunner Dee Johnson has left the show.

As part of the changeover, Nick Thiel (“Burn Notice”) has joined the show and been handed executive producer stripes.

“Army Wives” creator Katherine Fugate, considered the voice of “Army Wives,” remains as an exec producer, along with Mark Gordon.

Production has just begun on season two of “Army Wives,” which scored an 18-episode salute after posting Lifetime’s best-ever series ratings in the key adults 18-49 demo last summer.

Lifetime and producer ABC Studios wouldn’t comment on reasons behind Johnson’s departure, which was first reported by TV Guide, but the old “creative differences” explanation made the rounds.

Johnson reps the third chief of staff to depart “Army Wives.” Johnson joined as showrunner in August, replacing Melvoin. Melvoin had replaced original showrunner-exec producer Samantha Corbin-Miller last March.

Thiel’s credits also include “LAX” and feature “The Associate.”

“Army Wives” revolves around military spouses on an Army base struggling to make ends meet while their husbands and wives face danger elsewhere.

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