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Lifetime orders more ‘Wives,’ ‘Diva’

CW renews 'Hellcats' and 'One Tree Hill'

Lifetime has given series renewals to its two top scripted series, “Army Wives” and “Drop Dead Diva.”

Also on Thursday, the CW ordered six additional scripts of newbie “Hellcats” and vet “One Tree Hill” (which had been given only a 13-episode renewal for this season).

At Lifetime, the orders keep “Army Wives” on the air for a fifth season, while “Diva” will be back for its third.

Both shows, which received 13-episode pickups, will return to the sked some time next year.

” ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Drop Dead Diva’ have led Lifetime’s charge in scripted programming and are key components to our success,” said Nancy Dubuc, prexy and g.m. of Lifetime Networks and History.

“Army Wives” continues even as plans to launch a spinoff series were scrapped. The show, which Lifetime touts as the most successful in its 26-year history, averaged 3.2 million viewers for season four, which ended on Aug. 22.ABC Studios is behind “Army Wives,” which comes from exec producers Mark Gordon, Deborah Spera, Jeff Melvoin, Marshall Persinger and Harry Bring.

Kim Delaney and Sally Pressman are among the stars.

As for “Diva,” show, from Sony Pictures TV, comes from exec producers Josh Berman, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Alex Taub. Brooke Elliott stars.

Lifetime will use the two returning shows to help launch a fresh crop of scripted fare; the cabler has three pilots in the works.

As for the CW, the news isn’t quite a back nine, but the script orders are a good sign that full season orders are on the way.

In ordering those scripts the C-Dub notes that “Hellcats” managed to hold up well on Wednesday night against tough competish, remaining flat week-to-week in the netlet’s target women 18-34 demo.

“Hellcats” is also retaining a solid 86% of “America’s Next Top Model.”

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