'Army Wives' Confirms Kim Delaney's Exit, Plots a Major Character's Death

'Army Wives' Confirms Kim Delaney's Exit, Plots a Major Character's Death

Since Delaney won't return to the Lifetime series, her character Claudia Joy Holden will be killed off in the season 7 premiere.

Speculation about Kim Delaney's departure from "Army Wives" is true after all. Executive producer Jeff Melvoin has confirmed that the actress, who joined the show in its first season, will not return to the upcoming seventh season.

To accommodate to Delaney's exit, the writers have planned a shocking storyline. The show will kill off her character Claudia Joy Holden early in the next installment. "The first two [episodes] will be very emotional, and it will confirm that Claudia Joy is no longer among the living," Melvoin tells TVLine, before teasing, "Who survives the cliffhanger and who doesn't is going to provide a lot of the juice of the first two hours."

He further dishes, "It's been very wrenching for us to write, and I think it will be very wrenching for the audience to go through." On the show's future without Delaney, he gushes, "Kim and Claudia Joy have been the rock upon which we based the show. But we [have to] continue to move forward and keep the show fresh and unpredictable."

Meanwhile, Sally Pressman who is currently pregnant will return, but not as a series regular. "Sally, just like Kim, has been a huge part of the show's success," Melvoin shares, revealing that Pressman's character Roxy may have a short screen time in the first few episodes.

Catherine Bell (Denise), Wendy Davis (Joan), Alyssa Diaz (Gloria), Kelli Williams (Jackie), J.J. Soria (Hector) and Terry Serpico (Frank) will all return as series regulars, and so will Brian McNamara who portrays Claudia Joy's widower, Michael.

Joining these familiar faces are three new characters. They are a "18-year-old farm girl from Illinois," an African-American mother who has three children and "runs the kind of house that kids and adults want to hang out in," and a gorgeous, but bad girl named Maggie who is a member of the Airborne Division and is on her second marriage.

"It's the first time where we've done a blended marriage. Her second husband, who is a soldier, has a 14-year-old daughter who resents Maggie," Melvoin details the last mentioned character. "And she's got an 11-year-old son who's trying to fit in."

Speaking of the show's direction in general, he explains, "We're trying to return to the show's roots. The central conceit of the show is friendship that transcends rank [featuring] women from different walks of life and with very different outlooks. But it's not going to be like you just flip the page and suddenly you're looking at a different show... It's the same show with some fresh new colors."

"Army Wives" season 7 is slated to premiere in mid-2013.

© AceShowbiz.com

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    B Roose
    Sep 05, 2014

    I spent an entire day crying the first two episodes of season 7. you took pamela, then roxy, and then claudia joy? wtf was left? They made the show what it was. And you thought the show could go on? Get real. This is what you get paid "The big bucks" for? Great producing. Idiots!!!

    Mar 16, 2014

    Claudia Joy has been in rehab and has alcoholic problems in real life. I don't believe she is traveling overseas, she was in rehab

    Jul 20, 2013

    Maybe the directors can say it was all a dream and bring back claudia joy please

    Apr 20, 2013

    I am sorry so many have lost interest in the show. Having served in the Army for 21 years, it is without a doubt, the first drama I have ever seen that resembles life in the military to a 'T.' Changes take place, and changes suck, but we suck it up and we drive on!

    Mar 26, 2013

    KILL off Claudia Joy?? That is just so horrible!!! First Amanda gets killed, then Jeremy, now Claudia Joy??!!! How much heartbreak must one fan suffer? And Michael Holden?? Poor guy... Claudia Joy has always been my favorite army wife,, she was the glue that held everyone together, the problem solver, the one who was always there for family/friends and anyone in need, stranger or not. I adore Claudia Joy. I really looked up to her. I don't even need to see the first 2 episodes, I'm already crying... And they never tell why Kim Delaney left? Was she fired? If yes, why? Was it problems with the director/cast/crew? Was it personal? A little more on Kim would be nice because I need closure.

    Mar 25, 2013

    Unfortunetly I will not waste my time on this show anymore.It was one of few choice shows that I watched. So long a.m. kiss my butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mar 24, 2013

    The only reason I watch Army Wives is for the 5 main characters and now they are all gone except one. Bad choice and this will no longer be a show I will watch. There are enough shows with young people. This show stood out and now it is like every other dull and boring soap opera. The writers better pray for another season as I think that will be your only hope!

    Mar 24, 2013

    I was sadden by claudia joy's departure from show..I will truly miss her The rest of the cast is great, please show more of roxy and her kids that will help show gloria I like keep her character going please...will continue to watch army wives I love show no matter what

    Mar 18, 2013

    I think its sad claudiajoy is gone bt change is good and i will keep watching no matter what!!!! #Ilovearmywives

    Mar 18, 2013

    We will miss you Claudia joy but we also understand people move on...and she just decided now was her time...show seems pretty good so far I dvr it. Give the show a chance before making any hard decisions

    Mar 17, 2013

    Show is boring. Great to shake it up. Boring is joans stupid, whipoed husband, holden daughter, katherine bell, roxi, and the lady with the bad older boy and girl. Only people worth watching is joan and the colonel and katherine bell character husband. Replace all the rest. Show is so f**king boring. Can you say snooze. Need more people of color like they plan on doing. Yeah for the shows writers. They finally get it.

    Mar 15, 2013

    I cant believe you people you took Claudia Joy off of Army Wives I will never watch this show again. You people are stupid.

    Mar 15, 2013

    they killed off the wrong character the character that should have died was Colenel sherwodds wife played by catherine bell I HATE HER

    Mar 12, 2013

    When will the people that make stupid decisions like killing off a main character is not in keeping with viewer preferences. The Sops knew this by keeping actors for decades. Adding is accepted, but subtracting an important show lead will result in the death of the show in one or two seasons. PEOPLE HATE CHANGE FOR NO REASON>....

    Mar 11, 2013

    no Claudia Joy no Army wives for me

    Mar 07, 2013

    Without kim and sally thers no show really. 1st briget and now this. Is d end for this show

    Joy Girl
    Feb 26, 2013

    I believe Kim Delaney (Claudia Joy) might be leaving for medical reasons. About year ago or more she was to speak at a function and was displaying strange behavior.

    Jan 25, 2013

    If Kim delaney is not returning, I not watching Army wives anymore

    Jan 09, 2013

    Kim Delaney(Claudia Joy) has "real life" issues she's dealing with, let her!

    Jan 05, 2013

    I agree. Claudia Joy is the rock of the show. It just wouldn't be the same without her and I do not want to watch her family go thru loosing her. You could get rid of Gloria & Hector, though.

    Dec 29, 2012

    I have never missed a show of ArmyWives but if they kill off Claudia Joy I will no longer watch ArmyWives.People don't need to change things that aren't broke.Claudia Joy is bringing in the money for you so keep her on the show!!!

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