“We’ve historically done a good job appealing to women, but we’re hoping this new series will get men to tune in as well,” said Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s Executive Vice President of Programming.
Like its predecessor, Army Husbands will be set at Ft. Marshall, a fictional Army post in North Charleston, SC. The show will follow the lives of four civilian men married to military servicemembers.
Reggie, a 19-year-old commissary employee, abandoned his dreams of playing college basketball to move across the country with his new wife, a Private First Class. Reggie’s inability to ever remember to log out of his Gmail account puts his marriage at risk.
Kyle, a 22-year-old commissary employee, juggles the demands of marriage and trying to make it big with his shitty garage band. In the pilot episode, Kyle forgets to clear his Internet history, putting his marriage at risk.
Tom, a 21-year-old commissary employee, is married to a female Infantryperson. Bored at home, he spends all her money on muscle cars and Tapout T-shirts. Whenever his wife is sent downrange, Tom puts his marriage at risk by going to bars and sleeping with wives of deployed soldiers.
And finally Jared, a 32-year-old commissary employee and stay-at-home dad, feels unappreciated as he raises his preschool-age twins during the day and works stocking shelves at night. Jared’s marriage is put to the test when his wife wakes up and catches him on the other side of the bed having sex with another woman.
Military husbands are excited about the new show.
“You know, I was concerned that the show would portray us as being somehow, oh I don’t know, less-than-manly eunuch types with wives in the military,” said Kevin Hardeman, a longtime military husband from Ft. Bragg who works in the deli department. “Fortunately, the show stayed away from negative stereotypes.”
Army Husbands airs Sunday nights in the 9:00 PM time slot, between Midwestern Woman with a Dark Secret and Vagina Central.