Is Catherine Bell Leaving Army Wives?

The actress tells us whether or not Frank and Denise will reconcile in Sunday's new episode of Lifetime's military melodrama

By Jennifer Godwin Jul 09, 2009 7:50 PMTags
Army Wives, Catherine Bell, Terry SerpicoJim Bridges/Lifetime Television

Oh noes!

Are Denise (Catherine Bell) and Frank Sherwood (Terry Serpico)—our favorite couple on Lifetime's military melodrama Army Wives—really, truly over? Now that the divorce papers are signed and Denise has found a new gig in stupid Colorado, fans are asking, "Are Denise and Frank done? Are the Sherwoods leaving the show?"

Well, we just chatted exclusively with Ms. Catherine Bell herself, and she gave us the scoop on her future with the series and what's really in store for Frank and Denise!

You can rest easy if you're worried that this is the end of the road for Bell on Army Wives. Catherine says, "I'll tell you this. I'm still in South Carolina, and I was filming the show this morning." Yay!

As for the Frank and Denise situation, their divorce paperwork is done, but their relationship is moving forward, starting this Sunday at the ecumenical christening of Roland and Joan's baby. As Catherine tells us, "Frank and Denise struggle for a while. It's not over. There are some really, really wonderful scenes coming—there's going to be some more communication about this."

Dare we hope that communication might include Denise finally standing up for herself and demanding some respect? (Can you believe she moved out of her own house and left that guy a warm plate for dinner?)

Well, according to Catherine, "There's some really cool stuff coming up where you see a different side of him and their relationship. There's some positive stuff. He's a big teddy bear, and Frank adores Denise. He's going to change a bit this season. You're going to see a different side of him, that's very exciting." Did you hear that? She said there would be "positive stuff" for Frank and Denise. Whoo-hoo!

And what's next for the couple? When and if they work out their marital problems? Is this newly empowered, untethered Denise moving into a more career-oriented phase of her life, away from being a wife and mother? Well, according to Catherine, "My husband and I—Catherine, not Denise—we're talking about the possibility of having another child, and if I got pregnant, I don't know. Would they write it in? I don't know. That would be kind of cool. Pregnant Denise. Next season!" Yes, please.

Last but not least, for all the Frank haters out there, let the record show that Catherine thinks the character is "misunderstood" (we agree), and as for the actor who plays him, Terry Serpico, Catherine wants you all to know, "Terry is the nicest guy on the planet. Terry is a sweetheart. He is one of the most gracious, kind, wonderful, loving people. Every time he walks into the trailer we all light up."

Army Wives airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.

Now, who's your favorite Army Wives couple, how do you like this season so far and what do you want to see happen in Frank and Denise's future? Post in the comments!