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By | Sunday March 30, 2014 @ 5:37pm PDT

The Art of War‘The Good Wife’ Bombshell: Story Behind The Shocking Exit, Showrunners Speak
By Nellie Andreeva
The Good Wife creators/showrunners Michelle and Robert King, discuss a major character’s exit, its impact on the show and what lies ahead.

CNN’s Piers Morgan Signs Off With Final Blast At U.S. Gun Laws (Video)
By Lisa de Moraes
Piers Morgan wrapped his three-year CNN run on Friday night with (gasp!) a full hour of discussion about the missing plane. But in his four-minute final remarks, he couldn’t resist taking a parting shot at the NRA. 
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EMMYS: ‘Good Wife’s Michelle-Robert King

By | Thursday June 23, 2011 @ 2:59am PDT

Deadline TV contributor Diane Haithman files this report:

Michelle and Robert King regret only one thing about their critically acclaimed network political drama: the title. “I don’t think guys are saying: ‘I have to get home and watch The Good Wife,’” jokes Robert. “We could have done better for ourselves if it was called The Sexy Wife or The Wife in Very Sheer Lingerie. Problem is, the show is meant to be edgy in a cable-like way, and there is something very patrician-sounding about the title.” Whatever its name, the married creators and executive producers of this CBS series say they were shocked when 2010 Emmy nominations were announced and the freshman season reeled in nine Emmy nominations: for the series, for them as writers, for star Julianna Margulies, and for supporting actress Archie Panjabi who alone took home the gold for her edgy and sexy portrayal of secretive law firm investigator Kalinda Sharma.

“Look, the bottom line last year was, we weren’t expecting anything — and we’re not expecting anything this year,” says Robert. “We were just stunned by the love directed towards the show. You can be a little insular when you are doing a series — you get no sense of whether you are hitting your creative bullseye. What Emmy means to us is that it will probably bring more eyeballs. There may be people who are still turned off by the title, but I think it’s a show they might be drawn to if they saw it won an award.”

CBS Television Studios, which produces the serial, found that the problematic word for attracting audiences was not the word “Good” in  the title but “Wife.” Says President David Stapf, “As a guy, I love this show. But I do wonder if the title does chase some men away?” Though at this point after its second season, the episode plots have gone far beyond the original topical premise: the story of a “good wife” who stands by a philandering political husband. Or does she? Read More »

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Nellie Andreeva

The quiet before the storm. Not a whole lot happened last night ratings-wise as the networks are focusing on tonight’s return of Fox’s American Idol. CBS (3.2/9 in 18-49, 16.5 million) was once again the top network for the night, though it slipped a bit from last week’s big numbers. NCIS (4.1/11, 21 million) was down 9% in the demo, NCIS: LA (3.3/9, 17.3 million) was down 11%, and The Good Wife (2.1/6) was down 9% to tie its season low in 18-49. CBS won every hour in primetime in both total viewers and 18-49 (At 10 PM, The Good Wife was tied with NBC’s Parenthood in the demo.) With Parenthood (2.1/6, 5.6 million), and a two-hour Biggest Loser (2.9/8, 8.2 million), NBC finished second for the night with a 2.6/7 in 18-49 and 7.3 million. ABC rebounded from last Tuesday’s across-the-board series lows. No Ordinary Family (1.8/5) at 8 PM was up 20%, while V (2.0/5) at 9 PM climbed a tenth. AT 10 PM, the ABC News special The Congresswoman & The Astronaut (who comes up with those titles?!), about recovering Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband (1.3/4, 6.2 million), didn’t do much at 10 PM, up two tenths from the series low Detroit 1-8-7 posted in the hour last week. ABC finished tied with Fox for third place in 18-49 (1.7/5). Speaking of Fox, following a Glee repeat (1.4/4), game show Million Dollar Money Drop (1.9/5) … Read More »

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TCA: Julianna Margulies Is Grateful To Star In a Cable Show On a Broadcast Network

From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage:

Julianna Margulies told a roomful of TV critics at TCA in Pasadena this morning that she continues to feel like she’s hit the jackpot with her CBS drama The Good Wife, presently navigating through its second season as the rare broadcast hour that’s compared favorably with the cable guys in terms of critical success. It’s the only non-cable drama to land a Golden Globes nod for series, and Margulies exulted, “I was looking to do a cable show and landed on a network instead. But the fact is I got my cable show. It just happens to be on CBS. “What I’m most proud of is being part of a team that’s taken a network drama and truly made it its own. Nina Tassler and Les Moonves don’t tell us we have to be this kind of show or that kind of show. In the beginning they just saw us as a procedural, but we’ve never really been that. It’s got a procedural backdrop. But I’m incredibly proud of the fact that this show is allowing other network shows at 10 to be more daring and different and take more chances on substantial material.”

Added co-creator and co-showrunner Robert King: “CBS Studios pushes us to make the show more chancey and meatier, not less.” And is there anything that CBS won’t let him do? “We can pretty much do it all,” … Read More »

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Michael J. Fox To Guest Star On ‘Good Wife’

Nellie Andreeva

It’s great to see Michael J. Fox back on TV. The former Spin City and Family Ties star has signed on to guest star on CBS’ legal drama The Good Wife next season. He will play Simon Canning, a shrewd and cynical litigator whom Alicia (Julianna Margulies) faces in a massive class action.  Canning is willing to use anything in court, including symptoms of his neurological condition, to create sympathy for his otherwise unsympathetic client: a giant pharmaceutical company.

Fox, who has Parkinson’s rarely does acting gigs. In the past 5 years, he has only done 2: arcs on Boston Legal and Rescue Me. Both earned him Emmy noms, and he won for Rescue Me last year. I bet he will get another nom for Good Wife next year.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Ratings Drop Across The Board Tuesday With ABC Hardest Hit

Nellie Andreeva

Ratings were in downfall last night, and nowhere was this more evident than with ABC’s new reality series Downfall (1.4/4), which  was down 26% from its soft premiere last week and lost almost half of its Wipeout lead-in. Wipeout (2.6/9) was also down, 16%, from its season premiere last week, as was ABC News Primetime: MindGames (1.0/3) at 10PM, down 23% from its last week’s debut last. Also slipping week-to-week was the night’s top program, NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.8/9). The hourlong show at 9PM was down 18% from last week’s two-hour telecst for a season low. On the plus side, NBC’s new summer series Losing It With Jillian (1.3/5) was up 8% from its all-time low last week. And a repeat of the network’s Last Comic Standing (1.7/5) dominated the 10PM hour over MindGames and a repeat of CBS’ The Good Wife (1.0/3). Fox won the night in the 18-49 demo with a two-hour Hell’s Kitchen (2.7/9), which was down 7% from last week. CBS (7.9 million viewers) was No.1 in total viewers with an all-rerun lineup.

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