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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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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Wins, ‘LUX’ Exits

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, … 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 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 … Read More »

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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, … Read More »

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