‘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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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 »
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 »
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.