UPDATE: Just hours after a judge rejected Julianna Margulies attempt to have her former managers’ commissions lawsuit against her dismissed, the actress’ lawyer say they “remain confident” that D/F Management’s “claims will be shown to be meritless.” Read the full statement from Sheldon Eisenberg of Drinker Biddle & Reath here:
“We are disappointed that the Court believed issues of fact prevented it from dismissing the case at this point when the case is a dispute between New York residents and when New York law would clearly not permit it to go forward. In any event, none of our defenses, including the statute of frauds, have been eliminated from the case and we remain confident that D/F’s claims will be shown to be meritless.”
PREVIOUSLY: Looks like Julianna Margulies won’t just be spending time in courtrooms on The Good Wife. A judge today rejected the actress’ attempt to dismiss a lawsuit launched last July by her former managers D/F Management seeking more than $420,000 in unpaid commission. That means the case will go to a jury trial on October 9 as scheduled. That is something The Good Wife star, who counterclaimed last fall, was trying to avoid in seeking a summary judgment Tuesday in LA Superior Court. Part of Margulies’ counterclaim was that the early 2009 agreement with her former ICM agent Steve Dontanville and talent manager Frank Frattaroli at D/F was never in writing. Margulies ended her relationship with D/F Management in late April 2011, about 20 months after debuting on the CBS drama. Citing New York law, Margulies’ attorneys argued before Judge Ernest Hiroshige this morning that the oral management agreement needed to be in writing to be enforceable, and because it wasn’t the actress doesn’t owe D/F anything. Hiroshige saw it differently. “If it is true that the custom and practice in the entertainment business is to pay continuing commissions to a talent manager after termination of the management agreement then California, as the epicenter of the entertainment industry, may have the stronger interest in having its statute of frauds applied,” wrote Hiroshige in his tentative order earlier today. After hearing arguments from both sides, he made a final order to dismiss the motion for summary judgement. Read More »
The Good Wife scene stealer Zach Grenier, who plays cutthroat divorce attorney and equity partner David Lee, has been promoted to a regular for the CBS legal drama’s upcoming fifth season. He is with Stone Manners … Read More »
In an arrangement that reflects the changing off-network options for serialized dramas, CBS’ The Good Wife has been sold in a complex multi-window deal that involves two streaming partners, Amazon and Hulu; a basic cable network, Hallmark Channel; and broadcast syndication, for what I hear is a combined license fee of nearly $2 million per episode. “This is an off-network model for a unique serialized show in today’s television ecosystem,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corp.
Under the deal, the first three seasons of The Good Wife will become available on Amazon Prime tomorrow, with the current Season 4 coming later this year. Hulu Plus will roll out previous seasons of the show in September 2013, while Hallmark Channel will begin airing The Good Wife in January 2014. A weekend broadcast syndication run is scheduled to begin in September 2014, with the series sold in 85% of the country, including the CBS O&Os, in a barter deal. Read More »
CBS has announced the finale dates for its current series. The Good Wife will keep the tradition of bowing out early, closing its second season April 28. Veteran Criminal Minds will pull down the curtain for the network on the final day of the season, May 22. Here is the full list: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Good news for The Good Wife fans, bad news for the Florricks. Go On star Matthew Perry will reprise his guest role on the praised CBS legal drama in an episode to air in early 2013. Perry will return as Mike Kresteva, a slick Chicago attorney who clashed with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) during a blue-ribbon panel investigation into a police shooting. Kresteva later announced that he would run against Alicia’s husband, Peter (Chris Noth), for the governorship and has taken out a series of attack ads against him. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The Good Wife co-star Archie Panjabi has signed with Gersh. The Emmy-winning British actress did not have U.S. representation. Panjabi’s role as investigator Kalinda Sharma on the CBS drama has earned her three Emmy nominations and … Read More »
Kristin Chenoweth’s recurring role on The Good Wife has been put on hold because of a head injury the actress sustained while filming the CBS legal drama. Chenoweth was struck by a piece of lighting equipment during an … Read More »
Julianna Margulies’ former management company sued The Good Wife actress today over fees it says she owes in commissions. D/F Management claims Margulies owes them $420,000. As outlined in the complaint (read it here) filed today in LA Superior Court, the money comes from fees D/F say are owed from her Emmy-winning gig on the CBS show as well as a spokesperson contract with L’Oreal. The management company, who based its sum on a 10% commission fee, also wants the court to ensure that Margulies continues to pay them from all fees and contingent compensation from the show and the cosmetics contract in the future.
D/F signed the former ER star in February 2009. The Good Wife, in which Margulies plays lead character Alicia Florrick, debuted September 22, 2009. Margulies ended her relationship with D/F Management in late April 2011. In the filing, D/F, which was founded by Margulies’ former ICM agent Steve Dontanville and talent manager Frank Frattaroli, provide edited emails about how pleased the actress says she was with the way they handled her career. The suit also contains quotes from Margulies about wanting to cut costs. Read More »
The Good Wife has added Nathan Lane in a recurring role for the CBS drama’s upcoming fourth … Read More »
It’s the second high-profile casting announcement this week for the CBS drama series The Good Wife, which Monday said that Maura Tierney … Read More »
Maura Tierney is reuniting with fellow ER alumna Julianna Margulies, joining the cast of Margulies’ praised CBS drama The Good Wife in a recurring role. On the legal drama set in the Windy City, Tierney will … Read More »
Michael Ausiello is editor in chief of TVLine.
It would be tough for Josh Charles to top last year — when he earned the first Emmy nomination of his career for his work as Will Gardner on CBS’ The Good Wife. However, given the weight of his Season 3 story arc — not only did his attorney character enter into (and almost as quickly exit) a romantic relationship with Julianna Margulies‘ Alicia, but he was suspended from practicing law and was forced to revisit his past as a gambling addict — the Sports Night alum looks poised to do just that. This time, however, he’s not just likely to get a supporting actor nomination, he could very well walk home with the prize.
AWARDSLINE: Was there any aspect of your storyline that you found particularly satisfying to play?
JOSH CHARLES: It was really fascinating to see [Will] have to face the consequences, professionally and personally, for the actions that he’s taken or not taken in his life. At the core, this guy’s a gambler — literally and figuratively. He has an addictive personality, and that backstory felt very authentic to what we’ve seen already from Will. He likes to take risks, loves to live on the edge, and loves to cut corners — morally and unethically. He consistently walks a tightrope, and is happy to do so, because he likes the adrenaline of that. Read More »