Julianna Margulies’ Ex-Managers ‘Good Wife’ Commissions Claims “Meritless” Says Lawyers

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT

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 »

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Zach Grenier Upped To Regular On ‘Good Wife’, Patrick Fischler & Stephen Monroe Taylor Join ‘Lost Angels’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 3:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Good Wife’ Finale Dips, ‘Revenge’ Up, ‘Red Widow’ Hits Low, CBS & Fox Tie To Top Demo

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT

It was the fourth night of the May sweep last night, and it also was the end of the fourth season of The Good Wife (1.6/4) on CBS. Full of the corruption, cynicism and plot twists that have marked the legal drama’s latest season, plus a new Governor, the 9 PM finale was up 7% from last week but dipped 6% from the 1.7 of last year’s April 29 season finale. With 9.01 million watching, last night’s Good Wife was also down from the 9.97 million who tuned in for its Season 3 finale. CBS began the night at 7 PM with 60 Minutes (1.5/5), which was the most-watched show of the night with 11.59 million viewers but down 21% from its April 21 show. The Amazing Race (2.3/6) also was down but just 4% from last week. Airing at 10 PM, The Mentalist (1.5/4) wrapped up the night, slipping 6% from its April 21 airing. With 9.60 million watching, CBS won Sunday in viewership and tied with Fox to top the night among adults 18-49 with a 1.7. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Mentalist’ & ABC’s Hallmark Movie Up, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Cleveland Show’, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ & ‘American Dad’ Down

There were no sports and no award shows on primetime TV last night, but there was a lot of action. CBS, for instance, had a full lineup of originals on Sunday. As usual 60 Minutes (1.9/4) started the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ & ‘Red Widow’ Hit Lows, ‘Revenge’ Down; CBS Wins Night

By | Monday April 1, 2013 @ 8:56am PDT

As The Bible miniseries ended, The Walking Dead wrapped its latest season and Game Of Thrones began Season 3 on cable last night, it was all reality on NBC on Sunday. There was a new All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (1.4/4) at 10 PM. Former winner and CNN host Piers Morgan dropped by, and as always on the Donald Trump-hosted series someone was fired — April Fools, we’re not going to tell you who. However, we can say that Celebrity Apprentice was down 13% from last week’s show, a season low. Hoping to grab a few more ratings from the big numbers it did last week, the network kicked off the night replaying the March 25 two-hour season premiere of The Voice at 7 PM (1.1/3) and the March 26 one-hour show at 9 PM (1.5/3).

ABC had originals of Revenge (1.5/3) and Red Widow (1.0/3); both dramas were down 17% from last week’s shows, with freshman Red Widow tying a series low. The network celebrated Easter with a broadcast of It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (0.6/2) special, down 57% from its April 1 broadcast last year. That was followed by an encore of Once Upon A Time (0.6/1) that aired at 8 PM. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Red Widow’ & ‘Once’ Hit Lows, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Even, ‘Cleveland Show’ Down, ‘Mentalist’ Dips

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT

Three weeks into its latest season, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (1.8/5) had a guest appearance by last season’s winner Arsenio Hall last night. For the second week in a row, fast national ratings have the two-hour Donald Trump-led series even with its previous week’s final numbers among adults 18-49. Things were not so rosy for another show in its third week: ABC’s mob family drama Red Widow (1.0/3) was down 9% from last week’s show, a season low for the freshman drama executive produced by The Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. ABC’s Sunday night began with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/5) followed Once Upon A Time (2.2/6), which dipped 4% from last week’s series-low tie to hit a new low. At 9 PM, Revenge (1.8/4) was down 10% from last week’s midseason return. Read More »

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‘The Good Wife’ Off-Network Rights Sell To Amazon, Hulu, Hallmark Channel, Broadcast Syndication For Nearly $2M An Episode

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 8:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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CBS Sets Season Finale Dates

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 10:15am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Hits Premiere Low, ‘Revenge’ Rises, ‘Good Wife’ Hits Series Low, ‘Dateline’ & ‘Mentalist’ Down

By | Monday February 18, 2013 @ 9:36am PST

The new season of The Amazing Race (2.4/6) started off at LA’s Griffith Observatory however the series itself did not get off on its best footing. Down 14% from last year’s February 19, 2012 Spring premiere, Sunday’s season 22 debut was the lowest debut ever for the long running CBS series. Not that it was that much of a slide. The September 30, 2012 season 21 premiere of the global competition series garnered a 2.5/6 matching a previous Race series low debut. With CBS’ primetime Sunday delayed 5 minutes in the Eastern and Central times zones due to an overrun from PGA Tour Golf, last night’s ratings could see a greater than usual adjustment in final numbers.

As The Amazing Race hit a low, ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Revenge (1.8/4) rose from one last night. Without facing off against the Grammys, the fantasy drama was bopped up 5% and the late night soap jumped 29% from last week’s series low for both shows. CBS’s dramas however did drop on Sunday.  Back after three weeks, The Good Wife (1.4/3) was down 7% – hitting a series low for the show. The Mentalist (1.5/4) was also down, falling 21% from its last original on January 27.. Both network news magazine shows also took a hit last night. Airing just after 7 PM, CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.3/4) was down 28% from its February 10 show while Dateline NBC was down 33% from its last Sunday original back on January 6.  Otherwise NBC showed back-to-back repeats of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers at 8 PM (0.9/2) and 8:30 PM (1.0/2) and a Saturday Night Live In The 90s: Pop Culture Nation (1.4/3) special. Starting the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4), which was down 17% from last week, ABC ended Sunday with a repeat of its new Anthony Edwards conspiracy drama Zero Hour (0.9/2)
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RATINGS RAT RACE: NFL Pro Bowl Dips, ‘The Good Wife’ Hits Series Low, ’60 Minutes’ & ‘Family Guy’ Down

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 8:52am PST

It’s less than a week to Super Bowl XLVII but there was no absence of football on television last night. The NFC pummeled the AFC on Sunday in the annual NFL All Star Pro BowlRead More »

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Matthew Perry Returning To ‘The Good Wife’

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 4:24pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Matthew Perry Good Wife ReturnEXCLUSIVE: 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 »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Once Upon A Time’, ’666 Park Ave’ And ‘The Good Wife’ Up

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 9:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was good news all around for ABC on Sunday. The only major broadcast network not to air live sports in primetime last night saw its entire scripted lineup post week-to-week ratings increases. Once Upon A Time (3.3/8) was up 10%. Revenge (2.8/6) was up a tenth for a second consecutive week, while rookie 666 Park Avenue reversed its downward ratings trend since the series premiere, up 20%. The only show in the negative column for ABC last night was America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.3/4), which was down a tenth facing an hour of NFL overrun on CBS.

That overrun, whose exact duration was 56 minutes, pushed the start of CBS’ primetime. That was bad news for East Coast fans of The Mentalist, which started a couple of minutes before 11 PM, and great news for Steven Spielberg and his upcoming film Lincoln. 60 Minutes, which aired a segment on Spielberg and his new movie, shot up 75% from last week to a 3.5/9 in adults 19-49 following the football overrun. The gains didn’t carry over to the 9 PM hour where The Amazing Race (2.3/5) was down 12% from last week. But at 10 PM, The Good Wife (1.9/5) is currently running up 12% from last week. Is the female-skewing drama better suited for 10 PM where it doesn’t have to face ABC’s similarly targeted Revenge? Read More »

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Gersh Signs ‘Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi

By | Tuesday October 16, 2012 @ 2:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Kristin Chenoweth Won’t Complete Her Arc On ‘The Good Wife’ Because Of Injury

By | Monday August 13, 2012 @ 3:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 »

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Julianna Margulies Sued By Former Managers Over ‘Good Wife’ Fees

By | Monday July 9, 2012 @ 3:25pm PDT

Julianna Margulies LawsuitJulianna 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 »

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Nathan Lane Joins ‘The Good Wife’

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 8:57am PDT

Nathan Lane Good WifeThe Good Wife has added Nathan Lane in a recurring role for the CBS drama’s upcoming fourth … Read More »

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Kristin Chenoweth To Recur On ‘Good Wife’

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 1:20pm PDT

Kristin Chenoweth Good Wife CastingIt’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 »

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Maura Tierney To Recur On ‘The Good Wife’

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Maura Tierney Good WifeMaura 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 »

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EMMYS: ‘The Good Wife’s Josh Charles

By | Sunday June 10, 2012 @ 12:24pm PDT

Michael Ausiello is editor in chief of TVLine.

Boardwalk EmpireIt 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 MarguliesAlicia, 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 »

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