Julianna Margulies cheers 'Good Wife' Emmy fortunes, jeers snubs

It’s been a good morning for Julianna Margulies. Her hit CBS procedural The Good Wife snagged nine Emmy nominations, including drama series, lead actress (that’s her!), and supporting actress (for Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski). In this brief Q&A, Margulies reacts to all the Emmy love, bemoans some glaring omissions, and offers a non-spoilery preview of season 2.

Congrats! Must be nice to see so many of your costars nominated alongside you.
Listen, if Josh Charles, Chris Noth, and Matt Czuchry had been nominated, then my feet wouldn’t be touching the ground. But I’ll take what I can get. And I have to tell you that I am so over the moon that Archie, Christine, Alan Cumming, and Dylan Baker all got nominated. Over the moon. But the biggest feat was the fact that [exec producers] Robert and Michelle King got nominated and the show got nominated. It’s a little dream come true for us because I think with a network show, a freshman show, a show that none of us thought would be picked up, it’s just a beautiful moment for all of us.

Who have you spoken to from the cast this morning?
We’ve only been e-mailing each other because literally right after I learned I was nominated I’ve been talking to reporters. So, I will be calling all my castmates the second I get off the phone.

Does this add more pressure to season 2?
I actually think it’s a boost of confidence more than pressure. I know the pressure will be to keep it in the same vein, to make sure that it remains a quality show, and that we don’t get lazy. But that would happen with or without a nomination. I think the only pressure that we’re all feeling is to make sure that the same energy and infusion of excitement in the first season comes to the second season. You know, the first season of any show is always a little bit tumultuous because it’s just uncharted territory. So, I think now, with this boost of confidence, on top of our great [premise]—we have a procedural with a personal story line and a political edge, so we really have our pick of story lines. It’s such a juicy idea that I’m hoping with the second season, it’ll become even more dynamic.

When do you go back into production?
Well, I’m going for my wardrobe fitting today, and then we start next week!

And have you read the first script?
No, and I think they were smart. I think they decided not to let the script out until after all of this brouhaha because I think I would spill some beans in all my excitement, and now I just can’t because I truly have no idea.

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  • Dave

    This show is my only bright spot in the Emmy nominations. The snubbing of FRINGE, SPARTACUS, and JUSTIFIED just screwed up my day!

    • ann

      dave, i agree about fringe and justified but spartacus ….really? the production value came off as a cheesy rip off of 300. except for the main leads, all others’ acting was pretty much subpar. it was an interesting idea that did not get executed properly.

      • ernie

        I agree with you Ann. If I were a 13-year-old boy, that show would appeal to me. It’s such a rip off of better (not much better, but better) stuff.

      • m.

        I don’t know if you really gave it a chance. It somewhat fells off in the middle of season, but picks up again and the final episodes are all great. I also like that they didn’t drag the storyline too long.

      • Shiny

        See, I hated the pilot episode of Spartacus because of the 300 rip, but when I heard good things and went back and watched the show I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent Lucy Lawless and John Hannah, and Viva Blanca’s break out rule as a ditzy yet viciously scheming socialite. Sparty settled into a fun blood and guts romp with soapy undertones; it’s well worth checking out.

    • Wilson

      Yeah, but maybe next year we will see John Noble for Fringe. I mean, it’s the new Abrams critical success with an awesome cast and…well, Lost is gone now…

    • Mike

      Thank YOU! Fringe is consistently one of the best shows on tv every week. Hopefully it will get the respect it deserves with season three.

  • Bella

    This show and cast are so deserving of the nominations they’ve received. All those not nominated that Julianna mentioned are equally excellent. Being a lawyer, I’m not usually too enamored with most legal shows, but this one is an exception because of the involving storylines and superb acting. Congratulations to everyone involved!

  • Jules

    I’ve been a FAN of Julianna Margulies since ER and congratulate her on yet another Emmy nom and win??..:)

  • beth

    The nomination for The Good Wife for best drama makes me happy if only for the reason that hopefully Matt Czuchry will show up at the Emmys- LOVE him!

  • Orac

    Indeed, these nominations made my day–in as much as any of this stuff is truly important. (it’s not, but still…) And I’m somewhat in awe of Christine Baranski, who also picked up a comedy nod for her turn as Leonard’s mother on “Big Bang Theory”. She must be over the moon this morning.

  • jasper

    dave = gay

    • hung high

      jasper = t w a t

  • ddutchie88

    This show has really grown on me.. It’s among my favorites now and I’m really happy that it got so many nominations.
    Also, I have a slight crush on Kalinda.. ;)

  • Jane

    Would have liked to see Josh Charles nominated and Matt Czuchry would have been a real suprise one, both were brilliant and added to a well rounded cast. Congrats to the women on their nominations, they definatly deserved it.

  • gmyers

    Good Wife a procedural? Do you know what a procedural is? Is it a procedural because it’s on CBS? Someone doesn’t watch the show!

    • Dave

      Juliana Margulies called it a procedural herself. So you think that she doesn’t know what the show is about?

  • nyker

    Soooo happy that the show received so many nominations. Archie and Christine totally deserved it! They all deserve the nod. Love, love, love the show.

  • Hugh

    I have to confess that I am compelled to plant myself in front of the TV whenever “Good Wife” is on. J.M. is just too cool and gorgeous. My own “good wife” gets on my case about my obsession

  • Muireann

    LOVE the fact that The Good Wife got so many nominations! That, along with Elizabeth Mitchell and Hugh Laurie’s nominations, made my day! Still uber pissed about Lisa Edelstein getting snubbed AGAIN though…

  • mary

    Overrated show about a weak female with no spine!

    MG is a good actress.

    • jennrae

      Weak? No spine? What show are you watching?

  • Shiny

    This show just sneaked up me; I was pretty sure I didn’t want to watch an Elliot Spitzer like yarn, but the show turned out to be way more complex, smart and wry than I would have first guessed. It very quickly became must see viewing, especially when the show just got stronger as the season progressed. Other freshman shows have been uneven, but GW was consistently excellent all season long.

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