'The Good Wife' exclusive: Rita Wilson, F. Murray Abraham star in episode inspired by 'The Social Network'

Good-Wife-castingImage Credit: Tommaso Boddi/PR Photos; Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosThe legal ranks are about to get a lot more impressive on CBS’ The Good Wife. EW has learned exclusively that Rita Wilson (It’s Complicated) and F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) will guest star in a February episode that’s inspired by The Social Network and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The episode focuses on a junior genius who launched a successful website that prompts a big movie about his life. He ends up suing the producers for defamation, however, because he’s not happy with the results. (For more about the episode, click here). Abraham — last seen depicting a professor on HBO’s Bored to Death — will play Burl, the head attorney at a film conglomerate. Smug but friendly, he represents the studio in the lawsuit. Wilson, meanwhile, will play Viola, a top-of-her field lawyer. Though botoxed to the max, Viola brims with power and self-confidence and is an old friend of Diane (Christine Baranski), who asks for her help with a case.

Wilson also recently appeared in Old Dogs and My Life in Ruins.

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  • mae

    botoxed to the max?! she doesnt seem like a person who actually does botox. so do they make actresses do it?

    • maryb889

      I think it’s the character who’s botoxed to the max … not Rita.

      • AcaseofGeo

        I think Mae’s question is: “How will they DEPICT her on camera as botoxed to the max???”

      • mae

        yes! what acaseofgeo said! i couldn’t express it correctly.

      • Amy

        They do it with prosthetics and makeup.

    • Heidi

      To be fair I doubt there is an actress – or actor- in Hollywood that has never had botox.
      That said, I’m sure Rita is not thrilled with the description of her character!! Hopefully she’s got a good sense of humor.

      • Tara

        Being as she’s married to Tom Hanks, I think she might have a great sense of humor.

    • Joyce

      She will probably get botox for the role. No big deal & she won’t have to continue the botox later if she doesn’t want to.

    • W

      In Hollywood, getting botox is like going to the dentist or getting a facial. Everybody does it, and it’s not a big deal. You are not allowed to have forehead lines in Hollywood.

  • james

    This show is becoming a legal Love Boat with all the guest stars. Regulars are being pushed aside so these guests get showy roles. The result is that the cases are utterly compelling, but the other plots are half-baked. It’s all off-balance.

    • Disagree

      Have to disagree with you there, James. I think that GW is masterfully stringing us along over the course of dozens of episodes with the regulars’ plotlines, feeding us just enough tantalizing morsels to leave us drooling for more (if they gave us what we want when we want it, where would the suspense be?) while also delivering some dazzling guest stars. Total win-win situation for me, at least.

      Love Ms. Wilson and love Mr. Abraham! This show is too good!

      • JLI

        I agree with you, but I do hope they don’t go the way of “ripped from the headlines” every week like Law & Order did…

    • katie

      I disagree. Tuesday’s great episode shows everyone in the regular cast having his own moment. They do get good stunt casting in some episodes.

      • Heidi

        did you notice in the headlines right now is a man who was put to death using pet enuthanizing medication – a first? This was just on the show and didn’t even know this was going to happen. At the last minute there was a shortage of their typical meds and they got clearance from a judge to replace it with this pet tranquillizer. They may rip stories from the headlines from time to time but this one was a gift, a mitzvah if you will, from the world to the show writers.

  • MiaS

    botoxed to the max??
    Ouch! and rather mean.
    Funny how you didn’t say anything about F. Murray’s hairline.

    • Adam

      It’s a description of the character, not Rita Wilson herself.

  • The Turth

    Amazing how The Good Wife keeps doing episodes inspired by real-life events while at the same time the entire season seems to be a pre-written, pre-shot, heavily continuous and serialized package

    I swear, it’s like they air the episodes the same week these things happen in real life, yet they have the time to craft the writing of the episode so perfectly and strongly over months of shooting and production

    Looking forward to what’ll be an amazing episode as always

    • You’re Right…

      …and since this episode is airing it February, it could be shown the week “The Social Network” wins the Oscar for Best Picture.

  • kk

    speaking of air real-life events that seem to happen the week of the episode…did you see that oklahoma this week is executing a man for the first time without the drug sodium pentathol and using another because there is a shortage? …its caused all sorts of appeals…crazy timing

    • Martha

      Yeah, I saw that and immediately thought of the last GW episode. Life imitating art?

  • Mikey

    I would imagine the show’s makeup artists will use various “taping” and makeup techniques to make it look like Rita Wilson’s character uses a lot of Botox.

    • Allison

      Your comment just reminded me of my last trip to Vegas – my mom let a lady at the Victoria’s Secret at The Forum Shops use this whole anti-aging line on her, and we bought a few of the products… and then about an hour later, it all came peeling off.

  • Ethan

    My questions is WHY is Wilson’s character written to be “botoxed to the max”. Is that relevant to the storyline?

  • sharon

    Good Wife uses lots of out of work Law and Order NY actors and Broadway actors and lets them get to work for the theater. They tap into the talent available in NY at the time. Good to see actors working on TV and crossing over and respect for their theater work.

  • Jimmy R

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  • Mona

    This is the best show on T.V. I love the entire cast & they do an awesome job. So, bring on another
    well planned, suspenseful show!

  • Maine Girl

    Love this show! Just because Rita’s character has a lot of botox doesn’t mean that Rita does. Hollywood can do amazing things to make us think that someone is a Romulan or burn survivor, etc. I think this show is riveting–this week’s “9 hours” episode was amazing.

  • MissDaisy

    sodium pentathol is truth serum, that is not what they had in the episode, it was something else, but that wasnt it.

    • Katja

      I think they meant sodium thiopental. It’s a pretty similar name.

  • lolly

    F. Murray Abraham. F MURRAY ABRAHAM

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