'The Good Wife' scoop: America Ferrera joins for three episodes, Jerry Stiller for one

America-JerryImage Credit: Brian Killian/WireImage.com; Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic.comThings aren’t so Ugly for America Ferrera anymore. The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress has landed her first post-Ugly Betty television gig, which will find her headed to the infinitely seductive legal world of CBS’ vaunted drama The Good Wife for three episodes this season. Fererra will join the cast next month on a recurring basis, playing Natalie, a graduate student who romantically catches the eye of campaign manager Eli (Alan Cumming). In the same episode where Ferrera makes her debut, Jerry Stiller joins as the show’s latest judge, joining courtroom overseer alums such as Ana Gasteyer, Denis O’Hare, and David Paymer. The tough-as-nails attorney Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) goes up against Stiller’s justice, who has a penchant for nodding off during the trial. Stiller is only set for one episode currently, but the guest stars who appear as judges on The Good Wife tend to pop up repeatedly. 

“It’s thrilling to have two actors who combine such dramatic and comedic ability,” says Robert King, co-creator and executive producer of The Good Wife. “We’ve been watching and loving America for years now on Ugly Betty, and it’ll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role — especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming. And Jerry Stiller is our dream judge. It was great when we got to stop saying ‘We need a Jerry Stiller-type in the role’ and just got Jerry Stiller.”

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  • Here & There

    I’m tired of seeing judges who nod off, have personal agendas, pecadillos & are screwballs. Almost every courtroom law show displays the idiotic judge. Boston Legal went over-the-top with the judges, and now The Good Wife is doing it. Please, give us some good, professional judges, for the courtroom drama shows.

    • chad

      I agree. Boston Legal was too cartoon-y. The idiotic judge thing can go too far. Takes away from the realism of The Good Wife sometimes also.

      • dgz

        realism? in a show where all the prosecutors are evil & corrupt, all the defense attorneys are heroes, and all defendants are innocent? it’s a good show, but realistic it’s not.

  • jared

    Good for America Ferrera. But sometimes the stunt casting can be a bit distracting on these shows. Kind of like a modern day Love Boat.

    • Susan Kowalczyk

      Bad idea to defend and show any aspect of sympathizing with Illegal Immigration and showing any luxury of interpreting provided by Ferrera who let’s face it, “looks like she’s an Illegal straight from Mexico” (how in the heck did she ever get on TV to begin with??? I think America would love to know.) TV episodes are for entertainment purposes and it’s impossible to be intertained by a show that makes you “see red”. Illegal Immigration is topic still “On Fire” and totally “Not OK” and best left out of TV shows that are to provide entertainment (well, maybe not according to La Raza supporters), but then, they’re probably not supposed to be here in the first place. The show is outstanding minus the Immigration platform.

  • kelly

    I was wondering if she was planning to return to TV again… she’s been kind of quiet project wise (been hearing her former castmates getting new gigs) We will get to see her in a more dramatic role..Also she would be reuniting with Christine Baranski who guested on Ugly Betty..

  • elena

    I’m not sure how she would balance her schedule (since she’s on Raising Hope full-time now), but I’d love to see Martha Plimpton’s lawyer character come back. Or Martha Plimpton in anything. The woman is awesome.

  • Alicia

    “Boston Legal” was a blast, but I also love “The Good Wife.”

  • dee123

    Why have the judge fall asleep? It just SCREAMS David E. Kelley.

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