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'Frasier' star David Hyde Pierce joins 'The Good Wife'

Frasier alum David Hyde Pierce has landed a recurring role on The Good Wife.

The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office.

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Pablo Schreiber, Carrie Preston, Pedro Pascal accept guest EWwys

New this year to the EWwys, EW.com’s annual reader-voted awards for the Emmy-snubbed, are guest actor and guest actress categories. We’ve already posted audio of Elizabeth Banks phoning EW Radio to accept Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for her return to Modern Family (hear it here), but the other winners—The Good Wife‘s Carrie Preston, Orange is the New Black‘s Pablo Schreiber, and Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal—were equally as entertaining when they dialed.

The closest race in the 2014 EWwys was Best Guest Actress in a Drama: Preston topped Lisa Kudrow (Scandal) by just 37 votes. The best part about Preston’s call? She was dressed as Elsbeth Tascioni, taking a break during a wardrobe fitting to reprise her winning role yet again. She also lightheartedly lamented not being able to keep all the True Blood souvenirs she’d wanted. READ FULL STORY

Kyle MacLachlan to return to 'The Good Wife'

In the absence of Will Gardner, it seems The Good Wife is bringing back a number of fan favorite characters. First, we found out that Carrie Preston’s Elsbeth Tascioni would make her triumphant return, and now we’ve got more good news for Tascioni fans: Josh Perotti is coming back with her.

EW has confirmed that Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as Perotti, the attorney who once caught Ms. Tascioni’s eye (or rather, she caught his). Although it’s unclear how long either of them will be sticking around, their returns will coincide, so here’s to hoping there’s a date involved. In fact, Preston told TVLine, which first reported the news, that “he and I have a little sparing [sic] thing that we do.”

The Good Wife returns for its sixth season on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Connie Nielsen joins 'The Good Wife'

The Following‘s Connie Nielsen is coming to Florrick, Agos. Or, at least, she’s coming to The Good Wife.

EW has confirmed that Nielsen will join the hit show’s sixth season in a recurring role. Nielsen will play a lawyer named Ramona who first appears in the season’s fourth episode. According to TVLine, which first reported the news, Ramona is “a smart, beautiful attorney with far-reaching Cook County connections.”

The Good Wife returns for its sixth season on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Here's why Diane Lockhart is the best character on 'The Good Wife'

First of all, we know: everyone is awesome on The Good Wife. (We love you, Alicia and Eli and Jackie and Finn and Will Gardner’s Ghost!)

But on this yearand certainly we can all agree that the show’s fifth season was truly extraordinary, as well as ridiculously snubbed by the Emmys—it was Diane Lockhart who managed to get even more awesome. After all, she had a lot to contend with: She was up for and lost a Supreme Court nomination. Her fourth years left to start a competing company. There’s a Game of Thrones-like power struggle threatening her future at the firm she created. READ FULL STORY

Carrie Preston is returning to 'The Good Wife'

With True Blood coming to an end, Carrie Preston already has more work lined up. EW has confirmed that Preston will reprise her role as fan favorite Elsbeth Tascioni in the upcoming sixth season of The Good Wife. There’s no word yet on how long Elsbeth will be sticking around, but let’s just hope that this time, she stays away from any and all anti-Semitic bears (or not).

The Good Wife isn’t the only place Preston’s fans will be able to find her. As EW previously reported, the actress is also set to guest star in a season 2 episode of HBO’s Getting On. Preston will play Denya Thorp, a cancer patient staying at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Facility. Let’s just say she’s looking to get out of that place ASAP. READ FULL STORY

Steven Pasquale will appear on 'The Good Wife'

Well, if Alicia does decide to take Eli Gold’s advice and run for state’s attorney, it looks like she’ll have a little help.

EW has confirmed that Rescue Me‘s Steven Pasquale has signed on for two episodes of The Good Wife‘s sixth season. Pasquale will play a campaign expert that Eli enlists to help Alicia with her campaign should she decide to run. Considering the short episode commitment, it seems plausible that Alicia could decide against running; then again, she could also decide she doesn’t need any extra help (no matter how cute the helper might be). There’s no word yet on whether Pasquale’s run on the show could be extended.

Christine Baranski also laments that 'Good Wife' Best Drama snub

The Good Wife started production on season 6 Thursday, but since Christine Baranski wasn’t on the call sheet, she distracted herself that morning with coffee and a swim as the Emmy nominations were announced. “One doesn’t want to invest too much in it, but that said, when you find out that you’ve got a nomination, it’s always a wonderful thing and a great privilege,” the 12-time nominee says. With one win for Cybill, this is her fifth consecutive nomination for The Good Wife. “I always get the biggest kick to hear I’m in a category with Maggie Smith,” she says. “It just kind of blows my mind.”

Still, the day is a little bittersweet, Baranski admits. “The anticipation, for me, was my really great hope that the show would be recognized and get a nomination this year, because I thought, as so many people did, that it was an extraordinary year for the show. The Kings, Robert and Michelle, and our writers did an extraordinary job of crafting season 5 and taking the show in that brave place—so much drama, so much emotion, so much craftsmanship went into those 22 episodes. The audience was really invested in it,” she says. “We’ve got three actors with nominations [including supporting actor Josh Charles and guest actor Dylan Baker], and that’s largely because we’re just given such great writing. I don’t follow Twitter or anything,” she continues, with a laugh, “but I guess the show’s getting a lot of press for being snubbed.” READ FULL STORY

Josh Charles on his Emmy nomination -- and the 'Good Wife' Best Drama snub

Josh Charles received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination this morning for playing (the late) Will Gardner on CBS’s The Good Wife. Sick with a cold and cough, he went back to bed after getting up early to let out his dog, Zeus—and learned of his nod when he rolled over and saw a congratulatory email on his iPhone. “Nothing super fancy or exciting, sorry,” he jokes to EW. “I’m really excited about it even if my voice doesn’t sound normal.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Lead and supporting actors don’t have to choose an episode to submit until after they’re nominated. Will you go with “Hitting the Fan”?
Josh Charles: The two episodes that stick out to me, as an actor, would be “Hitting the Fan” and “The Decision Tree.” So one of those, probably. I’ll just have some people who I really trust watch them both and tell me which one they feel is best. Or however that works. READ FULL STORY

Taye Diggs will guest star on 'The Good Wife'

Still mourning the loss of Will Gardner? (If so, you’re not alone.) This, though, may make your grief a bit more manageable: Taye Diggs is joining The Good Wife as a guest star in the upcoming season.

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'The Good Wife': The show's star and creators tease the season 5 finale

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The fifth season finale of The Good Wife airs Sunday at 9 p.m., and oh, what a season it’s been. From the blowup at Lockhart/Gardner to Will’s murder in the courtroom, the CBS drama has had it all. (Seriously, let’s give this show all the Emmys!) In the season 5 ender, Zach (Graham Phillips) graduates from high school and Alicia (Juliana Margulies) entrusts Jackie (Mary Beth Peil) and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to plan his graduation party. Meanwhile, the future of Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner hangs in the balance. Here, Juliana Margulies and the show’s co-creators, Robert and Michelle King, tease the episode and look forward to the future of the show: READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife': Julianna Margulies explains how she negotiated Josh Charles' season 5 contract

Julianna Margulies has no desire to direct, but she definitely earns her producer credit on The Good Wife.

CBS hosted a screening of the drama’s March 30 episode Wednesday night in New York, followed by a discussion with Margulies, co-creators Robert King and Michelle King, and Josh Charles, who makes his final appearance in the hour. By now, fans know his departure has been a year in the making. His contract expired at the end of the show’s fourth season, and the decision of whether or not to renew it coincided with when he was proposing to his wife and doing some soul-searching about his future. “Look, it’s a very long season doing a network television show, and somewhere in year 4, I kinda felt burnt out. Michelle and I had a long conversation about it, and I just felt a little fried and that I was ready for something different for me. That’s no reflection on how I feel about the show, it’s just more about what I want to do in my life,” he told moderator Charlie Rose. (“How much I’ve learned from working with Robert and Michelle about storytelling, the quality and depth of the writing — I mean, I’m afraid going out into the world,” he later admitted. “You don’t see that every day. That’s not something that I take lightly.”)

Margulies first learned Charles was thinking of not renewing his contract in March of 2013. “I got a call from Michelle and Robert, and they said, ‘We need to tell you something. Josh is gonna be leaving the show.’ And I said, ‘Why?‘ And they said, ‘Well, his contract is up, and he doesn’t want to renew.’ My head just started spinning. I said, ‘Well, well, well, wait. Did you see if he could do less episodes? Maybe offer him more directing gigs,” she recalled to much laughter. “I just became the Alicia lawyer trying to figure out how to negotiate this contract. And [the Kings] were both incredibly open about it. They said, ‘We’re open for anything. We don’t have enough time to say goodbye to his character properly in this short amount of episodes.’ Because we shoot so in advance, and they’ve written episodes and have a storyline planned. So it kinda meant his character was gonna just disappear, or someone was just gonna talk about him leaving, and I couldn’t accept that. I thought he’s been such an integral part of the show, such an integral part of my character, and I felt like if this is gonna happen, let’s do it right. And they said, ‘Good luck.'”

Once everyone finished laughing again, she continued. “I called Josh, and I gave him terrible Jew guilt. I knew he was about to get married. I’m good friends with his wife, and they’re dear friends of ours. I said, ‘Josh, how about this: 15. Think about it. Wait. Think about it. Money in the bank for 15 episodes. Do you know how expensive it is to have a baby in New York City?’ I went right to the kid thing, and it was disgusting, honestly,” she said. “We were looking at kindergarten for our son at the time, and I was like, ‘Do you know how much private school is in New York?’ I went on this whole thing about kids and family, and he was like, ‘Well, 15? Let me think about that.’ And I said, ‘And two directing slots!’ And then I hung up and called [the Kings], and I was like, ‘How about 15?’ And immediately they both said, ‘If we have an arc, and we know we can write starting next season and finish up this season as planned, we can do this.’ And so I said [to Josh], ‘They’re gonna write amazing stuff!’ And the next thing I knew, it happened.”

“No baby, yet,” she added, looking at Charles, “but that will happen, too.”

 

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'The Good Wife' preview: 'He loved you' -- VIDEO

You better have a box of tissues ready and waiting for Sunday’s new episode of The Good Wife.

As the preview below indicates, the hour is going to be a farewell to Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, who was shockingly gunned down in court in arguably the show’s most shocking episode ever. This week’s episode seemingly starts where the last one left off — with Alicia receiving a call from Kalinda about his death — and we’ll also see a number of flashbacks as the firm and Will’s friends deal with his departure. (In one scene that you’ll see in the promo, Alicia and Diane exchange the lines “I loved him.” “I know.” “He loved you.” “…”)

Frankly, we’re not ready for this. But ready or not…

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