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
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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.”
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…
'The Good Wife': Hunter Parrish on how he became part of the series' most shocking twist (and #hatemail)
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t yet watched the March 23 episode of CBS’ The Good Wife (or had it spoiled for you on social media), stop reading now.
Actor Hunter Parrish (Weeds‘ Silas) returned as Jeffrey Grant, a college student whose murder trial took a tragic turn that forever altered the course fans expected the series to take. Speaking to EW a day after the episode aired, Parrish — who is about to wrap the indie film Still Alice with Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth — proved he has a good attitude about shocked fans of Will Gardner (Josh Charles) working through their stages of grief. “#Hatemail has been on my Twitter feed,” Parrish said with a laugh. “People have been saying, ‘I really love Silas, but now it’s really gonna be difficult for me to look at him the same.’ That’s a compliment to the work that you’re putting in, and appreciation for the characters, and writers, and actors on The Good Wife that they have given five years of their lives to watching as fans. It’s a great reception. Even though it’s negative,” he continued, with another laugh, “it’s still supportive in a sense.”
In his first interview since his character took a fatal bullet on last night’s The Good Wife, Josh Charles taped an installment of The Late Show With David Letterman on Monday to talk about keeping the secret — and the reaction from fans.
“A lot of the, you know, the response on Twitter has been much the same and I just want to say to the fans that, you know, I really appreciate all of your comments,” Charles said to Letterman. “I don’t know where I’m looking, but I just want to tell them that I really appreciate that … It’s meant a lot. I get invested in characters in TV shows, too, so. Everything’s going to be ok!”
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched Sunday night’s episode of The Good Wife, stop reading now!
In the wake of Sunday night’s Good Wife episode, fans are champing at the bit to find out everything they can about what exactly went into killing off the beloved Will Gardner (Josh Charles). And in a recent effort to offer perspective, Julianna Margulies did a Facebook chat with her fans.
Here’s what we learned:
Will (Josh Charles) has a big decision before him in this week’s The Good Wife — an episode billed as a must-watch. (Personally, aren’t all of them?)
As you’ll recall, in last week’s episode, Nelson (Eric Bogosian) gave Will 48 hours to decide whether or not he’ll testify against Peter (Chris Noth) in the voter fraud case. And, as creator Robert and Michelle King discuss below, the issue is more than two-folds. The pair breaks down his options and talks much more about one of Good Wife‘s best seasons yet below. READ FULL STORY
Bill de Blasio appears ready for his close-up.
New York City’s new mayor will be making an appearance on the small screen. He has a guest appearance slated on the show The Good Wife. The episode is to air March 16.
De Blasio said he and his wife Chirlane McCray are “deeply obsessed” with the CBS political drama.
He said Tuesday that he was thrilled to meet the cast, which includes Julianna Margulies.
De Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, appeared on the show last year.
The series is loosely inspired by another New York political figure: Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer resigned as New York governor in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal.
Spoiler alert! The Jan. 5 episode of The Good Wife revealed the “Peter” who’d fathered the child Marilyn (Melissa George) is carrying. We asked co-creator Robert King to explain how that man turned out to be… Peter Bogdanovich. His emailed answer doesn’t disappoint.
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The Good Wife celebrated its 100th episode last night with “The Decision Tree.” (Read the full recap here.) But if you haven’t yet seen the episode, stop reading now. Spoilers ahead! In the case of the week, a former client of Alicia’s (Juliana Margulies) had bequeathed her $12 million. She faced Will (Josh Charles) in court over the validity of the will. Meanwhile, Florrick/Agos prepared for their holiday party. And what started as a feeble gathering turned in to the event of the season—all thanks to Peter’s (Chris Noth) promised attendance. Eli (Alan Cumming) tried to stop Peter from going to the party because he was worried the infamous Colin Sweeney might attend. And with his focus on Sweeney, Eli failed to realize that Chicago’s top drug dealer, Lemond Bishop might make show up. It was a surprise to everyone. Here, Mike Colter, who plays Bishop, talks about his character’s return and his future on the show. READ FULL STORY
The moment I finally became a fan of The Good Wife occurred just about three weeks ago. It came in the current season’s widely praised fifth episode, “Hitting The Fan.” This was the one where Will (Josh Charles) and Diane (Christine Baranski) fired Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) for plotting to start their own firm. As Will progressed from betrayal (his reaction, a symphonically-performed shock-face culminating in a downbeat “what?!”, was priceless) to “commando mode” (rallying emergency quorums; hustling clients to keep them from bolting), and as Alicia progressed from resolute yet regretful to full-on “Oh, it’s so on!” (countering Will’s counter-attacks; wooing Chum Hum; an adrenaline rush quickie with Governor Hubby), it was thrilling to watch them find new energy and purpose in their lives amid the crisis, if slightly heartbreaking to watch the former lovers, now former colleagues, become enemies. It was impossible to take a side; I wanted both to win. In a story full of such grand drama and significant developments, it was a smaller, funnier exchange between Alicia and Will that grabbed me. As a contentious phone conversation came to a close (“Go to hell!” “No, you go to hell!”), Will remembered something very important. “Oh, your daughter called,” he said, suddenly civil. “She needs you to call her school to let her go on a field trip.” “Oh. When was this?” Alicia asked, equally pleasant. “About 40 minutes ago.” “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” Click. And then war resumed.
Not a terribly ingenious scene, I grant you. It hewed to a familiar screwball comedic structure. The whiplash tonal shift; two rivals abruptly making nice or banal in a way that almost feels out of character. Except here, the moment felt true to the characters, at least as I understand them so far. It was an effective way to dramatize that their relationship was more complex than their current conflict, to show that neither of them should be defined by the crisis/concerns consuming them at present; and it was a moment that was representative of all of everything else in the show that was converting me to rabid Good Wife fandom. READ FULL STORY
If you’re still recovering from the Oct. 27 episode of CBS’ The Good Wife, appropriately titled “Hitting the Fan,” you’re not alone. It will be remembered as one of the series’ best — a perfect storm of pitch-perfect writing/directing, acting, and score. You could feel it from the opening moments, when Will (Josh Charles) set the firing of Alicia (Julianna Margulies) in motion after learning she planned to leave the law firm and everyone started scrambling to steal clients or keep them. The mood was tense but fun as the actors reveled in the machinations scripted by exec producers Robert and Michelle King as much as their characters. And the music captured it. Watch a clip below.
Film composer David Buckley, who’s scored the show since midway through its first season, said one challenge was not letting the music get ahead of the drama. “An episode like this one, more than ever, the music has a sort of identity that can rise up and then fall back down,” he says. Another challenge: The different tones. “This cue, more than any in any episode — probably, in fact, more than anything I’ve ever done before — was trying to navigate that intricate path of drama and comedy. It was serious. There was energy. There was propulsion. But it could also find nods and winks to the lighter parts of the scene,” he says. “The scripts are so clever, the story lines are so intricate, that really quite swiftly you can be moving from something emotional and personal and perhaps sad to someone with a twinkle in their eye.” READ FULL STORY
Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife, “Hitting the Fan,” delivered on the promise established in its title. Everything has officially hit the fan, and, boy, did things get messy.
A full recap is in the works, but as it has been teased, this was the episode where Alicia and Cary’s plans to form their own firm were revealed to their now-former colleagues. And the news was as welcomed as you might imagine — meaning, not at all.
But while Will and the rest of the firm were shocked by the plans, the move was actually a long time coming, says executive producer Robert King.
“We knew she’d eventually go out on her own but we didn’t know where it would end up,” said King, who spoke about the episode after a screening and Q&A with reporters. “But ending the last episode last year, we knew what the plan was for this year. I know people wanted to come back [for the season] and see an episode like this. But it felt like [we] needed to establish so many issues in the firm and also handle Diane’s story before we exploded things.”
And explode they did. In fact, says EP Michelle King, this is the point where everything changes. “Basically, what we told ourselves was that any story we could have told before this episode, we have to kick out because suddenly that no longer fits,” she said.
Here’s some more insight into the episode everyone will be talking about for weeks to come:
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