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'The Good Wife' preview: Robert and Michelle King on Will's big decision

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

NYC mayor Bill de Blasio to appear on 'The Good Wife'

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.

'The Good Wife' co-creator Robert King explains the inspiration for Marilyn's baby daddy


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.

'The Good Wife': Mike Colter talks about Lemond Bishop's return

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 Good Wife' and the problem of too much good TV

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

'The Good Wife' composer talks the drama and comedy of 'Hitting the Fan'


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

'Good Wife' postmortem: EPs Robert and Michelle King break down 'Hitting the Fan'

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:

'The Good Wife' celebrates 100th episode by giving back

Let them not eat cake! They don’t have time because they’re busy giving back to the community. Instead of the traditional cake-cutting ceremony to mark their milestone 100th episode, the cast and crew of The Good Wife partnered with St. Bernard Project to rebuild homes. Today is the one-year anniversary of super storm Sandy, and the Good Wife team visited the Rockaways, an area of Queens in New York, to help rebuild the damaged homes. The show’s Juliana Margulies, Josh Charles, Chris Noth, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Zach Grenier, and creators Robert and Michelle King were all there to help out. “We reached out to see if [The Good Wife cast and crew] wanted to get involved,” said Reese May, Director of East Coast Operations at St. Bernard. “Especially since the cast and crew did so much in the days right after Hurricane Sandy. There was a natural synergy.”

Before the cast and crew got to work, they presented the St. Bernard Project with a check for $77,185 in front of Margaret McNaulty’s house, which served as the home base for the project. McNaulty moved back into her childhood home in August 2012, two months before the hurricane. She was just settling in when the storm destroyed her home. “I’m so overwhelmed,” McNaulty said. “All of these wonderful volunteers within two hours, they have walls up. I haven’t had walls up for a year!”

And that’s why the show’s crew was happy to forgo the traditional party. “I think the New York community is a spectacular community in that it’s very tight-knit,” Margulies said. And as it turns out, some members of the cast were just waiting to show off their special skills. “Zach [Grenier] is really a first-class carpenter,” Margulies said with a laugh. “He’s in there putting all of us to shame.”

The Good Wife airs Sundays on CBS at 9 p.m.

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Good Wife,' 'Elementary,' 'Revenge': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

More on the Once kiss, the upcoming chaos on The Good Wife, and Elementary‘s love problem all in this week’s Spoiler Room.

Carrie Preston teases 'Good Wife' return

The quirky Elsbeth Tascioni is back! Carrie Preston’s Emmy award-winning Good Wife character returns to Sunday’s all-new episode, “Outside the Bubble.” Lockhart/Gardner hires Elsbeth to represent them in a sexual harassment suit brought on by an employee. Gary Cole’s Kurt McVeigh and Rita Wilson’s Viola Walsh also pop up in the ep. Here, Preston teases her role in “Outside the Bubble” and weighs in on the Diane/Will/Alicia drama that’s been brewing so far this season. READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' preview: Julianna Margulies and the Kings talk season 5 fireworks

Tonight, The Good Wife returns for its fifth season (9 p.m. ET on CBS), and we pick up right where we left off — Alicia (Julianna Margulies) telling Cary (Matt Czuchry) she’ll leave Lockhart/Gardner with him to start their own firm with the other fourth year associates. Margulies was happy it was Cary and not Will (Josh Charles) at Alicia’s door in the final moment of the finale. “I wanted it to be an element of surprise, and that’s what [the show’s creators, Robert and Michelle King] are so good at. I think I actually got more than I bargained for,” Margulies says with a laugh. Here, she and the Kings tease what’s to come.

• Alicia and Cary won’t leave immediately. Because what fun would that be? The Kings interviewed lawyers about starting their own firms and learned the period between deciding to leave and pulling the trigger is ripe with drama. “You’re trying to quietly solicit clients for the new firm as you get your ducks in order and you feel like a betrayer,” Robert says. The reason for the delay: “Alicia starts to realize that the associates she’s leaving with are thinking idealistically and not like mature partners would. She keeps trying to get them out faster and they want to wait for bonuses,” Margulies says. “Alicia knows that that’s just not going to play out well, and sure enough, it ends up blowing up in her face.”

When we spoke with her, she hadn’t yet filmed the scene in which Will finds out she’s leaving. Alicia will keep it a secret from Will and Diane (Christine Baranski) for as long as she can. (“For as long as we can,” Michelle says.) Margulies told us she was bracing herself, and having now seen the promo below, we understand why. Plus, she’d already seen a preview of Will’s wrath: “I saw this scene yesterday,” she said. “Literally, Alicia stands there while Diane and Will go at each other, and it was just devastating to watch.”


CBS chief: Hard for 'Good Wife' to beat 'Game of Thrones' at Emmys


Is broadcast TV the “bastard child” of the TV industry?

Les Moonves took on that question during his Q&A with reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday. The question referred to NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt saying that many in Hollywood seem to regard broadcast television as the bastard child of the industry in comparison to heavily Emmy nominated cable shows.

“I don’t think we’re the bastard child of the entertainment business,” the CBS chief said, though later he seemed to sympathize with the point Greenblatt was making: “They’re competing against some phenomenal programs,” he said. “It’s hard to put [CBS'] The Good Wife up against [HBO's] Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones probably cost three time as much and takes three times as long to shoot. And it’s a brilliant good show. I love it as much as anybody. But there are some terrific shows on network that do get passed over, and the competition from cable in terms of that has become pretty extreme. And so the cable shows get a lot more attention for a lot fewer numbers. That’s okay … You mention a show like Parenthood, which also is a wonderful show that doesn’t maybe get the recognition that [Greenblatt] feels it deserves. I think that’s what that meant.”

'Walking Dead' alum Dallas Roberts talks new 'Unforgettable' role (and his hilarious 'Law & Order' guest history)

Fans of CBS’ resurrected cop show Unforgettable, which returns tonight at 9 p.m. ET for a second season, will notice a few changes: Det. Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery), her perfect memory, and her ex-boyfriend/current partner Al Burns (Nip/Tuck‘s Dylan Walsh) are being poached by the Major Crimes Section of the NYPD. (Acerbic medical examiner Joanne Webster, played by Jane Curtin, also makes the move, at Carrie’s insistence.) Their new technologically superior office will be in Manhattan, not Queens, and their boss is now the ambitious Eliot Delson, played by new series regular Dallas Roberts, best known as The Walking Dead‘s Milton and The Good Wife‘s Owen, and Rubicon‘s Miles Fiedler.

Roberts stopped by EW to chat about his new role and, since he’s joining a New York-set procedural, get quizzed on his five different guest appearances across the Law & Order franchise. He also shares the story of the fan first that happened to him on the walk to our office, along with his memory of writing a fan letter to Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman) when he was a teen and Reubens phoning him.


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