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'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.

Emmy Watch: Carrie Preston on eccentric 'Good Wife' character Elsbeth Tascioni

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Of all the talented guest stars who pop up on the CBS drama The Good Wife, Carrie Preston’s Elsbeth Tascioni consistently remains a fan favorite. Elsbeth is the quirky—part crazy/part genius—lawyer who manages to steal every scene she’s in, and serve up the laughs while she’s doing it. Here, Preston shares her favorite scenes of the season and confesses that she, too, would love an Elsbeth-themed spinoff.  READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Nathan Lane on inventing a backstory for his 'Good Wife' character

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

The Good Wife is known for its superb Rolodex of guest stars, but in the same vein, the writers like to infuriate us with characters we love to hate. See: Michael J. Fox’s Louis Canning, Matthew Perry’s Mike Kresteva, or Martha Plimpton’s Patti Nyholm. Joining their ranks for season 4 was the Tony- and Emmy-winning Nathan Lane, who appeared in nine episodes as number-crunching trustee Clarke Hayden. Even Lane himself isn’t so sure what to think of his character.

“I think he’s sort of a damaged soul, but it’s hard to tell what’s going on,” Lane says of his character. “One of the nicest compliments I would get very often on the street is people would say, ‘I love you on The Good Wife. I just can’t tell whether I should like you or hate you!'” Here, Lane talks about signing on for the role — which almost went to someone else — and building a backstory to better understand his character.

'The Good Wife': Matt Czuchry talks season 4 finale cliff-hanger


If you haven’t yet watched the season 4 finale of The Good Wife, STOP READING NOW! Our full recap is in the works, but in the meantime check out our chat with Matt Czuchry—who plays Lockhart/Gardner lawyer Cary Agos—as he talks about his pivotal role in the episode cliff-hanger, his relationship with Kalinda, and more. READ FULL STORY

'Good Wife' co-creator Robert King explains that 'Vampire Diaries' fan fiction reference -- VIDEO


On Sunday’s episode of CBS’ The Good Wife, Diane (Christine Baranski) asked the firm’s investigator Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) to run a background check on her so she’d know where she’d be vulnerable if Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) is elected governor and nominates her for the vacant seat on the Illinois Supreme Court, as planned. The first thing Kalinda turned up: Vampire Diaries fan fiction originating from Diane’s home IP address and email. Watch the scene below. (Spoiler alert: Diane blames her housekeeper, who lacks boundaries.)

“We know [TVD exec producer] Kevin Williamson through Writers Guild things, and we think he’s wonderful. And we also thought he’d be fine with a reference to the show’s fan fiction,” Good Wife co-creator Robert King tells EW in an email. “We obviously wanted something that seemed ludicrous and out-of-character for Diane to be doing. We tried two other things: Sons of Anarchy fan fiction and incestuous fan fiction for Supernatural.”  READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife': Dylan Baker teases Sunday's all-new episode

Why is it that The Good Wife writers give such lovable actors such despicable roles? The proof is in the guest stars. See: Michael J. Fox as the infuriating Louis Canning, Matthew Perry as the pathological liar Mike Kresteva, and Dylan Baker as the notorious wife killer Colin Sweeney. Baker—who’s already nabbed two Emmy noms for his portrayal of Sweeney—reprises his role in Sunday’s all-new episode, “The Wheels of Justice.” In the ep, Alicia (Juliana Margulies) and Will (Josh Charles) go to trial to keep Sweeney from receiving a life sentence. Baker called in to tease his upcoming appearance and weigh in on his character’s bad side. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Is 'Girls' flourishing or floundering in season 2?

Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO

Image Credit: Jessica Miglio/HBO

When Girls debuted last year on HBO it immediately became one of the most divisive shows on television. People seemed to either love it or loathe it. But now even the people that loved it seem divided on the risqué comedy’s second season. Jessica Shaw is one such person that has major issues with what has happened to one of her favorite shows. On the latest installment on the InsideTV Podcast, Jessica shares her concerns with a show she feels has abandoned its core appeal and gotten sidetracked by theme episodes that have separated the foursome from each other. I am far less bothered by the new direction of the show than Jessica is, and try to offer a bit of balance by providing my take on the things I have enjoyed in season 2. Click on the audio player below to listen in and see whom you agree with!

Then, we talk more Sunday scripted fare by deep diving into The Good Wife. The show started the season on shaky footing with a truly unfortunate foray into Kalinda’s relationship with her former husband. Has it recovered? What is working and what still needs to be worked on? Jessica even has some inside scoop from the stars and creators to share! [The Good Wife chat starts at 9:15.]

Finally, we chat with Allie Pohevitz, the most recently booted contestant from Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites. Allie reveals what really happened at night between her and Reynold on the night vision cam, and blasts former tribemate Shamar, explaining “I cannot stand that man.” Okay, then! [The Survivor chat and interview starts at 17:00.] READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Allie from 'Survivor' calls Shamar a 'disgrace'. Plus: We talk 'Girls' and 'The Good Wife'

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Or a woman voted out first from her tribe on Survivor. We found that out first hand when Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs Favorites bootee Allie Pohevitz called into the InsideTV Podcast to discuss her time on the island. She wasn’t too happy about being labeled “not the cutest” by cuddle-partner Reynold, but she saved the bulk of her ire for dehydration-phobic Shamar, labeling him “disgusting” and a “disgrace.”  “I cannot stand that man,” she says in case there is any doubt as to her true feelings. Click on the audio player below to hear more as Allie explains her biggest mistake, shares what really happened between her and Reynold on the night vision cam, and reveals which of the Favorites she would have liked to work with had she lasted longer in the game. Also, Jessica Shaw and I share our early impressions of the season and why some of the Shamar scenes make us feel a little uncomfortable as viewers. [The Survivor chat and interview starts at 17:00.]

But first, Jessica and I discuss and debate some Sunday night scripted fare. Jessica is among the group of Girls fans that have serious issues with season 2 of the HBO comedy. She presents her list of problems with the show and explains what she thinks it needs to do to get back on track. Then, we take a good, hard look at The Good Wife. Has the show rebounded from another shaky season-opening storyline? Is Cary leaving the firm? Is he taking Kalinda with him? And what about that kiss between Alicia and Will? We break it all down as Jessica shares some scoop from the stars and creators as to what to expect next. [The Good Wife chat starts at 9:15.] READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife': Carrie Preston talks quirky lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni

Is it too early to start an Emmy campaign? Carrie Preston reprised her role as the brilliant and funny Elsbeth Tascioni on last night’s The Good Wife. But Preston’s stint on the show doesn’t end there: Elsbeth returns in the March 3 episode where she continues to represent Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) in his case against the Department of Justice. Preston called up EW to chat about her role on the series and settle once and for all: Is Elsbeth a secret genius?  READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' cast stuns in slick new promo shots -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Holy hot people, Batman!

The Good Wife cast is already one of the best-dressed casts on TV but even they stepped up their game for this new batch of promotional photos, which EW has an exclusive first peek at: (Click below.) READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife': T.R. Knight talks about his 'calculating' character, teases clash with Eli -- VIDEO

T.R. Knight is back on TV! But as the former Grey’s Anatomy actor explains in this week’s Spoiler Room video, the character he plays in The Good Wife, young politico Jordan Karahalios, who debuted in Sunday’s episode, is a far from George O’Malley. In fact, he’s downright “off-putting,” Knight says.

Click below for our chat, where he goes into more detail and answers more teasy questions — some of which you submitted via Twitter. READ FULL STORY


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