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Emmy Watch: 'Good Wife' star Archie Panjabi talks Kalinda's sexual manipulation, 'Who shot JR?' moment

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Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

The mystery surrounding The Good Wife‘s Kalinda Sharma, a role that has already earned Archie Panjabi two Emmy nominations (including one win), reached a fever pitch in April’s season 3 finale when Kalinda sat herself down in a chair facing the door to her apartment, loaded a gun, and awaited a knock that viewers assume was her estranged husband. “I had phone calls from around the world asking me, ‘WHO IS AT THE DOOR?!’ I said, ‘Pizza delivery,'” Panjabi says, laughing. “It was like a ‘Who shot JR?’ moment. I never anticipated the response to be that great, but obviously, I was really thrilled. People are really excited to see who it is and what he’s going to be like.”

When we chatted with Panjabi earlier this week, she said she still hadn’t heard if Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King have cast the part, which they’ve said will require a strong, sexy, and intimidating presence. (Panjabi approves of our pick, Idris Elba, but worries the arc would be too long for his movie career, should he even be interested.) “People always say to me, ‘Why is she tough and strong?’ And I say, ‘People are normally like that because they’ve been dealt certain cards in life, and it’s a way of surviving,'” Panjabi says. “I think through her husband, we’ll really get to learn why Kalinda is the way she is: Why she’s so hard and so sexual, why she turned to Peter Florrick [Chris Noth] to get her name changed and escape her past, why she’s so distrustful of people. Something so dreadful must have happened if she wanted to leave the firm and just run. She made the decision to stay and knows that there’s a huge cost but is prepared to take it.” Watch a clip below. Panjabi takes us inside another season 3 scene that showed a new side to Kalinda. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: 'The Good Wife' creators talk the drama (and fun) of 'Blue Ribbon Panel'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19. 

In each of its first two seasons, CBS’ The Good Wife earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Last year, it was the only network show in the category and produced at least 10 episodes more than each of its competitors. Should the length of a season be something Emmy voters take into account? “No,” says Robert King, cocreator of The Good Wife with his wife Michelle King. “Look, we gripe about it because it’s hard work and we get two weeks a year off. But the bottom line is, it still comes down to the show. Do you enjoy the show or do you not? I’m kinda thrilled that there’s a paradigm changing, that you can do 10 episodes or 13 episodes. I’m a TV fan. Really, they should judge it on the quality of the episodes, no matter how many episodes were written or shot.”

To that end, if Emmy voters need to be reminded why The Good Wife, which wrapped its third season in April, is still one of TV’s best dramas, they need only revisit one episode, “Blue Ribbon Panel.” It’s an hour written by the Kings that masterfully weaves together office politics, as Eli (Alan Cumming), Julius (Michael Boatman) and David (Zach Grenier) maneuver to replace suspended Will (Josh Charles) as name partner and fail; the ongoing investigation into Kalinda’s (Archie Panjabi) finances, which leads back to FBI agent Lana Delaney (Jill Flint); Alicia (Julianna Margulies) serving as the token woman on a panel investigating a police shooting alongside Mike Kresteva (guest star Matthew Perry), the man who would later announce he was running for governor against her husband, Peter (Chris Noth); and flashbacks to moments in the Florricks’ old house, which Alicia was trying to buy back (only her mother-in-law Jackie, played by Mary Beth Peil, outbid her). Watch a clip below as the Kings take us inside the episode. READ FULL STORY

TV's top time-period battles this fall

With the fall TV schedule now complete (below), we get to step back and take a look at the hellish battleground that broadcast hath wrought. There’s some very tough-to-predict match-ups this fall:*

Tim Allen vs. Whitney Cummings (Fridays, 8-9): “No, my show’s lamer!” ABC and NBC have their low-expectations comedies airing on Fridays this fall, and they might run head-to-head depending on when NBC launches (ABC’s comedies premiere in November). NBC has Whitney and Community and ABC has Last Man Standing and new comedy Malibu Country. (Community fans, if your ass beat by Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, we have no words for you). At least 9 p.m. shows Shark Tank and Grimm will have half-way decent lead-ins for once. Our prediction: Edge goes to ABC.

Britney Spears vs. Christina ‪Aguilera‬: OK, so one this is kind of a cheat. The Voice and X Factor won’t air on the same nights, let along in the same time period. But if you think their lack of head-to-head scheduling will matter to the media, you deserve to be hit, baby, one more time. Everybody will obsess over how these two compare. NBC’s The Voice has the wind at its back, averaging 6.2 in the adult demo this season compared to X Factor‘s 4.4. We all want to see how Spears handles the reality show spotlight, but many wonder if she can pull off being entertaining and analytical. Mark Burnett cast The Voice with big names who are charismatic and have the cojones to criticize a singer. Simon Cowell seems to like big names — who are just big names. Prediction: You can’t hold down Xtina. READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' season finale postmortem: Creators tease what's next (with a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' reference)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t yet seen tonight’s season finale of The Good Wife stop reading now. We asked creators Robert and Michelle King to dissect the hour, which Robert directed, and tease where we’re headed in season 4.  READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife': Josh Charles talks Sunday's season finale, a special night on set, and his obsession with Howard Lyman

On Sunday, CBS’ The Good Wife closes its third season with a finale directed by co-creator Robert King. As fans can tell from the promo, it’s a tense hour for Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) as Kalinda’s past catches up to her, and also for Diane (Christine Baranski) and Will (Josh Charles) as the “dream team” Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) and Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton) unite to bankrupt Lockhart/Gardner. And yet, somehow, the episode could also be the most fun hour of season 3 thanks to the cunning Canning and Nyholm and the havoc they wreak. “I appreciated some of the comedy in it, the farcical quality of everybody bumping into each other,” Charles laughs, when asked how he felt first reading the script. He phoned us earlier this week at 1 a.m. from Paris, where he’s currently shooting the film Bird People with Lady Chatterley director Pascale Ferran, to dish on the finale and his hopes for season 4. (UPDATE: If you’ve seen the finale, read our postmortem with creators Robert and Michelle King.) READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' creators on last night's steamy Kalinda scene

On last night’s episode of The Good Wife, FBI agent Lana Delaney (Jill Flint) turned up the heat on Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) by talking to Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter) about the work Kalinda’s done for him, but it was Kalinda who turned up the heat on CBS Standards & Practices with the scene in which she confronted Lana about it. Watch the scene in question below.
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'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Private Practice,' 'Good Wife,' 'Bones': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s finale season, so much like in my personal life, I don’t have time for foreplay. (Dear God, I’m going to stop typing now.)

E-mail all requests to spoileroom@ew.com or find me on Twitter. See you next week — and hopefully by then I will have seen a professional about my severe case of word vomit.

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'Good Wife' promo: Chris Noth vs. Matthew Perry

If there was any doubt that casting Matthew Perry as a bad guy was a smart move by the producers of The Good Wife, it’s erased in the newly released promo teasing the season’s final three episodes. “How do you keep an ambitious man from running? Tell him you’ll go after his family, with everything you got,” Perry’s Mike Kresteva tells Peter (Chris Noth), whose bid for governor has Alicia’s blessing. We love it anytime Peter threatens someone, but it sounds like Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is the one who might lose if this battle comes to blows.

The reveals don’t stop there. SPOILER ALERT: Cary (Matt Czuchry) will return to Lockhart Gardner, and Jackie (Mary Beth Peil) ends up in the hospital. Let’s hope Alicia doesn’t put her there when she confronts her about buying the house.

Watch the promo below. The Good Wife returns April 15. In addition to Perry, the episode features guest star Parker Posey, who recurs as Eli’s ex, Vanessa Gold.

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'The Good Wife' scoop: Matthew Perry joins as...

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Huge Good Wife news: Matthew Perry is joining the CBS legal drama in a recurring role.

The Friends star will play an attorney from Chicago named Mike who’s heading up a blue-ribbon panel in charge of investigating a police shooting. While Mike is described as “ultra-charming,” he won’t have an easy time winning over Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), who thinks his interest is more political than truth-seeking.

“No one skates as effortlessly between drama and comedy as Matthew Perry, so we’re especially thrilled to have him on the show,” Good Wife co-creators and exec producers Robert and Michelle King told EW in a statement. “We’re huge, huge fans, and are nearly giddy over what he can do with the role.” READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries,' 'Teen Wolf', 'The Good Wife' stars on what's to come in Spoiler Room Video Edition

The bounty from my travels down South continue to produce. Just check out this week’s Spoiler Room Video Edition.

In this episode, Nina Dobrev opens up about tomorrow’s episode of The Vampire Diaries and the inner-workings of Elena’s mind. (Also, be sure to check out what they all had to say in this week’s super-sexy cover feature.) And Tyler Posey let me inside his trailer for a little one-on-one scoopage about the upcoming season of  Teen Wolf. (New season doesn’t start until the summer, but there’s nothing wrong with getting excited now!) And last — but certainly not least — Archie Panjabi teases what’s next for Cary and Kalinda on The Good Wife. (Speculation: Is another kiss on the way?) READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' ratings top Sunday entertainment shows

The magic is still with ABC: Once Upon a Time led all non-sports shows Sunday night in the ratings.

Though NBC won the night, thanks to the Pro Bowl NFL game, ABC’s Once Upon (10.8 million viewers, 3.4 adults 18-49 rating) rose 6 percent and had its most-watched episode in 11 weeks. The fantasy drama led into a Hallmark movie that was actually called A Smile as Big as the Moon (6.9 million, 1.5). READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' casting scoop: Show looking for actor to play Kalinda's [spoiler]!

If Kalinda didn’t already have a lot on her plate, something tells us things are about to get a lot more complicated.

The show’s lovely resident badass Archie Panjabi spilled to EW exclusively that an upcoming episode will introduce viewers to none other than Kalinda’s husband!

“In the next few episodes, Kalinda gets investigated by the IRS and just as the relationship between Alicia and Kalinda is starting to become warm again and [Kalinda] is starting to open up, her husband shows up,” teased Panjabi. READ FULL STORY

'Good Wife' star Graham Phillips talks Zach's love life, his Sundance movie, and the costar who wrote him a college recommendation letter

This Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife reveals something even 18-year-old actor Graham Phillips, who plays Alicia and Peter’s son Zach, didn’t know about his character: He’s been dating Nisa (guest star Rachel Hilson) all this time. Sorry, Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele)! Both Alicia and Jackie will grow concerned that Zach has been spending too much time with Nisa and suggest the teens slow down. “He reminds me a lot of Peter in this episode, in the way that he’s very manipulative,” Phillips says. “He pits Jackie and Alicia against each other, and he uses their mutual hatred. You get a glimpse of his sort of Machiavellian way of getting his way. It’s kinda fun to see Zach play the system.”  READ FULL STORY

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