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'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

CBS defends 'Talk' firings, 'Good Wife' time slot

CBS defended axing hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini from The Talk and the decision to move critical darling The Good Wife to Sunday nights at the network’s press tour presentation in Pasadena on Wednesday.

The network dropped Peete and Remini from the daytime panel chat show in August and replaced them with Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler. A critic asked entertainment president Nina Tassler about the move, citing Talk cohost Julie Chen, who is married to CBS CEO Les Moonves. Early reports suggested that Chen orchestrated the ousters, but CBS has vigorously denied the claims.

Tassler wouldn’t touch the issue of Chen, but defended the move. “Any show in its first season goes through multiple changes,” she said. “We were looking at a dynamic, we were looking at the quality of the commentary and we saw an opportunity [to improve the show]. The ratings have stayed virtually the same. The format may continue to evolve over time. Other talk shows have had host changes and survived as well. The most important part was the content and that the discussions have stayed spirited.”  READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' cast and creators chat about the series at TimesTalks event

In a parallel universe The Good Wife films on a sun-drenched studio lot in L.A. and stars someone other than Julianna Margulies. It turns out that Robert and Michelle King, the writing duo behind the much-loved CBS drama, originally planned to shoot the series in L.A. or Vancouver. But their top pick to play scorned wife Alicia Florrick, Julianna Margulies, wouldn’t leave her native New York for the role. “Good luck with that,” she told them. So the Kings agreed to make some adjustments to get the actress to sign on.

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'The Good Wife' teaser: It's going to get interesting

“Do you ever get the feeling we’re losing control?” says Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, in an upcoming episode of The Good Wife.

It’s been almost two weeks since the show capped its 2011 with a lot of question marks about Will, Alicia, and Peter. Starting Jan. 8, the show returns with four straight new episodes that can start to provide some answers. The new teaser promises to be “Better Than Ever.” You be the judge. READ FULL STORY

Football clobbers, but 'The Good Wife,' 'Once Upon a Time' survive

The battle for first place in the NFC gave NBC a huge win on Thursday: The showdown between the Giants and the Cowboys earned a 6.9 rating/17 share in the key demographic and 18.6 million viewers, according to early estimates.

CBS — buoyed by its own Raiders-Packers game earlier in the day — came in second in the demo (3.2/8), with the combination of 60 Minutes and The Amazing Race finale from 8:30 to 9:30 earning a 3.2/8. In fact, the NFL overrun pushed everything back for the night, so the rest of Race encroached in the 9 p.m. hour, so it combined with The Good Wife earned a 2.4/5, while Wife with CSI: Miami posted a 2.0/5. READ FULL STORY

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