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Is there really a 'Good Wife'/'Fringe' Red Vines conspiracy?

Is Fringe‘s Walter Bishop getting legal advice from The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick? It could happen in a parallel universe, but what are the chances we’ll see a crossover episode in this dimension? Some TV conspiracy theorists think they’ve found the hidden sign that points to yes — Red Vines. Beth Kushnick, set decorator for The Good Wife, sets the record straight on the candy connection.

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Kristin Chenoweth exits 'The Good Wife,' cites injury

Kristin Chenoweth has opted to bow out of filming more episodes of The Good Wife as she continues to heal from injuries sustained on set, EW has confirmed.

The actress, who joined the CBS drama on a recurring basis in June, says in a statement: “It is with deep regret to inform everyone that due to my injuries, I am unable to return to The Good Wife at this time.  Getting better slowly and thank you everyone for your concern.”

Chenoweth, 44, was injured on set in July after a piece of lighting equipment fell and struck her. She was treated at the hospital and later released, but has as recently as last week addressed her continued struggle with recovery.

She is set to appear in the season opener for the series (airing Sept. 30) as a reporter who covers Peter’s campaign.

People was the first to report the news of her departure.

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Kristin Chenoweth injured on 'The Good Wife' set

Kristin Chenoweth was injured on the set of The Good Wife on Wednesday. “This afternoon, while filming a scene for The Good Wife in Brooklyn, a gust of wind blew a lighting silk out of place striking actress Kristin Chenoweth,” a statement from CBS Television Studios confirms. “She received treatment on the scene by the show’s medic until a New York Fire Department emergency medical team arrived and transported her to the hospital. All of us at the studio and the show are thinking about Kristin and wishing her a quick recovery.”

A fire department spokesman told the Associated Press a woman at that Brooklyn location suffered minor injuries, but he wouldn’t identify her.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Chenoweth’s rep issued a statement saying, “Kristin has been released from the hospital and is home recovering. She thanks everyone for their prayers and well wishes.”

Chenoweth will have a recurring role on The Good Wife this fall, debuting in the season 4 premiere. She plays a reporter covering Peter Florrick’s campaign with an itch to also dig into his marriage with Alicia.

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‘Good Wife’ casts Amanda Peet

'The Good Wife' casts Amanda Peet

This is a nice way to bounce back from the cancellation of NBC’s Bent: Amanda Peet will guest star on CBS’ The Good Wife this fall in a multi-episode arc. She’ll play a military lawyer who hires Alicia to help her sue a contract worker for attempted sexual assault. Peet’s character and Alicia then become friends.

The Good Wife has been in production on season 4 since the end of June, and the casting office has been busy. In addition to Peet, Maura Tierney, Nathan Lane, and Kristin Chenoweth have been tapped to recur. British actor Marc Warren (Hustle) won the coveted role of Kalinda’s husband.

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'The Good Wife': Nathan Lane joins season 4

It’s been a busy few days in The Good Wife casting office, and the latest actor to score a role on the show’s upcoming fourth season is Nathan Lane. He will appear on a recurring basis and make his debut in September’s season premiere.

Lane will play “a bottom line-obsessed manager imposed on Lockhart & Gardner by the bank to cut costs” and will help get the firm back in financial shape. His arrival will ruffle feathers at the firm —  mostly those of Will and Diane.

Lane’s casting is the fourth such announcement his week to come out of the show. On Monday it was announced that ER actress Maura Tierney and British actor Marc Warren would be appearing in the season premiere, the latter as Kalinda’s manipulative ex-husband. And yesterday Kristin Chenoweth joined the cast in a recurring role.

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Maura Tierney joins ‘The Good Wife’

Maura Tierney joins 'The Good Wife'

Former ER and Rescue Me actress Maura Tierney has joined CBS’ The Good Wife.

The actress has landed a recurring role in the fourth season of the show along with British actor Marc Warren (Hustle).

Warren will play Kalinda’s (Archie Panjabi) “manipulative ex-husband, to whom she has an attraction that she finds impossible to ignore.” Tierney’s role is described by the network as a “self-made millionaire who has become the doyenne* of Chicago Democratic politics.” Both characters will be introduced in the show’s September season premiere.

* Doyenne [noun]: A woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field

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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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