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InsideTV Podcast: Angie from 'Survivor' talks about being clapped at by Jeff Probst

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In most circumstances, clapping is something one does to show approval of someone else’s actions — like when a person throws a touchdown pass or nails a ballet recital. But that’s not what it meant when Survivor’s Jeff Probst clapped at poor Angie Layton during Tribal Council after she talked about wanting cookies. No, Jeff’s repeated palm strikes — while accompanied by an admonishment to “Wake up!” was something else altogether. And I asked Angie just how she felt about that treatment on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. I also asked her how she felt about Russell Swan condescendingly referring to her as “little girl” at last night’s Tribal Council. Oh, and then there’s Roxy! Angie has plenty to say about Roxy. You’ll be treated to all that and more —like whether she and Malcolm really were a couple or not — by clicking on the audio player icon below.

But we’re talking much more than just Survivor. Jessica Shaw joins me to chat about the new season of The Good Wife. How are we feeling about the appearance of Kalinda’s husband? Why are we totally digging Nathan Lane as the firm’s new trustee? And what can we tell you about Maura Tierney’s debut on the show this coming Sunday? We’ve seen the next two episodes so can tell you plenty! (If you want to skip straight to The Good Wife discussion, it begins at 20:30.)

Then we call in dancing fool Annie Barrett to break down the new season of the somewhat repetitively titled Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars. Ratings for the show are down sharply, but Annie tells us why she is loving the new (meaning old) cast of returnees. And she puts her prognosticating prowess on the line by picking a winner. (The DWTS chat starts at 32:30.) READ FULL STORY

'Good Wife' co-creator Robert King teases what's to come this season

The Good Wife returns Sunday night (CBS, 9 p.m. ET), and while we’re all eager to meet Kalinda’s estranged husband Nick (check out our scoop on him here, and find out who was behind the door in the clip below), there’s more to look forward to in season 4.

• The arrival of Nathan Lane. We’ll also meet his recurring character, the firm’s appointed trustee Clarke Hayden, in the season premiere. “He becomes a foil to everyone, but primarily Diane and Will,” co-creator Robert King says. “We’ve been studying a lot about law firm bankruptcies, and when you want to restructure to give yourself relief from your creditors, sometimes a bank or court will order in a trustee. A trustee is someone who represents the creditors’ interest, and he or she is brought in above the managers, or the partners in this case. He basically can veto any decisions of the partners.” It’s an especially interesting time for Will, who’ll be practicing again now that his suspension is over. “Because they are in this kind of bankruptcy limbo where they have to make a certain amount to pay off the creditors in a certain amount of time, it’s a very bad time to find a conscience. Just like we’re all struggling with that in this economy: How much do you let your ethics lead, and how much do you let your pragmatism lead? Will’s gonna be struggling with that almost daily.” And don’t forget about David Lee. “David Lee’s someone who has new clout given this bankruptcy and the fact that family law is doing so well. Given the world of Lockhart Gardner and how much it’s struggling, David Lee is a commodity and will have a lot of confrontations with the Nathan Lane character.” READ FULL STORY

'Good Wife' casting: 'West Wing' star is Alicia's mom -- EXCLUSIVE

What actress is strong enough to play Alicia’s mom on The Good Wife?

How about a former First Lady? Stockard Channing has been cast in the CBS drama as the mother of Julianna Margulies’ character. Channing will appear in at least one episode during the upcoming fourth season. Alicia’s mother is described as mercurial and influenced by her 1960s counterculture youth.

Best known for her role as First Lady Abbey Bartlet on NBC’s The West Wing, Channing has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, such as the original 1978 Grease (Rizzo!) and her own Stockard Channing Show in 1980. The Good Wife returns to CBS this Sunday, Sept. 30.

Christina Ricci to guest on 'Good Wife'

With Christina Ricci’s Pan Am having crashed at ABC, the actress is landing on another Sunday night show next season.

In her first announced TV gig since the ABC drama, CBS says Ricci will guest star on an upcoming episode of The Good Wife. The actress will play a controversial comedienne needing the help of Julianna Margulies’ law firm on the show.

The CBS drama, returning Sept. 30, recently saw the exit of new hire Kristin Chenoweth from the set after the actress was injured by a piece of falling lighting equipment.

'The Good Wife': Archie Panjabi and the Kings talk the 'risky' business of Kalinda's husband


CBS has released a juicy promo for The Good Wife‘s Sept. 30 return in which we see Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and her estranged husband Nick (British actor Marc Warren) get handsy — both in the bedroom and at the office (fight scene!). Watch it below. You definitely see why creators Robert and Michelle King have referenced Fifty Shades of Grey when talking about the relationship. Chatting recently with EW, Panjabi admitted she’s both excited and nervous to see how the audience reacts to it. “I think Marc and I as actors have made risky choices with risky material,” she says. “It’s interesting, it’s sexy, it’s edgy, it’s dangerous, it’s violent, it’s intimate. It’s so many different things rolled into one.” READ FULL STORY

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.


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’ scoop: Kristin Chenoweth joins the drama
‘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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Emmy Watch: ‘Good Wife’ star Archie Panjabi talks Kalinda’s sexual manipulation, ‘Who shot JR?’ moment
Emmy Watch: ‘The Good Wife’ creators talk the drama (and fun) of ‘Blue Ribbon Panel’

'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.

‘Good Wife’ scoop: Kristin Chenoweth joins the drama
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

Emmy Watch: ‘Good Wife’ star Archie Panjabi talks Kalinda’s sexual manipulation, ‘Who shot JR?’ moment
Emmy Watch: ‘The Good Wife’ creators talk the drama (and fun) of ‘Blue Ribbon Panel’

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


Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, 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, 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


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