“The Good Wife” ends its seven-season run on CBS when the series finale airs Sunday, May 8. Earning back-to-back bids as Best Drama Series at the Emmy Awards for its first two seasons (2010 and 2011), the show seemed as though it’d be a powerhouse each year. Instead, it failed to reap a third nomination despite a steady stream of acting nominations over the years. But like “Breaking Bad” in 2014 and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) last year, might “The Good Wife” and/or Julianna Margulies earn goodbye hugs from the Emmys in their final year of eligibility?
It’s worth noting that when “Breaking Bad” got its own farewell win in 2014, it was already the throne-holder, having won the same award the previous year and scoring nominations for all of its seasons except the first. Similarly, when Hamm won in 2015 for his work in the last season of “Mad Men,” it was his eighth consecutive nomination in the role and came packaged in a widely discussed narrative of the show having never won an acting award despite multiple noms and four wins for the series.
Even though “The Good Wife” has failed to earn itself a nomination in its last four seasons, there is hope. Just last year NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” was welcomed back to the Best Comedy Series lineup for its final hurrah after being snubbed the three years prior. Despite Margulies’ snub last year for Best Drama Actress, don’t count her out either as she’s a two-time winner in the role of Alicia Florrick, having taken home the prize in the show’s second (2011) and fifth (2014) seasons.
If the show itself does miss out on a nomination, it may find solace in the various acting races. Aside from Margulies’ success, “The Good Wife” has been a perennial nominee in the Supporting Actor and Actress fields and this year the previously nominated Alan Cumming and Christine Baranski are both back and could finally win. Also watch out for Chris Noth and Emmy favorite Margo Martindale to earn supporting bids and countless guest stars to contend, including Blair Underwood.