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Could the Margulies snub spell the end for THE GOOD WIFE?

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  • theproblemdog
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    Every spring before the network upfronts, ratings tracking websites such as TV By the Numbers have The Good Wife on the bubble for renewal due to its relatively poor ratings. However, they often cite the show’s critical acclaim and awards prowess as the reason that CBS has kept the show going for now five seasons. But now that the Emmys have dropped The Good Wife from both series and surprisingly lead actress, could CBS realize that they’ve lost major awards attention and cut their losses? Might this fifth season be The Good Wife’s last? Sound off in the comments about your ideas of why or why not The Good Wife might stick around a bit longer.

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    Riley
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    #292301

    Of course this is the final season of The Good Wife, per its ratings, but I feel like I say that every year.

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    iveriver
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    #292302

    I just realized both of you have similar names.

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    TVFan365
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    ^LOL

    I give it 7 seasons (2 more seasons after this upcoming one). CBS tends to do that with their shows that are aready popular but not as popular as they want it to be (Without A Trace, Cold Case, the last two seasons of Medium?)

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    The Good Wife has been in decline for a while now. I was more surprised to see people surprised that the show was losing populairty with the Emmys than the actual snub. I predicted Margulies, and I thought the show was till popular enough in the acting branch to get her in, but the erosion in support has been happening for a while now. I do think this is Baranski’s last nomination for the show, and that it will only get in guest categories next year (and since Fox isn’t coming back, they might even miss out on one of those).
    I thought it was somewhat possible, but wrote it off based on a strong season and her recent winner status, but some knew this was a possibility. I expect the loss of buzz to affect GG and SAG as well. 

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    Atypical
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    I don’t think the show’s in peril for cancellation just b/c of some Emmy slights. They may get back in the fold next year, or they could decline even more in voters’ estimations. No one can tell the future. But the show itself is reaching that magic syndication number, so just for that, “The Good Wife” should be fine for at least another season after this current one. Seven seasons would be great and fitting for a series like this, but six seasons is better than nothing, and it’s more than many wrongfully thought this series could aspire toward.

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    Slam
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    Hard to say. “The Good Wife” still got more Emmy nominations this year than any other primetime drama from the top networks. And Margulies has still been nominated for SAG and Globe for each eligible year…..

    Also, Margulies isn’t necessarily gone for good from the Emmy race. There are a few nominees in Lead Actress – Drama, that could fall off next year.

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    I don’t think it’s ratings are terrible, they’re not amazing, but they’re solid! And it’s critical acclaim will keep it going! Yes, the Emmys dropped a lot of the nominations, but it still got five, including 4 acting awards! I’m hoping for more nominations next year, but obviously not holding out a lot of hope!

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    Margulies is gone for good.  She lost out to three supporting performances, Nashville and an A&E horror show that resulted in a tie.  They had ample opportunity to vote for her and really chose not to.

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    Who? Britton? Because all of the other girls will likely be back next year and she’s the only one I think could miss, unless one of their shows face a huge backlash. I don’t buy Margulies coming back. I don’t think it was a fluke. To go from previous winner to out of a line-up of seven almost takes effort. The show has been losing nominations every year, and being the most nominated network drama doesn’t mean that much and all of your nominations come for acting. This show is losing support, and I don’t think Margulies can come back when all of the ladies this year will be eligible next year and new contenders are bound to arrive. I like The Good Wife and I like Margulies in the show, but I don’t see it happening.

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    I think Marguiles could return but as we all know the Drama Lead Actress category is always competitive.
    I see Marguiles returning possibly once if next season is indeed the last one but definitely not a lot of love for the show and a Baranski snub.
    If TGW does reach 7 seasons we won’t see it nominated.

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    vinny
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    I think it has a couple of more seasons left in it. Look how long ER lasted.

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    Margulies could return to that line-up. I don’t see all seven of these current nominees coming back. We won’t know until next year if this snub was a fluke or not, but I don’t see her being dropped for good.

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    But the show itself is reaching that magic syndication number, so just for that, “The Good Wife” should be fine for at least anotther season after this current one. Seven seasons would be great and fitting for a series like this, but six seasons is better than nothing, and it’s more than many wrongfully thought this series could aspire toward.

    Many cite 88 episodes as the “magic” syndication number, and the show has now reached 90 episodes, so I really don’t feel like CBS will feel the need to continue much further than the upcoming season that they’ve already ordered. It’s possible that they might go for shortened orders to plop in at midseason over the next couple of years, but the ratings are so low that I can’t imagine powerhouse CBS to go for 7 full seasons before they end it.  If I remember correctly, The Good Wife was the lowest rated non-Friday drama last year on CBS, aside from Golden Boy, which was a disaster. So knowing that, it’s possible that we get 13 episodes for season 6 and maybe 7 to eek out any remaining Emmy noms, but I kind of doubt it.

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    I think it has a couple of more seasons left in it. Look how long ER lasted.

    But ER was THE ratings juggernaut of the 1990s, and it still managed to be a Top 30 show through Season 12.

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