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September 30, 2015 at 9:18 pm #363138
It’s almost time!
The seventh season premiere of “The Good Wife” airs on Sunday, October 4, 2015 @ 9 PM ET on CBS.
The Good Wife: Julianna Margulies Previews Alicia’s New Frenemy and Peter’s Campaign
September 30, 2015
The Good Wife returns for its seventh season Sunday,
and viewers will see an Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) they
haven’t before. It’s clear that
she has not (yet) accepted the offer to partner with Michael J. Fox’s
Louis Canning, who continues to try to woo her.
needs to make some money, and no law firm will hire her. So in the
premiere, you see her go to bond court,” Margulies says. The welcome
isn’t a warm one. “At first, [the other lawyers] are very hostile
towards me. Everyone just assumes she’s too snobby. … The judge won’t
even entertain the fact that she’s in the courtroom.”
then, another female lawyer, Lucca Quinn, played by new series regular
Cush Jumbo, decides to play nice and teach her the ropes. “She has this
incredible ease about her that I think Alicia wishes she had,” Margulies
says. Jumbo describes the two as “frenemies,” but while they’ll have
their ups-and-downs and trust issues, Lucca knows that Alicia isn’t cut
out for the $135-a-case assembly-line bond court and could be an
preview also shows that Alicia’s daughter, Grace (Makenzie Vega), will
serve as her unofficial assistant as she tries to start her own law firm
in her home—and that Alicia’s relationship with Peter (Chris Noth) is
as complicated as ever. Now the governor of Illinois, he’s about to
enter the presidential race in the hopes of becoming Hillary Clinton’s
pick for veep, which means he needs his dutiful wife by his side. “The
campaign is hilarious because we have the fabulous Margo Martindale, who
is playing Peter’s campaign manager,” Margulies says. “Eli Gold is
playing Alicia’s campaign manager as First Lady.”
That could hint at why Eli (Alan Cumming)is seen yelling at Peter in the latest promo for the show’s Oct. 4 return, and why The Good Wife
creators Robert and Michelle King told Yahoo TV that Martindale’s Ruth
Eastman—seen in action in the preview—will have “a real battle” with
really wanted him to have a challenge, a character who could stand up
to him and be just as strong as he was,” Robert said. “There are
probably a handful of people who work in TV that you could imagine going
toe-to-toe with Alan Cumming and coming out the victor—and one was
Margo Martindale. She also brings this great new comic and dramatic
energy—kind of what she did with Justified. That character
[Season 2’s Mags Bennett, which won Martindale an Emmy] was the most
powerful character I’d seen on TV in a long time, and yet she always had
one leg in the comic, too. So we’re getting some of that from Margo
For those wondering, Jeffrey Dean Morgan makes his debut as private
investigator Jason Crouse in the season’s second episode, airing Oct.
The Good Wife Season 7 premieres Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. on CBS.September 30, 2015 at 9:25 pm #363140
The Good Wife: Vanessa Williams to Recur as Love Interest for Eli
September 21, 2015
by Matt Webb Mitovich
Vanessa Williams is joining CBS’ The Good Wife in a recurring role, TVLine has learned.
the Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet video, Alan Cumming—who
this year was again nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama—told
TVLine’s Michael Ausiello that the former Ugly Betty scene stealer will appear in multiple episodes as a love interest for his character, Eli Gold.
(So, he has moved on from Betty aka America Ferrera to Wilhelmina….?)
The Good Wife opens Season 7 on Sunday, Oct. 4.
The Good Wife Adds Peter Gallagher in a Recurring Role
The Hollywood Reporter
August 7, 2015
by Kate Stanhope
The Good Wife’s cast just keeps growing.
Peter Gallagher has joined the CBS legal drama in a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
will play Irving Carver, a witty and sophisticated attorney who has
been dispatched to Lockhart/Agos/Lee by his client, conservative
billionaire Reese Dipple (recurring guest Oliver Platt). Irving favors a
civilized and intelligent debate over bullying but is not afraid to do
whatever it takes to make sure the firm is pushing his client’s agenda
recurred last season on the series, sharing many scenes with Diane
(Christine Baranski). However, he is now a series regular on the
freshman NBC medical drama Chicago Med.
and co-showrunners Robert and Michelle King revealed to THR in an
interview in May that they had a backup plan if Platt was unable to
return in season seven.
was this wonderful relationship we saw being developed in the later
half of the year with Christine Baranski’s character, Diane, and Oliver
Platt. We’re going to either develop that relationship more or bring in
someone from Oliver Platt’s world that will continue that relationship
with Diane,” said Robert King.
joins Margo Martindale and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as new additions for the
upcoming season. The series recently said farewell to three series
regulars: Archie Panjabi, Matthew Goode, and Makenzie Vega. Vega will
continue to appear in a recurring role.
Gallagher recurred on the most recent season of Law & Order: SVU. His other credits include Covert Affairs and The O.C.
The Good Wife’s new season premieres at Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. on CBS.September 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm #363141
The Good Wife May Explore Alicia’s Alcoholic Tendencies in Season 7
Michael Ausiello /
September 28 2015, 3:37 PM PDT
Her name is Alicia Florrick. And it appears she is, in fact, an alcoholic.
In an interview with CBS’ Sunday Morning, Good Wife
leading lady Julianna Margulies revealed that her character’s fondness
for pinot noir may soon become more than just a running joke.
“I think Alicia might have a drinking problem,” the Emmy winner told
Jane Pauley. “She’s lonely. And I think wine is numbing her out a little
bit. And I think that’s something we might address in Season 7.”September 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm #363142
I’m going to watch it, but I’m really hoping they pick it up after dropping the ball last year. They took the series out of the courtroom onto the campaign trail and everything just fizzled. I felt like I was watching two series, one with Diane and Kalinda trying to get Cary freed, and the other with Alicia’s campaign.
Backstage drama or not, the series also squandered Archie Panjabi, something I hope they can rectify before the end of the series, whether it be in a guest appearance or a spinoff (everyone wants Carrie Preston’s Lisbeth in a spinoff, but I think a Kalinda spinoff would be soo much better).
On the upside, I’m very excited to see Margo Martindale and Alan Cumming go toe-to-toe. I’m also eager to see how they address Alicia’s affinity for wine. Not looking forward to Michael J. Fox’s storyline – and that’s not because of him; he’s a terrific actor – because I feel like Canning has serves his purpose and they had the perfect opportunity to bring it to a close last season.
Speaking of the end of the series, any word on if this upcoming seventh season is the last?September 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm #363143
I feel like if this is the last it would have been announced by now. I don’t think CBS would treat this show with a surprise announcement mid season. Excited for it to come back!October 1, 2015 at 5:51 am #363145
I think I was a bigger fan of last season than most on here, although the campaign did end up wearing out its welcome and I cringed when Peter announced that he was running for President in the hopes of becoming Vice President in the season finale. While a lot of the recent casting has been really exciting, I get the impression that Peter’s campaign and Alicia’s career restart will push Lockhart / Agos / Lee further into the background, and the series will continue to squander the talents of Baranski, Czuchry and even Zach Grenier. I hope that’s not the case, and they manage to bring this tremendous ensemble together more frequently than they did last season.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 1, 2015 at 7:54 am #363146
I’m afraid Diane, Cary and David Lee will get sidelined again. But the fact that Peter Gallagher is cast for Lockhart, Agos and Lee storyline is a good sign. They need to do an episode that mainly focuses on this firm once in a while instead of having them appear at a minimum on a regular basis.
And with all the guest stars cast specifically for Eli, Alan Cumming is likely to have the best material in years. He could easily get back in the race again after last year’s unexpected nomination. And Margo Martindale is a lock for guest actress unless her number of episode appearances exceed the guest limits. Still, she would be a viable contender as a supporting actress.
Now that Vanessa Williams is here, maybe it’s time to bring America Ferrera back and have a little Ugly Betty reunion.October 1, 2015 at 9:23 am #363147
Always excited for more Good Wife. Going to definitely miss Kalinda, but there is always enough going on in all the storylines that I never feel underwhelmed. So many guest stars this year, and I can’t imagine that they’ll all be there for more than one or two episodes.
Come participate in this year's Goldderby Rankings! http://www.goldderby.com/forum/movies/2017-goldderby-rankings/October 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm #363148
This should be the show’s last season. It feels like they are wrapping up. They’ve always said it’s a 7-season show. Plus with the Kings starting a new show next season, along with Alan Cumming, it seems like it’s going to end.October 4, 2015 at 1:15 am #363149
Episode Title: “Bond”
Synopsis: As Alicia tries to revive her struggling law career, attorney Lucca
Quinn becomes her competition; Peter engages a new strategist for his
campaign, changing the dynamic with Eli in the process.
Guest Stars: Jerry Adler, Danny Burstein, Chris Butler, Jane Curtin, Michael J. Fox, Zach Grenier, Cush Jumbo, Margo Martindale, Christopher McDonald, Mo Rocca, Makenzie Vega
Discuss.October 4, 2015 at 2:38 am #363150
Zach Grenier is guest again?October 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm #363151
Zach Grenier is guest again?
He is still a series regular, according to the official CBS press release:
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 4, 2015 at 12:42 pm #363152
Good Wife” Reloads For Seventh Season With Eye on Politics, Redemption
Courtesy of CBS
October 2, 2015 | 07:15 AM PT
TV Columnist @blowryontv
Good Wife” doesn’t return so much as reload, inaugurating its seventh season on
Oct. 4 by introducing several strong characters. They are coupled with the
usual assortment of guest stars, along with name-dropping Hillary Clinton and
tying into the current presidential campaign. Funny, smart, and more serialized
than most CBS dramas, the series remains a minor miracle in this balkanized
age, straddling the line between ambitious cable fare and network series that,
at least this fall, look determined to party like it’s 1995.
After her own thwarted foray into politics, Alicia
Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is eager to get back to practicing law, but the
taint on her name has forced her to scrounge for clients. Despite overtures
from the morally questionable Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) to join him, she
begins working at the bond court, assisting arrestees who are seeking bail,
much to the chagrin of the judge (guest Christopher McDonald). There, she also
meets a young, hungry attorney (Cush Jumbo) who becomes her de facto guide to
working the system.
At the same time, Alicia’s husband Peter (Chris Noth) is
exploring a presidential bid, not with any hopes of winning but rather to
establish himself as a likely running mate for Clinton. But that warrants
bringing in a high-powered consultant (the ubiquitous Margo Martindale), much
to the chagrin of Peter’s easily riled strategist Eli Gold (Alan Cumming).
Giving Cumming more material to work with is never a bad
idea, but the tangential relationship with the current real-life primaries
feels a trifle thorny, and perhaps a bit too precious for its own good.
Fortunately, these episodes (the first written by showrunners Robert and
Michelle King) are awash in wholly fictional intrigue and amusement, including
Alicia’s search for a new investigator. The candidates, starting in the second
episode, include Jason Crouse, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan essentially reprising
the role he played in the second season of CBS’ “Extant,” only with much, much
Throw in further intramural warfare among Alicia’s former
colleagues at Lockhart, Agos, & Lee, and there’s plenty happening, and seemingly
more than enough star power to offset some of the recent cast losses. That
feels like a bit of a relief, frankly, after last season’s rather flat ending,
which included the awkwardly handled exit of Archie Panjabi. Then again, part
of the show’s fun is its habit of capitalizing on its prestige to attract
topnotch guest stars, which in the early going also includes Jane Curtin as a
judge who can’t quite stop laughing at the notion of an “industrial suction
expert” testifying in her court.
Tellingly, the series comes back on a night that features
a veritable logjam of cable dramas, including new flights of “The Leftovers”
and “Homeland” and “The Strain’s” season finale. While “The Good Wife’s” days
of being a rather lonely warrior carrying network TV’s banner in the major
awards competition are probably behind it, if this opening salvo is any guide,
that doesn’t mean this classy series has lost any of its goodness.