News Nuggets: Is ‘The Good Wife’ even better this season than last?

Matt Roush answers viewer questions about several shows and says that “The Good Wife” had a “sensational” season opener. He adds that “it’s rare for a show to peak” in later seasons, comparing it to both “Breaking Bad” and “The Shield.” With cable shows producing far less episodes, it is even more impressive how this CBS legal drama does it for 22 episodes per season. In August, the star Julianna Margulies won her second Emmy Award as Best Drama Actress. Roush also discusses “Parenthood,” “Gotham,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Castle, “Scorpion,” “NCIS,” and “Chicago Fire.” TV Guide

Robert Bianco proclaims Jeffrey Tambor as “transcendent” in the new Amazon streaming comedy “Transparent.” The full first season made its debut on Friday and might be one of the early strong contenders for the upcoming Golden Globes and SAG Awards. He says that even Tambor’s Emmy-nominated work in “Arrested Development and “The Larry Sanders Show” couldn’t prepare the audience for his “brilliant, heroic, career-transforming” performance as an older transgendered man in the new program. USA Today

Related News Nuggets:
How does Viola Davis ‘get away with murder’ on new ABC show?

Friends and family remember Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams at a San Francisco memorial on Saturday. Comedian Billy Crystal hosted the service, in which his widow Susan Schneider, three children, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, and assistant Rebecca Erwin Spencer all spoke. Stevie Wonder led a musical tribute. Those attending included George Lucas, “Mork and Mindy” co-star Pam Dawber, Rhea Perlman, Danny DeVito, Penny Marshall, Ben Stiller, Eddie Izzard, Jeff Bridges, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Variety

The overall box office this weekend is up $5 million from last year. Much of that is due to the top newcomer from Denzel Washington: “The Equalizer” opening with $35 million. Last week’s best movie “The Maze Runner” falls to second with $17.5 million. The debut of animated feature “The Boxtrolls” begins with a great $17.25 million. Thompson on Hollywood

Join the lively film and TV discussions going on
right now in the Gold Derby message boards

The Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean discusses the death of a character on the 26th season premiere Sunday. SPOILERS AHEAD. After enduring a televised comedy roast, Krusty the Clown’s father Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (voice of Jackie Mason) died in the episode “Clown in the Dumps.” The show was heavy with guest stars, including Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Ross, and Maurice LaMarche. Hollywood Reporter

Watch a new video in which William Shatner confirms he might be part of the upcoming “Star Trek 3” film. At Wizard World Nashville Comic Con this weekend, he says that director J.J. Abrams has contacted him about reprising his legendary role as Captain James T. Kirk. If the plan works out, he might be teamed with his old acting partner Leonard Nimoy as Spock. The film is slated for theaters in 2016. The Wrap

A new Facebook page is launched called “Shailene Woodley deserves an Oscar nomination for ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘.” It already has close to 1,000 likes and proclaims: “Woodley’s performance is extremely simple and heartbreaking! She deserves an Oscar nomination for her beautiful turn as Hazel Grace without a doubt!” Facebook

More News from GoldDerby