Julianna Margulies teases end of ‘The Good Wife’ (Exclusive Video)

Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife“) won the Best Drama Actress Emmy last year thanks to her knock-out episode submission, “The Last Call.” So, what made her choose that episode to send to Emmy judges? “I felt like I had no choice in what episode to submit last year. Often years, I think, well it should be this one … But that was a no-brainer,” reveals Margulies exclusively to Gold Derby on the Paley Festival red carpet at the Dolby Theatre (watch below).

This three-time Emmy champ (two for “Good Wife,” one for “ER”) continues, “I thought it was just a beautifully written episode and so incredibly gut-wrenching. Just the stuff with [Alicia] and Diane [Christine Baranski] and all of it was so well done with the writing that I just went along for the ride.”

Emmys MVP: Matt Czuchry gives arresting ‘Good Wife’ performance

Also in our chat, Margulies praises co-star Matt Czuchry for his “great storyline this year” and wishes there were a “Happy Apple Award” to give to everyone in her cast and crew.

How long will the show last? Margulies jokes, “If there isn’t an eighth season, maybe we could talk them into just doing 12 [episodes] on Showtime in the eighth year and seeing the really dark underbelly of ‘The Good Wife,’ because then we could actually go there. I just thought it would really be interesting to take a network television show that everyone says is ‘just like cable’ and put it on cable. Wouldn’t that be interesting to see what would happen? Alicia could finally swear!”

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