Nick who? That's what fans of The Good Wife are — thankfully — asking after a recent string of strong episodes have erased the unpleasant first half of Season 4 from memory. In September, the legal drama (airing Sundays at 9/8c) suffered a rare critical misfire when it introduced Kalinda's (Archie Panjabi) cold and abrasive estranged husband Nick (Marc Warren), who was not popular with the fans. No irreparable damage was done, but for a show that was regularly in critics' top 10 lists during its first three seasons, the negative attention was surprising. Producers caught on and quickly expunged Nick. Less than four months later, the show is stronger than ever. So how'd they do it? Here's seven ways...
Imagine a world in which the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball all decided to move their seasons to the same time of year. It would be chaos, for fans and the professional sports business alike. And yet, in television, that's essentially what happens during pilot season.
The broadcast networks traditionally order pilots during the first few months of the year. From there, it's a race to find the best actors, hire a crew, build sets and produce a show before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced. The field has always been crowded, but this spring, several cable networks and online retailer-turned-programmer Amazon are also developing new shows that they hope will go to series (cable networks typically produce pilots throughout the year, usually avoiding the spring).
Dylan Baker and Julianna Margulies
Last week, The Good Wife entered an ethical grey zone while defending one of her biggest clients — drug kingpin Lemond Bishop. Alicia's morals will get quite the workout once again when another of her most noted clients — millionaire (and murderer) Colin Sweeney — returns in the March 31 episode of...
The Good Wife
Breathe easy, Good Wife fans. The end of the show isn't near. Just the end of Peter's gubernatorial campaign.
"We have every reason to anticipate we're coming back," co-creator and executive producer Michelle King told reporters on a conference call Monday. Added her husband, co-creator and executive producer Robert King, "We're writing as if we're coming back."
No one can blame fans of the CBS legal drama for being concerned. For all the show's critical acclaim and big-name guest stars, The Good Wife dipped to a series low 1.4 rating in the adults ages 18-49 demo on Feb. 17. The show bounced back to a 1.6 the following week, and the Kings said the ratings haven't been an issue with CBS. "They're very sophisticated in terms of how the ratings work," Michelle said. "They've never given anything but a positive response and they really focus on the creative and just...
The Good Wife is getting a big blast from her past.
The CBS procedural has cast Private Practice alum Audra McDonald as Alicia's nemesis from...
Talk about a fast recovery!
After co-starring on the first casualty of the fall season — RIP Made in Jersey! — Kyle MacLachlan has rebounded with a multi-episode arc on CBS' other legal drama...
John Shea, Matt Czuchry
Like father, like son?
The Good Wife fans will find out next month when Cary's dad, Nestor Agos (Gossip Girl's John Shea), makes his first appearance, and...
Julianna Margulies and Amanda Peet
Court is in session for a whole new slew of high-profile guest stars on The Good Wife.
After kicking off the season with a bang — including guest stars like Nathan Lane, Kristin Chenoweth and Maura Tierney — the critical darling is keeping the momentum going in Season 4 with ....
Bill Maher has landed a familiar Good Wife role.
The Real Time with Bill Maher host will play...
Pan Am star Christina Ricci has landed at The Good Wife as Lockhart/Gardner's latest client.
Ricci, 32, will guest-star in an upcoming episode as a...