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...
Archie Panjabi and Mark Warren
"You don't give James Bond a girlfriend." That's how The Good Wife co-creator and co-showrunner Robert King defines what went wrong with the introduction of fan favorite Kalinda's (Archie Panjabi) estranged husband, Nick (Marc Warren). The story line has left fans of the critically acclaimed drama surprisingly split after three seasons of following the seductive and mysterious private investigator's every move. "Some characters you actually don't want to see that much backstory. We're adjusting," he tells TVGuide.com. "No matter where we went, this was not a place where the audience wanted to go." But as King and his wife, co-creator and co-showrunner Michelle King, prepare to send Nick packing sooner than expected, The Good Wife (Sundays at 9/8c on CBS) will also welcome a formidable new political opponent to Peter (Chris Noth). Find out what's coming up...
We're just going to say it: What the hell is going on with Kalinda?
Since the Season 2 revelation that Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) has an estranged husband on The Good Wife, viewers — including us — have been waiting with bated breath to meet him. We got our wish with the introduction of Nick (Marc Warren) this season — and now we wish we could take it back.
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[SPOILER ALERT! This story reveals the details of a very sexually suggestive scene from Sunday's episode of The Good Wife. If you haven't watched it yet or if you're easily offended, don't read any further.]
Sunday's episode of The Good Wife spoiled viewers...
The Good Wife's Kalinda Sharma has been called a lot of things: resourceful investigator, protective friend, seductive temptress. One thing she's she never been called? The good wife. Until now.
"The question that came up in my mind quite a bit, and also in the creators' minds is: Was she the good wife?" Archie Panjabi tells TVGuide.com. "She was married for a certain number of years, which we'll learn as the episodes progress. But what name did she change? Was she what we perceive to be the good wife? What happened to her in life? Nothing will be spelled out, but you definitely will get a bigger insight into her and her past."
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Pan Am star Christina Ricci has landed at The Good Wife as Lockhart/Gardner's latest client.
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Oh, Kalinda. How we've missed you.
Four months (!) after fans saw the private investigator brace herself for the return of her estranged husband, Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) is back —boots of justice, baseball bat and all — when The Good Wife's new season premieres on...
Like father, like son?
The Good Wife's Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) may be the current state's attorney of Cook County (and possibly the future governor of Illinois), but back in the first season, he had his fair share of trouble with the law. Now, apparently, it's his son's turn!
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Miss the sound of those boots of justice walking the halls of Lockhart Gardner? Excited to jump back on board the Florrick for Governor campaign?
The season premiere of The Good Wife is still more than a month away, but you can get an early first look at the critically acclaimed legal drama's all-star lineup of guest actors by clicking here.
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