Did the Good Wife let the cat out of the bag?
Julianna Margulies only fueled rumors of The Good Wife ending this spring by quipping she was going to be out of work come April during a New York event honoring the drama’s show runners, Robert and Michelle King.
Vulture reports Margulies told the audience at the Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards, “I surprised Robert and Michelle tonight. They didn’t know I was going to be here. They think I’m here for them, but I’m unemployed come April, and I think you haven’t seen me in a while — at least not in person — so I thought I should show up.”
But don’t panic just yet, Florrick fans. Insiders dismiss Margulies’ comments as a joke and maintain no decision has been made about the show’s future.
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Questions about The Good Wife were raised earlier this month when CBS programming chief Glenn Geller confirmed the Kings wouldn’t continue with the series if it returned next year.
“The show could absolutely continue even if The Kings were not running it,” Geller said. “We have a deep bench on the show. Some of the writers have been there from the beginning. We haven’t made any determination. It’s just January, so we haven’t determined if there will be another season or not.”
Geller added, “[The Kings] have an arc planned every year. They pitch us, ‘This is what the season’s going to be about.’ We haven’t really discussed beyond this what the series would look like, what next season could be, because they’ve said this is the last year we’re going to be on the show. It can certainly go on. I think you can see every year the producers are able to reinvent what the show looks like. They add characters, some go away, some come on. This show looks very different than it did just three years ago, and it’s still a fantastic show.”
The critically acclaimed drama has already lost two original stars: Josh Charles (Will Gardner) and Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi).