July 15, 2010 at 08:56 PM EDT

Image Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage.com; David M. Russell/CBSIn what marks the first significant piece of casting for The Good Wife‘s sophomore season, Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard is joining the hit CBS drama as one of Glen Childs’ underlings and a confidante to Cary (Matt Czuchry).

Described as a “fair-minded assistant state’s attorney who looks more like an indie-band drummer than a lawyer,” Blanchard’s character — who will likely recur — befriends the department’s newest employee, Cary (who joined Childs’ camp after getting pink-slipped by Will and Diane in the finale).

Blanchard, whose credits include Guiding Light and Broadway’s Gypsy: A Musical Fable, won rave reviews and an Emmy award for her transcendent portrayal of a young Judy Garland in the 2001 ABC miniseries Me and My Shadows. (I never understood why Shadows didn’t make her a bigger star.)

In other Good Wife casting news, The Princess Bride‘s Prince Humperdinck (a.k.a. actor Chris Sarandon) has been tapped to recur as the irascible and domineering Judge Goode. (The gig should be a piece of cake for Sarandon, who recurred on Judging Amy as Judge Krumble.)

Finally, Justified regular Jacob Pitts will guest-star in The Good Wife‘s season premiere as the brilliant and cocky owner of a Wikileaks-type website who stands accused of murder.

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