By Tanner Stransky
Updated June 24, 2011 at 06:58 PM EDT
Lisa Edelstein
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After a rather mind-blowing season 2 for The Good Wife, we were all left wondering: How will series creators Robert and Michelle King up the ante for the show’s coming third season? Well, here’s a step in the right direction: EW has confirmed TV Line’s report that Lisa Edelstein, who recently decided not to return to Fox’s drama House, will be joining the cast of CBS’ beloved drama for a multi-episode arc beginning this fall.

We here at EW are big fans of Edelstein, of course, but that’s not the only reason that her addition seems like a good move. It’s juicy in so many ways. First, she’s been tapped to play a lawyer and poker player whose, TV Line reports, “sexiness is enhanced by her obvious intelligence.” One word: Hot.

But then, it’s also rumored that her character — who hasn’t been named yet — has a past with lawyering honcho Will (Josh Charles). This, of course, throws some complexity into the show, since its season 2 finale finally (finally!) saw Alicia (Julianna Margulies) seal the deal with Will. Does this mean there could be some friction between Alicia and Edelstein’s character? Let’s be real: We all hope so. Can you just imagine those two trying to steamroll each other for the guy who worked at Clown Dog in Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead? It’s genius.

Of course, Edelstein’s character likely won’t only have personal interactions on the show. Seeing as how she’s being slugged as a skilled poker player, there’s so much for the Kings to mine there in the court room. What, exactly? That I don’t know. And that’s why I leave the writing of such a smart show to smart people like the Kings.

What do you think of Lisa’s addition to The Good Wife this fall? Does it seem like the right move? Are you salivating over a showdown between her character and Alicia? Sound off in the comments below!

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