Will Gardner is returning to 'The Good Wife'—kind of
Waiting for a The Good Wife spin-off? Don’t hold your breath. At Saturday’s PaleyFest panel for the show, the CBS show’s producers said they aren’t planning one. According to People, they’re too busy working on the main attraction, now in its sixth season.
While CBS hasn’t shied away from spin-offs in the past (NCIS has NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans), The Good Wife producers don’t think their show has the kind of “broad, mainstream appeal” that lends itself to a spin-off—though they did admit it would be fun to dream up a series for frequent guest stars Gary Cole and Carrie Preston, whose characters Kurt McVeigh and Elsbeth Tascioni are fan favorites.
Speaking of guest stars: Ed Asner, Oliver Platt, and Ron Rifkin will be appearing in upcoming episodes, and Michael J. Fox returns on Sunday night along with Josh Charles’ Will Gardner. Well, kind of. Charles himself won’t appear in the dream sequence, but his character will.
And for fans still mourning Will’s sudden death, Good Wife co-creator Robert King says they needn’t worry about Archie Panjabi’s character suffering a similar fate when the actress leaves later this season. “[Kalinda] can’t go out Will Gardner-style because you guys know that she’s leaving,” King told People. “Will Gardner-style was that no one knew … Since everybody expects it, it’s a whole different beast.”
The Good Wife airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBS. Read more about the PaleyFest panel over at People.com.