The Must List: The Good Wife, Drake, Veep
Plus three other things we love in pop culture this week
The Good Wife
All good things come to an end, and CBS’ The Good Wife, for better or worse, has reached the finish line after seven seasons. At a 2016 Tribeca Film Festival panel in April, series star Julianna Margulies admitted that she and her character, Alicia Florrick, are “exhausted” after dealing with everything from infidelity and NSA surveillance to the death of a romantic interest over 156 episodes. Showrunner Robert King added: “It felt like a show that you had to end… It didn’t feel like a show that you could keep having crazy things happen to you. At a certain point, you escape the realm of probability.” Though fans might have a tough time bidding Florrick farewell during the finale episode, critics have indicated — to the tune of a 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — the series is tapping out on a high note.
The series finale of The Good Wife airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
“Childs Play” by Drake
The Views album cover might be a photoshopped illusion, but the beats and lyrics on Drake’s “Childs Play” are as real as they come. The Canadian rapper muses on a particular romantic interest perhaps with a few behavioral issues. Drake indicates she airs their dirty laundry in public spaces and “goes to CVS for Kotex” in his Bugatti, though he admittedly hides the keys in an attempt to prevent her from racking up his miles. Drake spits, “I don’t do you like I should/Don’t make me give you back to the hood,” citing his mother as a constant in maintaining his chivalrous attitude toward the young lady in question, who’s perfectly satisfied with the “child’s play” of going to the mall for a new outfit on Drake’s dime.
“Childs Play,” from Drake’s sixth full-length release, is available now on iTunes.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted video game series has been dazzling players for nearly a decade, but the story continues stronger than ever with the fourth installment, A Thief’s End. Set three years after the last installment, A Thief’s End continues Nathan Drake’s story as a reformed thief with a family, though the impending discovery of pirate treasure and the return of his brother prompt him to revisit his plundering ways. With a 94 percent score from Metacritic, the title has received near universal praise from critics ahead of its release, making it a must-have title for any gamer.
Uncharted: A Thief’s End is set for a May 10 debut on the PlayStation 4.
Captain America: Civil War
As if you needed another excuse to head to the theater for some Robert Downey Jr. vs. Chris Evans action, Captain America: Civil War is being hailed as one of the best superhero movies in recent years, with EW calling it a “family reunion gone violent” and “another timely parable smack dab in the middle of our current election season, where the U.S. electorate is as scarily divided as it’s ever been” as it tells the story of former allies (Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch) duking it out over the U.N. tightening its leash on the crime-fighting superheroes, who’ve left a heaping of collateral damage in their fight to defend humanity. With new faces (Spider Man, Black Panther) and box office totals expected to approach $200 million, you won’t want to miss out on the action-heavy party everyone will be attending this weekend.
Only two episodes into its fifth season, HBO’s Veep is already restaking its claim as the funniest show on television. As acid-tongued former VP Selina Meyer gets used to her unexpected role as President of the United States, the American public might have other ideas: season 5 opens with a tied election leaving Meyer’s status as Commander-in-Chief in jeopardy. With spot-on dialogue (largely improvised) from a talented cast of comedic actors, including Reid Scott, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale and Matt Walsh, Veep season 5 is proving that even if Meyer’s bid to retain the presidency fails, the show built around it will soar for the foreseeable future.
Veep airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO.