According to Deadline, the actor is joining the acclaimed drama’s fifth season as Colin, a wild-eyed Irish attorney who has spent a decade successfully defending gang members and crime families, and who’s now looking for a home at a corporate law firm like Lockhart Gardner.
The Good Wife returns on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c.
As first reported by TVGuide.com, the Fringe vet will return for a Season 5 episode as Matthew Ashbaugh, who appeared in flashbacks last season.
Seeing as how Matthew is still very dead, might Alicia’s memories of her time with the eccentric, litigious man shed light on a new story?
The Good Wife premieres Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Talia Balsam (Mad Men, Homeland) has been cast as a political reporter in an early Season 5 episode.
As the acclaimed CBS drama preps for its Sept. 29 return, a clearer picture is emerging of what plot lines will take center stage. Already, Melissa George (Hunted, Alias) has signed on for the recurring role of Marilyn, newly elected Governor Florrick’s in-house ethics counsel.
Meanwhile, Zach Grenier (who plays David Lee) has been upgraded to series regular status, while America Ferrera, Gary Cole and Emmy-nominated Carrie Preston have all booked return engagements.
The Good Wife‘s upcoming fifth season will also examine Alicia and Cary’s impending mutiny from Lockhart Gardner, which will lead to a “civil war” with their new firm, exec producer Robert King told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. King added that the focus will “more about our team” and “not the guest stars coming in.”
The Good Wife‘s upcoming fifth season will be “more about our team” and “not the guest stars coming in,” exec producer Robert King told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, adding that Alicia and Cary’s impending exodus will spark a “civil war” between their new firm and Lockhart Gardner.
The new season will pick up pretty much where last May’s finale left off, with Alicia agreeing to follow Cary out the door. But the pair won’t immediately make their intentions known to their bosses. “We want to get the audience wet with this difficulty of betraying your firm,” revealed King. “What we want is the quiet before the s–tstorm.”
Other highlights from the panel, which also featured fellow EP Michelle King and star Julianna Margulies:
GUEST STAR UPDATE | America Ferrera and Gary Cole will be back for arcs in Season 5, joining previously reported returnee Carrie Preston.
THE MOTIVE | Margulies theorized that Alicia is “leaving the law firm because she knows if she stays there, in her peripheral vision will always be Will… In her heart of hearts, she thinks [leaving is] the smart move.”
FINALE POST MORTEM | For her part, Margulies was relieved that it was Cary — and not Will — who showed up at Alicia’s door in the finale. “I would not have been happy if it was Will,” she admits, candidly. “[Reading the script], my heart sank. I thought, ‘Oh God, I hope we’re not becoming that soap opera, that constant love triangle.’”
NICK FALLOUT | King is unsure if we’ll ever find out what happened to Kalinda’s ex Nick. “It might be like the Russian assassin in Sopranos. It might be one of those people still out there in the woods.”
Is Florrick, Agos & Associates* big enough for two Carys?
The Good Wife has tapped Outsourced alum Ben Rappaport to join the Season 5 cast as one of the fourth-year attorneys at Lockhart-Gardner branching off with Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry), TVLine has learned exclusively
His recurring character’s tentative name? Carey. (Series creators Robert and Michelle King are up to something! Not sure what, but it’s something!)
Rappaport’s Carey with an “e” is described as smart, confident and occasionally over-anxious.
The actor — whose recent TV gigs have included Elementary and ABC’s ill-fated comedy pilot Awesometown — joins fellow Season 5 newbies Melissa George (as Peter’s in-house ethics czar) and Juliet Ralance (as a love interest for Kalinda).
The Good Wife kicks off its fifth season on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c.
You cross The Good Wife‘s hard-charging David Lee at your own risk.
And now that his portayer Zach Grenier has been made a series regular for the show’s upcoming fifth season, the question looms whether he’ll turn his vitriol toward Alicia and Cary as they file for (professional) divorce from Lockhart-Gardner and start their own firm.
News of Grenier’s promotion broke via CBS Television Studios’ Twitter account this afternoon. Grenier has been a recurring player on the series since Season 1, portraying the cunning, power-hungry head of Lockhart-Gardner’s family law practice, a man who’s been known to relish intrigue and infighting when it comes to office politics.
Interestingly, Grenier’s character informally counseled protagonist Alicia on her personal affairs when she contemplated separating from her husband, recently elected governor Peter Florrick — a fact that could come back to haunt her now that she’s changed professional allegiances.
Good Wife Season 5 Scoop: Show’s Creators Preview ‘New Dimension’ to Will/Alicia/Peter Triangle, Fresh Love Interest for [Spoiler]
The Good Wife adjourned its fantastic fourth season more than a week ago but fans continue to deliberate over the twisty, turny finale and speculate about what’s to come. Series creators Robert and Michelle King graciously agreed to hit the pause button on their hiatus to answer a handful of burning TVLine reader Qs about the show’s game-altering fifth season.
Warning: Stop reading if you do not want to know who’s getting a new love interest, how much time will have passed between seasons, which popular characters may be returning and what’s next in the Will/Alicia/Peter triangle.
Question: While I love Kalinda, I’ve become a huge fan of Robyn and how her quirkiness-meets-extreme-intelligence/ability vibe plays against the other characters, particularly Kalinda. She brings an energy to the mix that is unique among the series regulars (and most of the guest-stars, save for Carrie Preston). Any chance we’ll see Robyn back next season, hopefully as a series regular? —Michael
Robert & Michelle King: We love Jess Weixler, too, and would love to have her back. It’s definitely our intent to get her back, but so much of what we do is at the mercy of actor’s schedules. We should know more in the next few weeks.
Question: Kalinda is very isolated now that she and Alicia are no longer friends (per JM), and now Alicia is leaving LG with Cary. Will Kalinda have new dynamics with Diane and Will next season, and what’s in store for Kalinda in the romance department? —Christie
Robert & Michelle King: Kalinda won’t be isolated. There will be a lot of flow between Lockhart Gardner and this new entity. And yes, it’s our intent to create new dynamics with Diane and Will. As you saw with the Diane-and-Kalinda scenes regarding fan fiction and past indiscretions, there are a lot of things we haven’t yet discovered about these characters. Regarding romance, we still haven’t given up on wanting Jill Flint back. She’s been wonderful with Archie. And there is somebody else on the horizon, too. We probably can’t talk much about it until we get some casting in place.
Question: It seemed to me that Cary offered Robin the job at his firm so that there could be a chance of him and Kalinda actually being together without the restrictions that come with working together. Is that so? If yes, then will we see something actually happen with them next season?! —Green
Robert & Michelle King: No, it wasn’t the intent, but it is one of the unintended consequences. We’d love to pursue this Kalinda/Cary relationship further. It’s too interesting and complicated to ignore.
Question: Is your plan that the Will-and-Alicia love story will be completely over, or will the triangle still be a part of the storyline in the next season? —Casey
Robert & Michelle King: It’s our plan that the triangle takes on a new dimension. Love on its own becomes tiresome and repetitive (maybe not in life, but in drama). And hate mixed with love makes a highly combustible combination.
Question: I’m really curious about where Diane’s Supreme Court appointment stands. Seeing as how Lockhart Garner is already taking a massive hit with the fourth years’ exits, the two combined could really leave Will hanging. —Ainav
Robert & Michelle King: We agree. The thing is: None of the events happening at Lockhart Gardner take place in vacuum. They all bang into each other and knock plotlines off their intended paths. Diane’s judgeship, the rebel fourth year departures, Peter’s election — they all get mixed up together. And Diane will have to make some very difficult decisions in the episodes ahead. We apologize if that sounds more provocative than informational. We’re trying to protect some surprises that will come along the way.
Question: How much time will have passed between the season finale and the Season 5 premiere? Will there be a small time jump in the first episodes? —Alba
Robert & Michelle King: Great question. At the moment, we’re leaning toward almost no jump at all. Too much is interesting about the next few hours, days and weeks. Now that Alicia has committed to the rebels, how does that change her relationship with Cary? How does Alicia change Cary’s already set plans? et cetera.
The Good Wife‘s Lockhart Gardner is about to get a taste of wealth – but it comes with a price.
Now that the law firm is out of bankruptcy, its staff will find that “what comes with richness is its own set of problems,” executive producer Robert King teased during a recent conference call with the press. “Civil war is where we’re basically headed with the firm.”
If the rest of the season had a theme, the EP says, it would be: “Be careful what you wish for, because you’re not going to like it.”
Below, co-creators Robert and Michelle King preview Alicia and Will’s “tense” new dynamic and a “take-no-prisoners” Cary and reveal how much of Nick’s storyline – and whether Kalinda’s hubby himself – got cut. Plus, guess who’s back?!
THE KISS HEARD ‘ROUND THE FIRM | “It’s a more tense situation now,” Robert says of the briefly rekindled Alicia/Will relationship. In the past, Alicia “was off the hook ethically and morally because of the way Peter behaved. And now things are warming up with Peter again, and she does see a change in Peter. It’s a difficult situation, because the sexuality with Will doesn’t go away.” Adds Michelle: “Before, she could tell herself it wasn’t adultery. It’s getting a lot more difficult.”
As they try to stay away from each other, Alicia and Will are propelled “in opposite directions just to avoid that contact again – Alicia towards Peter, obviously, and Will towards Amanda Peet’s character,” previews Robert. Although the EPs say there won’t be an easy way out for Alicia, the storyline won’t come down to her having to pick between lovers. “It’s going to be mixed up with what’s going on the firm, too,” explains Robert. “We want to explore the moral dimensions about it, not so much the Team Will or Team Peter dimension.”
OFFICE POLITICS | After being given a partnership and then having it taken away, Cary “thinks Lockhart Gardner is a corrupt place,” says Robert. “He’s not giving up on designs outside the firm.” That might bode well for Kalinda/Cary fans, he adds, since “one of the things Kalinda really likes is when Cary is in take-no-prisoners mode, when he’s not a suburban white boy who sits back passively but someone who attacks something and is proactive. There’s an attractive quality to both Matt Czuchry and Cary when he’s in this mode of, ‘I’ve been screwed over. Now, it’s my turn.’”
In the meantime, as we glimpsed in this past Sunday’s episode, the associate will have to deal with Alicia now being his superior, which prompts the question, “Can a friendship survive when [that] friend is your boss?” says Robert, adding that the newly named equity partner also will test power dynamics and will “slowly venture into a place where she can challenge these name partners more and more.”
BATTLE OF THE BLONDES | Bad news: The EPs were unable to get Anna Camp back for a guest spot this season. Good news: Mamie Gummer will return as Nancy Crozier in Episode 21!
KALINDA’S NEW TRAINEE | Having more than recovered from bankruptcy, Lockhart Gardner is now flush with money and decides to hire a second investigator (played by Jess Weixler) who is “as opposite of a young woman as we could find from” the fan-favorite P.I., teases Robert. “There’s this complicated dynamic that exists between these two.”
RACE TO THE TOP | The election will be wrapped up this season, so what’s next for Eli if Peter wins the gubernatorial race? The White House, of course! “People run eternal campaigns. As soon as they win or lose one campaign, they’re onto the next,” says Robert. “One of the other things we want to see with Alan [Cumming] is his work with his ex-wife.” But first, Eli will have to “battle” Jordan for “the direction of [Peter's] campaign” because “as much as [Jordan] has shot himself in the foot, he’s still limping. He’s still there.”
BAD HUBBY | Addressing the controversial introduction of Kalinda’s husband Nick, Robert reveals that three episodes were cut and that the writers “accelerated some of the plot that was already shot.
“The fan reaction obviously had something to do with it,” he admits. “We [set] the characters towards some thematic things we were pursuing with seeing a parallel between Kalinda’s life and Alicia’s life.” The lesson learned? “‘Don’t let theme lead plot again.’” As for whether the P.I. did something to her toxic other half to get him out of her life, that’s a mystery the EP prefers to keep open-ended.
John Noble is getting ready to drop some science on The Good Wife.
The actor formerly known as Walter Bishop will appear in an upcoming episode of the CBS drama, TV Guide Canada reports.
He’ll play a client from Alicia’s past, a man she used to take care of and who appears in her flashbacks. Star Julianna Marguiles told the site that Noble’s character, who’ll appear in Episode 18 of the current season, is “sort of a brilliant techie guy that constantly sues people.”
Noble, of course, played another scientific genius on Fox’s Fringe, which wrapped its five-season run in January.
The Good Wife will stand up for a weeping widow when Jessalyn Gilsig guest-stars on the CBS drama, TVLine has learned exclusively.
In Episode 17 of Season 4, the Glee/Heroes alum will play Jaine Ludwig, the ”tough, smart and elegant” “grieving widow of an Illinois Supreme Court Justice who died in a car accident,” series cocreator Michelle King previews. “Alicia and Will represent her at a Coroner’s Inquest when the insurance company tries to prove that they are not responsible for paying on the Judge’s insurance policy.”
Gilsig’s other TV credits include Nip/Tuck and the new History drama Vikings, which premieres this March 3. She also has the film Somewhere Slow, which she produced and stars in, premiering at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on March 2.