What a way to make an announcement about the end.
CBS drama series The Good Wife made it official in a commercial during Sunday night’s Super Bowl. This is the drama series’ final season.
Questions about whether the show would continue started to surface earlier this season, its seventh, after husband-and-wife creating team Robert and Michelle King announced they would be making their exit. They said they would pursue new projects, including BrainDead, a summer drama already ordered by the network. In January, programming chief Glenn Geller told the Television Critics Association that their departure wouldn’t influence whether the show would continue for an eighth season.
However, several of the series’ stars contracts were due to expire this year. Among them: Julianna Margulies, whose Alicia Florrick is central to the show. The actress has won two Emmys for her portrayal of the stay-at-home mother-turned-attorney and wife of a Chicago politician. Alicia’s husband, played by Chris Noth, has been in prison and survived scandal involving infidelity and corruption.
While attending an event honoring the Kings later in January, Margulies raised eyebrows. She talked about surprising the couple at the Casting Society of America’s annual awards, but then she joked about taking advantage of the casting directors in the crowd. “They think I’m here for them, but I’m unemployed come April, and I think you (casting directors) haven’t seen me in a while, at least not in person, so I thought I should show up,” Margulies said, according to Vulture.
“Being a part of The Good Wife has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Margulies in a statement released Sunday night. “As an actress and a producer, it has been an absolute honor to be a part of a series that, throughout seven years, never settled on being just good… but always strived to be extraordinary. I have witnessed magic happen when Robert and Michelle King put pen to paper, and it has been a privilege to be in the company of their brilliance. To the most amazing and talented cast and crew, there will always be a special place in my heart for our Good Wife family. As we close the book on our beloved show, I am humbled and grateful to know that together, we created and were a part of something truly remarkable.”
And fans can look forward to the Kings giving the series a “natural conclusion.’
“The Good Wife has been the creative experience of a lifetime,” the Kings said. “We’re looking forward to using this seventh season to bring Alicia’s story to its natural conclusion. We couldn’t be more excited and grateful.”