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Jeffrey Dean Morgan was on the fence about making a series-regular commitment to The Good Wife — that is until the show’s leading lady-slash-producer Julianna Margulies intervened.
In an interview with TVLine, the actor — who’s currently starring opposite Halle Berry in another CBS drama, Extant — explains what Margulies did that “closed the deal” for him to join the Season 7 cast. Morgan also addresses speculation that his Good Wife character Alex is both the ‘new Kalinda’ as well as a love interest for Margulies’ Alicia.

TVLINE | When do you start?
I start on Tuesday. Right now I’m at my farm [in Upstate New York]. Doing farm crap.
TVLINE | CBS confirmed that you’re playing an investigator that Alicia hires, leading folks to dub you “the new Kalinda.” Is that a fair characterization?
I haven’t watched a lot of episodes of The Good Wife. I never even saw the show until I signed on, and then I watched seven episodes. I know he’s an investigator that goes to work for Alicia. Beyond that, it’s a little bit of a mystery. I’ve only read the first script.
TVLINE | How was the role pitched to you?
I can tell you that he’s an ex-lawyer who got into some trouble and finds himself now being an investigator. He’s got a laid-back personality and a quick wit. I like that kind of dynamic. And I think it will be a nice dynamic for Julianna to play off of.
TVLINE | Is he going to be a love interest for Alicia?
I don’t know. I haven’t been told that. I know there’s a lot of speculation.
TVLINE | Do they know each other?
No. It’s their first meeting.
TVLINE | Do they hit it off instantly?
She’s going to hire him, so, yeah, they do hit it off. She’s intrigued by his personality.
TVLINE | Are you and Julianna friends?
Yes. I’ve known her for probably 10 years. I’m excited to go to work with her. When the offer had come in I was in the middle of working [on Extant] and I had to think about it. To go from one show to another without a break was a little daunting. And I got a great e-mail from Julianna and that’s what closed the deal for me. I just wrote her back and said, “I’m in.”

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Congratulations to Christine, Alan, & Micheal J Fox for their nominations.

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Michael Kelly, “House Of Cards”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones”
Emilia Clarke, “Game Of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”

GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA

Alan Alda, “The Blacklist”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Beau Bridges, “Masters Of Sex”
Pablo Schreiber, “Orange Is The New Black”

Full List

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Emmy-winning actress Margo Martindale has been cast in a recurring role for the seventh season of CBS’ The Good Wife. Martindale will play Willa Eastman, a top campaign operative responsible for past successes by underdog presidential candidates in Iowa who hides her intelligence and cunning under a fake, folksy charm.

Martindale’s TV credits include her Emmy-winning turn on Justified, The Americans, which has earned her two guest actress Emmy noms, and The Millers. Feature credits include Million Dollar Baby, August: Osage County and Dead Man Walking.

Martindale joins series stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry, Alan Cumming, Zach Grenier and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The Good Wife is produced by Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions in association with CBS Television Studios. Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, Brooke Kennedy, David W. Zucker, Craig Turk and Leonard Dick are executive producers. Season 7 premieres Sunday, October 4 at 9 PM on CBS.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan is joining The Good Wife in the series-regular role of Alex, a calm and experienced hourly investigator whom Julianna Margulies’ Alicia hires (presumably) to work at her new firm, CBS confirms.

Although there’s no official confirmation that Alex and Alicia will mix pleasure with business, it’s a logical leap to take — especially in light of Matthew Goode’s departure as Finn (not to mention Alicia’s continued estrangement from hubby Peter).
“We’ve loved and admired Jeffrey Dean Morgan for years,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King in a statement. “And we were thrilled to hear that Julianna did too, so it was a no-brainer to ask him to join our troupe.”

This marks The Good Wife‘s second major Season 7 hire. As previously reported, Torchwood‘s Cush Jumbo has joined the cast in a recurring role (also, possibly, as a private eye).
The gig keeps Morgan in the CBS family; he’s currently starring opposite opposite Halle Berry in Season 2 of Extant. His previous TV credits include Magic City, Weeds, Supernatural and Grey’s Anatomy.

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The Good Wife may be lacking a little Grace when it returns this fall.
TVLine has confirmed that Makenzie Vega — who plays the onscreen daughter of Julianna Margulies’ Alicia — is no longer a series regular.

The CBS drama is now down three series regulars as it heads into Season 7. In addition to Vega, Archie Panjabi and Matthew Goode also lost their full-time status at the end of Season 6. However, unlike Panjabi and Goode, Vega will maintain a presence on the show (much the same way her Good Wife sibling Graham Phillips has in recent seasons). According to an insider, the status change ties into the show’s continuing efforts to work around its cast’s schedules while also sustaining storylines.

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mark your calendars tgw is returning Sunday, October 4th.

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Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) stood by her husband (Chris Noth) on his tumultuous path to the governor’s office, but now she’s entering the world of politics on her own terms by running for state’s attorney. As Election Day approaches, Alicia must balance the demands of her firm and campaign as she supports her partner Cary (Matt Czuchry) during shocking developments that could end his career…and life as he knows it.

Julianna Margulies returns in the role that earned her two Primetime Emmy Awards, and stars with Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranki, Alan Cumming and a roster of stellar guests in Season Six of the gripping series that critics call “…TV’s best drama” (Slate). Special features include deleted scenes, gag reel, cast and crew interviews. Guest stars in Season 6 include Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), Taye Diggs (The Best Man Holiday), Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”), David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”), and Carrie Preston (“True Blood”).

Right on schedule, the folks at CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution are releasing The Good Wife – The 6th Season on DVD this coming August 25th. The 6-disc set will come with these extras:

Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
Follow The Leader: Inside the Season Finale
The Temptation Of Alicia Florrick: The Good Wife- Season Six
The Esteemed Women of Sunday Nights

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Turns out The Good Wife will be down two full-time cast members when it returns this fall: Matthew Goode will not be back as a series regular in Season 7, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Goode’s exit follows the departure of Archie Panjabi, who made her final appearance as Kalinda in the May 10 finale. However, while it’s unlikely Panjabi will resurface in the near future, I’m told there’s a chance Goode could make a guest appearance or two.

Goode joined The Good Wife as attorney Finn Polmar during the second half of Season 5, in the wake of Josh Charles’ swan song as Will. He returned this past season as a full-fledged regular.

The actor’s status change was hinted at in the aforementioned season-ender, which saw Finn reject Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) offer to join her nascent law firm.
Don’t feel badly for Goode though. The British thesp will return (in a big way, apparently) to Downton Abbey as Henry Talbot for the PBS phenom’s forthcoming sixth and final season.

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The Good Wife is coming back. Duh! CBS has ordered a seventh season of the hit legal drama starring Julianna Margulies, but will it be its last?

When asked if the upcoming seventh season is being planned as its last, co-creator Robert King told us, “Can we leave that unanswered for the moment? I think all will become clear very, very soon.”

When CBS announced its 2015-2016—The Good Wife will remain on Sundays at 9 p.m.—Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, said the show will continue. “They are visionaries, they’re inspired,” Tassler said of husband and wife co-creators Robert and Michelle King. “As long as they want to continue producing and writing, we love having that show on our air and are very proud of it.”

Over the years, The Good Wife has charted Alicia Florrick’s (Margulies) rise from wife of a disgraced politician to ace lawyer who has more than stepped out of her husband’s shadow. Margulies has taken home an Emmy for her work on the series that also stars Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry and Alan Cumming.

Czuchry, who plays Cary Agos on the series, told E! News he signed a new contract for seasons seven and eight as season six wrapped up.

“It’s been such an amazing run that I’m kind of at peace now with whatever happens…I signed a contract at the end of season six for seasons seven and eight, so I made peace with the fact it may go longer and that would be OK,” Czuchry told us when asked if season seven would be the last. “If it were to end with season seven, that would be OK too. I’ve kind of made peace with all of that. That really just comes with the fact—[we’ve done] well over 100 episodes and six seasons and the kind of success we’ve been fortunate to have is extremely, extremely rare. I’m incredibly grateful for this job and how rare that is, so whenever it may end I’m at peace with that.”

When The Good Wife returns for season seven, Cumming will appear in all episodes and Archie Panjabi will be missing. The Emmy winner made her last appearance as Kalinda Sharma in the season six finale.

The Good Wife returns this fall, Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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