The Good Wife comes to an end; potential spin-off maybe on the table.
CBS has confirmed The Good Wife will come to an end in May after seven seasons.
CBS broke the news on Sunday (7th Feb) during the Super Bowl 50. The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies said in a statement, “Being a part of The Good Wife has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. 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.”
The series has nine episodes left that will also coincide with the departure of creators Robert and Michelle King, who said in a statement via Twitter: “Telling the story of the Education of Alicia Florrick is the creative dream of a lifetime. It was always our plan to tell it over 7 seasons. We wanted the story to have a beginning, middle, and an end — that’s the only way actions can have real consequences — and it’s the reason we had episode titles count up from one word to four, then back down again (it would have been pretty embarrassing if we were cancelled in our fifth season). We are forever grateful to our fans, cast and crew and CBS. We’re excited to celebrate the final 9 eps and bring the story to its natural conclusion. Here’s a spoiler: the last episode will be called ‘End.’”
Michelle King also dashed fans hopes for the return of Archie Panjabi’s Kalinda and Josh Charles‘ deceased character Will in the final episodes: “Kalinda went off deliberately to disappear — and we’re honoring that choice. It wouldn’t make sense for [Kalinda] to come back.” Adding: “Alas, Will Gardner’s dead — which is sort of problematic.”
When asked about the chances of a happy ending, the creators diplomatically answered, “I like when the ending is surprising and inevitable at the same time,” said Michelle. With Robert adding: “I like [finales] that end with some resonance — Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under – finales that are happy and sad at the same time.”
All may not be lost for fans of the series though, as TVLine reports Robert and Michelle King revealed there has been talks of a possible spin-off series: “At this point, nothing’s off the table,” Michelle said.
Robert added: “What would be fun is to find a way to spin off a [cast member] that wasn’t at the center, who we wish we had more time with. The show always centered around the Alicia character. What’s appealing would be pursuing a different ensemble.”
The Good Wife airs on CBS in America and is currently airing season 7 on More4 in the UK on Thursday’s at 9pm.