Scoop: America Ferrera Joining The Good Wife

The magnificent cast of The Good Wife just got even better: The show’s hired Ugly Betty‘s America Ferrera!

The Emmy winner is joining the CBS drama for a three-episode arc beginning in February. Ferrera will play Natalie, a graduate student in whom Eli (Alan Cumming) develops a romantic interest.

“We’ve been watching and loving America for years now on Ugly Betty,” says exec producer Robert King, “and it’ll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role, especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming.”

This marks Ferrera’s first TV gig since Betty signed off the air last year.

But wait, there’s more: Seinfeld vet Jerry Stiller has also signed on to guest-star as a judge who has been known to doze off during trials. “Jerry is our dream judge,” raves King. “It was great when we got to stop saying ‘We need a Jerry Stiller type in the role’ and just got Jerry Stiller.'”

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  1. Erica says:

    Eli’s straight? really? oh but this awesome news!

  2. amy says:

    OMG, I love her. So glad she’s going to be on a quality show! But I really want her back on in a show of her own.

  3. Michael says:

    LOL I know Erica. I thought his character was gay. News to me and I have seen every episode of good wife.

    • Jo says:

      That might be more Alan Cumming than Eli Gold, tbh. I love him to pieces but he is amazingly camp. I’m not sure how much solid acting can hide that.

  4. Ingmar says:

    Just awesome! I love America!

  5. Darth Clavie says:

    Great casting news!
    I love America Ferrera!

  6. Menda says:

    Excellent casting. Love her.

  7. miriam says:

    Yayyyy two of my favorites things in television!!!! I’m so exited!!!!

  8. Lorie says:

    Cool news! It’ll be interesting to see a different side of Eli.

  9. Amanda says:

    Maybe his character is more like the actor. Alan Cummings is bisexual and has had long term relationships with both men and women. He is currently in a civil union with his male partner of six years.

  10. Kira J says:

    Best. Idea. Ever.

  11. Amber says:

    YAY!!! I dont actually watch the show but I looooooooove America Ferrera! Cant wait to see them! It’ll be great!

  12. db says:

    Yay! I didn’t start watching The Good Wife until the end of Season 1 (mainly due to my aversion to almost anything CBS) but when I did, I fell in love with the show and it is even better this season. Having America guest star is great news! I miss Ugly Betty, but I love seeing her in other roles.

  13. sansar chand says:

    “We frequently discuss the Indian situation,” says Arindam, who chose to stay back in India and build his future here. (In the preface, he thanks wife Rajita for marrying him and staying back in India, instead of pursuing a green card holder!