Exclusive: The Good Wife Goes Back to Wire Well Again, Casts Seth Gilliam in Finale

His name is Robert King. And he’s a Wire-aholic.

The co-creator of CBS’ The Good Wife — who recently confessed to The Hollywood Reporter that he’s “going to keep running down the line until everyone from The Wire is on the show” — has tapped Seth Gilliam (a.k.a. Sgt. Carver on the late HBO drama) to guest star in the show’s May 17 season finale as a man on trial for killing a judge.

For those keeping track at home, that brings to 12 the number of Wire grads who have appeared on Good Wife since the show’s inception two years ago.

As the insanely thorough folks over at NYMag.com pointed out last week, Wife had been in a dead heat with Law & Order: SVU for the title of TV series employing the most Wire grads; Gilliam’s casting now puts the CBS drama in first place.

Comments (18)

  • Ah, The Wire alums. I thought it might have been in quality, acting or storylines

    Comment by c s – May 4, 2011 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Wire was simply the best drama to ever be produced for US tv. I can see why so many of the talented cast is everywhere. I am currently watching the reruns on DTV’s 101 channel and am still blown away at how excellant it was.

    Comment by Lisa – May 4, 2011 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And not one Emmy.Boy,did they mess up-big time!

    Comment by RD – May 4, 2011 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who are the others I only remember the following?
    Gbenga Akinnagbe
    JD Williams
    Frankie Faison

    Comment by jazzyt2u – May 4, 2011 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We have to wait two weeks for the finale? So mean. The show has been on such a roll.

    Comment by SmileIvan – May 4, 2011 09:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 12 is impressive! Awesome awesome. I love when ppl in showbiz are loyal <3

    Comment by lipsticksocialism – May 5, 2011 02:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The 368 people who watched The Wire seem to think if they keep talking about it for several years, they can retroactively raise its ratings and grandfather in a few Emmys.

    Comment by Tego Livi – May 5, 2011 06:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If you watched The Wire, you would know how affecting it was. It does not easily leave you, even years later. Seth Gilliam’s performance in the season 4 finale was unforgettable.

      Comment by ChristineOH – May 5, 2011 07:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You are so wrong my friend. The Wire was great and beloved by a loyal following. The writing was smart, the acting spot on and I highly recommend you watch it. Season 4 may be the best season of television to ever air.

      While the Wire may not have an Emmy legacy, it does have a legacy of brilliant actors that go on to other shows we love – Michael B. Jordan, Lance Reddick, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael K. Williams, Adre Royo, and so many more. Their continuing work in quality television makes up for the lack of Emmy love.

      Comment by Cate – May 5, 2011 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I live in Baltimore, MD where the wire was filmed and based. Loved the show and the actors. My hubby and I both enjoy seeing the actors again. The Good Wife is the best show on TV right now.

    Comment by Kelly Murphy – May 5, 2011 07:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome! another one! :))

    Comment by teresa – May 5, 2011 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree, The Wire was the best show ever made on the US television. It’s a shame that no one nominated it for any awards. Shame on HBO. It is pretty cool to see Wire Guest stars on other shows. Someone should make a Bingo type game for it. SVU has gone to The Wire Acting pool many a time too. I want to who the 11 others are…

    Comment by bmospr04 – May 5, 2011 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Wire cast on the The Good Wife

      Gbenga Akinnagbe-chris Partlow
      Frankie Faison-DC Burell
      J. D. Williams-Bodie
      Chris Bauer-frank sobttoka
      Pablo Schreiber-nicky Sobtoka
      Chad Coleman-Cutty
      Sonja Sohn-kima
      Marlyne Afflack-Nerese Campbell
      Dion Graham-Rubert Bond
      Peter Gerety –Judge Phelen
      Boris McGiver- Charles Marimow

      And Seth Gilliam makes 12


      Comment by bmospr04 – May 5, 2011 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thank you…. A couple of them I wouldn’t have remembered them from the Wire… And for the life of me I don’t remember Sonja being on the show but I’m glad she is on Body of Proof….

        Comment by jazzyt2u – May 7, 2011 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Method Man was in Good Wife S02E13. He played Cheese in The Wire, so I guess that means TGW has had 13 Wire alums!

        Comment by Adam Merkley – May 30, 2011 11:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ah “The Wire” has many great character actors in its cast but no show in television has cast a wide a net with its character actors than the tried and true “Oz”. Find a good drama without an “Oz” character actor ever having appeared on in the mix, its next to impossible. The other show that has an impressive resume of character actors is “Deadwood” and you’ll find many of its cast in your favorite dramas as well; the best of these being “Justified”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Supernatural”, and if my eyes weren’t deceiving me this Friday’s finale of “Fringe” which is already home to 2 of Em-City’s more notable tenants.

    Comment by bhm1304 – May 5, 2011 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do you say, “Shame on HBO”? They were the ones who brought The Wire to TV and gave it 5 great years, despite poor ratings. How does that bring shame on them? Thank you, HBO, for giving us this terrific show.

    Comment by Beth – May 6, 2011 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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