The Good Wife's Dylan Baker Previews Colin Sweeney's Latest (Perhaps Last?) Legal Quagmire

The Good Wife Season 4 PreviewYou can’t keep a good man down. And the bad ones? Well, The Good Wife‘s Colin Sweeney resurfaces this Sunday on the just-renewed drama (CBS, 9/8c), for a legal scrape that just might be the one that lands the slippery CEO in prison for good. TVLine spoke with Dylan Baker — who twice has been Emmy-nominated for the role — about his latest encore, though we perhaps led off with a question Mr. Sweeney would take “Objection!” to.

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TVLINE | So, what has Colin done this time…?
Oh, you phrased that wrong, Matt. What has been done to Colin? That’s what all the episodes are about, people doing things to Colin. Because really, he’s just trying to live his life like any other common Joe.

TVLINE | Noted. So, what aspersion has been cast his way this time?
This time, it’s all about him basically trying to regain his stature, to stop people accusing him of things, when Cary picks up a little tidbit that, because of the “three strikes” law, a case that just seems to be getting pushed down the road all of a sudden has an end date that’s very soon. And if, for some reason, that end date gets passed, Sweeney could spend his life in prison. All of the sudden, the heightened pace of the thing and the passion, the energy, gets ramped up and when everybody else says, “OK, now it’s time to get serious and get to work,” well, that’s when Sweeney has his most fun. He likes being in those situations where people are saying what they didn’t expect to say. I think the writers at Good Wife just love this guy, they love to put him in those situations where people are acting and behaving like they never did before.

TVLINE | It sounds like, because of the urgency of the situation, Will and Alicia are perhaps not the best prepared they have been for a Colin Sweeney defense.
Exactly. Exactly. And you better have your “A” game when you’re trying to defend Colin Sweeney.

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TVLINE | Meanwhile, how’s family life for him and the lovely Morena Baccarin (returning as Isobel)?
Well, she is still lovely, I’m happy to report. And [Isobel] is also conniving and will stab you in the back, and I mean that as the greatest compliment. I think that’s what attracts him to her, and this episode is all about: Should they go further? Should they unite in the holy, holy bands of matrimony? Of course, she knows his record, so she’s a little worried about where that would end.

TVLINE | Plus, that family unit did not come together under the most orthodox of circumstances.
Yeah, that is certainly explored in the episode, as well. Morena is just great fun to work with because she, also, just has no problem, no compunction whatsoever, saying whatever she feels needs to on the stand. Sweeney just loves that.

TVLINE | But could this be an instance where Mr. Sweeney’s luck has sadly run out?
It’s very possible — but then again, he’s the kind of guy that makes his luck for himself. He doesn’t leave too many things to chance.

TVLINE | What all keeps you and guest stars of your caliber coming back to The Good Wife? Obviously, the writing is aces….
No. 1, it is some of the best writing on television — and I think I may have said the same thing about Damages, when you and talked back then. I totally believe that in terms of network primetime writing, nothing can beat Good Wife. But the other thing is the atmosphere, and that all starts with [series lead/producer] Julianna [Margulies]. She makes it a place where you can get work done. You know everybody is going to bring their “A” game. They’re ready to fight off you, work off you…. This is the first episode where I’ve been able to explore and have fun with other people, like Josh Charles and Christine [Baranski], and I think it will go even further with Matt [Czuchry]’s character, Cary. All of them get to experience a little Sweeney, and a little Sweeney goes a long way!

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7 Comments
  1. Andrea says:

    Dylan Baker does such a good job playing the completely creepy Colin Sweeney. DB makes my skin crawl and chills run down my spine (and I mean those as compliments.) I’d hate for TGW to permanently end the run of such a fantastic villain.

  2. A says:

    I LOVE this character. He is probably my absolute favorite TGW guest star next to Martha Plimpton (Hope she comes back too!). I know its sick that the character is a murderer but my GOD DB portrays him in such a fascinating way. Every word he says just gives me goosebumps. The guy is excellent as creepy. Hopefully this isn’t the final episode for him

  3. Saint Alicia says:

    Love Colin Sweeney, he’s one of my fav recurring characters. Though perhaps it would be a bit obvious/predictable if he killed a third woman in his life, but maybe she (Morena Baccarin’s character) will end up killing him? It’d be a helluva plot twist, though a shame for him to no longer be around.

    Also, didn’t TVLine provide some scoop a while back about something big happening to/with Alicia (not talking about the promotion/partnership); it was something which apparently only Julianna Margulies was even privy to? What was that about? I’m guessing it hasn’t happened yet, but some more deets would be nice. :)

    • Ronan says:

      It was in an interview that she said we wouldn’t see the twist until episode 20. It airs on the 14th of April.

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