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The Good Wife Exclusive: Kalinda's New Love Interest Cut From Season 5

The Good Wife Cast ChangeKalinda’s highly-touted new romance on The Good Wife is over before it began.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Juliet Rylance — who was set to debut in last month’s premiere as Holly, a whip-smart Assistant State’s Attorney who shares a past with Kalinda — will not be turning up after all.

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Rylance did shoot several scenes for the Sept. 29 opener, but they were cut for time, per a Good Wife insider, who stresses that the English actress was technically only committed to doing one episode (with the possibility of it evolving into a recurring gig).

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In an interview with AfterEllen.com back in July, Good Wife cocreator Robert King described Holly as a “party girl” who possesses a “passionate side,” adding, “She feels like Kalinda is closeted and she really should announce herself, that it’s wrong for her to be so withdrawn about her sexuality. And with Kalinda it’s not a political thing. She’s not closeted, she’s really private. There’s this real disconnect between the two of them.”

UPDATE: According to sources, Rylance’s lead role in Cinemax’s 10-episode Steven Soderbergh-helmed drama The Knick may have been a contributing factor in her abrupt Good Wife exit.