The Good Wife Video: Vanessa Williams to Recur as Love Interest for Eli

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Vanessa Williams is joining CBS’ The Good Wife in a recurring role, TVLine has learned.

In the Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet video below, Alan Cumming — who this year was again nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama — told TVLine’s Michael Ausiello hat the former Ugly Betty scene stealer will appear in multiple episodes as a love interest for his character, Eli Gold.

(So, he has moved on from Betty aka America Ferrera to Wilhelmina….?)

According to CBS, Williams will play Courtney Boalt, “an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick’s (Chris Noth) campaign for President. In the process, she meets Eli, sparking a mutual attraction.”

“There are very few names you can put side-by-side that make you laugh,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King, in a release. “Alan Cumming and Vanessa Williams are at the top of that list. We couldn’t be more excited.”

The Good Wife opens Season 7 on Sunday, Oct. 4.

In addition to her thrice Emmy-nominated Ugly Betty run, Williams’ previous TV credits include Desperate Housewives, 666 Park Avenue and Boomtown.

Watch Cumming discuss Williams’ casting in this red carpet video: