Good Wife Creators Not Returning as Showrunners for Potential Season 8

The Good Wife Season 8

Court is about to adjourn for Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.

Should CBS pick up the legal drama for an eighth season, the Kings — who have long said that they had a seven-season plan for the series — will not be back as showrunners.

“The bottom line is CBS is trying to make deals for an eighth season, so we would be there in a supervisory role, but the storytelling we have will finish in the seventh year,” Robert tells me. “That doesn’t mean we’re putting Alicia in her grave, because you couldn’t do an eighth season after that. But to our minds, we have always written with the idea we could end this season a certain way so that it would make it a satisfactory [conclusion to the] series.

“But we don’t own it,” he adds. “But we understand completely  CBS’ interest in it.”

At the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour Tuesday in Pasadena, new CBS president Glenn Geller confirmed the Kings’ imminent exit, and noted that the show has a “deep bench” of producers that could fill the showrunner void. Of course, The Good Wife first has to be renewed for a Season 8. “We haven’t made any determination,” the exec said when asked about a pickup. “It’s just January, so we have to determine if there will be another season or not.”

The Kings will remain in business with CBS. The duo’s new political satire BrainDead is set to premiere this summer.

What do you think? Is this a recipe for certain disaster? Or could a little new blood reenergize the show?

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