Can The Good Wife exist without Alicia Florrick?
CBS execs may be pondering that question now that star Julianna Marguilies has publicly declared her days as the titular spousal unit are numbered.
The actress dropped the bombshell while giving a speech lauding Good Wife showrunners Robert and Michelle King at the Casting Society of America’s third annual Artios Awards. “[The Kings] think I’m here for them,” Margulies said, according to an article in Vulture. “But I’m unemployed come April, and I think you [casting directors] haven’t seen me in a while, at least not in person, so I thought I should show up.”
The Kings announced earlier this month that they would not return as showrunners for a potential Season 8.
“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 King told TVLine. “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.”
CBS president Glenn Geller told reporters at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour in Pasadena last week that the network hasn’t “made any determination” about the legal drama’s future. “It’s just January,” he added, “so we have to determine if there will be another season or not.”
Can you envision the show continuing — with the focus on Cary, Diane, Lucca & Co.? Or would Margulies’ exit be your cue to bow out as well? Sound off below!