In a dramatic announcement befitting both the moment and the show, CBS announced during the Super Bowl on Sunday that “The Good Wife” will end this May.
“Seven seasons . . . hundreds of twists . . . For the biggest ‘Good Wife’ surprise . . . ”
In fact, the commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 said exactly what that “biggest” surprise would be. The show will end this May.
If you blinked, you might have missed it. However, show fans should not be too surprised. Showrunners Robert and Michelle King said last month they would leave the show to work full time on their new CBS series, “Braindead” (starring Johnny Ray Gill, Tony Shalhoub and Nikki James).
CBS executives said at the recent Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena that the show could and would go on without the Kings, but no one believed them.
Then, when “Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies told an industry function a couple of weeks ago that she would “be out of work” this spring, that seemed to indicate the end was indeed near.
And indeed it is.
“The Good Wife,” which launched September 2009, is one of broadcast television’s most esteemed dramas: It has received 39 Emmy nominations and five wins for acting. Margulies won for best actress in 2011 and 2014, while Archie Panjabi won supporting actress in 2010.