By Tony Sokol
Good Wife Season 5 SPOILERS: Variety just sent a news blast with the headline “Archie Panjabi to Leave ‘Good Wife’ for Deal at 20th Century Fox TV.” Daily Offbeat normally doesn’t cover this kind of news, but as we do cover psychic and other other-worldly activities, predictions are not off our beat.
I review Sunday night programming for another magazine, but not “The Good Wife.” I usually don’t get to watch it until the next day on demand. I find the acting superb and the writing top-notch, for networks. “The Good Wife” is up against some heavy competition, HBO.
The current storyline has Julianna Margulies’s character, Alicia Florrick, mulling over a run for Attorney General. Her partner Cary Agos, played by Matt Czuchry, is being hounded by the DA because he defends a very successful drug kingpin. I watch the show for Czuchry. I have been following him since his work on The Gilmore Girls. I have been watching the actor who played his father, Gregg Henry, as well.
Cary Argos is at the forefront of the action this season, what with him jailed and running with a bad crowd. As I watched that unfold, I commented that the worse things get for Cary, the better things will get for Matt. I thought it would be a springboard to a starring role. Though, I find supporting players often have more freedom in what they can do as actors. A title role straitjackets the player, until the last episode anyway, The Sopranos couldn’t kill James Gandolfini’s character off until the last frame. If they did, that is.
Variety said Archie Panjabi is signing with Twentieth Century Fox TV in a development deal for her own show.
Sharon Klein, executive vice president of casting at 20th Century Fox said “Archie is an Emmy-award winning dramatic actress, and rightly so. Her work on ‘The Good Wife’ has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own. We couldn’t be happier that it will be with us.”
This season will be Panjabi’s last on “The Good Wife.” The last time that happened, when Josh Charles left the series, they shot his character. Several times. Right on the courtroom floor.
My prediction is that Kalinda will be killed because Lemond Bishop, the well-dressed drug kingpin played by Mike Colter that Cary is defending, orders it. Kalinda is going to get dig up something that gets Cary off, but sends Bishop to jail and he’s just not going to like that.
“Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful, and sexy character. It’s been a pleasure to write for her, and we’ll be sad to see her go; but we still have her for the rest of season six, so let’s not exhaust our good-byes yet. We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen. But either way, we’re keeping the boots,” said Michelle and Robert King, showrunners and executive producers of “The Good Wife” in a statement.
Archie is an amazing actress who will get her own death scene soon. In 2010, If she were signing a contract for an NBC show, there might be a chance Kalinda could go on the run. But she’s signing with 20th Century Fox and for a starring role, that’s a death sentence,
Panjabi won an Emmy for her work on “The Good Wife.” We will next see her in the BBC drama “The Fall” with The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson when it comes to Netflix. If you have Netflix that is.
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