'The Good Wife' hits 100 episodes

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

People who passionately love The Good Wife believe it's the best show on television, and has been for quite some time.

At this specific moment, "quite some time" means exactly 100 episodes. The Good Wife hit that mark earlier this month. And the series will be back with new episodes in early January, continuing its fifth season in a marquee, high-pressure time slot, Sunday nights on CBS and Global.

Certainly lead character Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, is in a different place now than she was back in the fall of 2009, when The Good Wife debuted.

"Alicia was kind of at the bottom of her emotional life and at the bottom of her professional life," Margulies says. "She was living in a little bubble that she allowed to happen.

"When you first met the Florricks, you saw her standing behind her disgraced man (Peter Florrick, played by Chris Noth) with sort of a soulless look. She was looking down. Her body was empty. Her soul was somewhere else, and she was just going through the motions. You go where you are told to go, but it doesn't mean that's your real reaction."

Hmmm ... have there been any examples in real life lately of under-pressure politicians trotting out their wives to stand uncomfortably in front of the cameras while he apologizes for one transgression or another?

Either way, the important thing for Margulies is that Alicia didn't stay buried in that hole.

"It has been such a great journey for her to climb out of it and discover who she is as a woman, discover who she is as a lawyer, realize that she is many more things than she allowed herself to be," Margulies says. "She constantly is discovering things about herself, which is a happy circumstance and also an incredibly frightening one for her.

"I have so much fun because I'm constantly able to grow with the character. That's the privilege of doing television. You get these characters and you live with them, you find out all these things about them. And one of the things we tried to do by bringing in Stockard Channing as her mom is get a glimpse into Alicia's past.

"We then kind of understand why Alicia wouldn't just get up and leave her husband, because that's what her mother did. We're slowly able to open up little tiny cracks into her past to help us understand why she is the way she is."

Margulies certainly has plenty of experience with long-running TV shows, having played Nurse Carol Hathaway on ER in the 1990s. When asked by someone about a past quote where Margulies said something about possibly doing an ER movie, she laughs and corrects, "I did not say possibly doing a movie. I said if George (Clooney) is in it, I'm in it."

Well, that's a completely different thing. Perhaps it's best for Julianna Margulies to stay focused on The Good Wife, where the emergencies tend to be more emotionally bloody than literally bloody.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

 

 


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