Monday, August 31, 2009

Fall CBS Show Preview: The Good Wife

I am so excited to see Juliana Margulies come back to prime time drama as she stars in a fantastic show coming out this fall on CBS called The Good Wife.

Here's what CBS has to say about this upcoming show:

THE GOOD WIFE is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. Pushing aside the betrayal and crushing public humiliation caused by her husband Peter (Chris Noth), Alicia Florrick (Margulies) starts over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney. As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner (Josh Charles), who is interested to see how Alicia will perform after 13 years out of the courtroom. Alicia is grateful the firm's top litigator, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), offers to mentor her but discovers the offer has conditions and realizes she's going to need to succeed on her own merit. Alicia's main competition among the firm's 20-something new recruits is Cary (Matt Czuchry), a recent Harvard grad who is affable on the surface, but will use any means to ensure that he, not Alicia, secures the one full-time associate position that's available. Fortunately, Alicia finds an ally in Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), the firm's tough in-house investigator. Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician's scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach (Graham Phillips) and 13-year-old Grace (Makenzie Vega). For the first time in years, Alicia trades in her identity as the "good wife" and takes charge of her own destiny. Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, Dee Johnson and David Zucker are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

How about a sneak peek? You know you wanna!

What I think about the show:
I think this show is definitely something that has never been done before. This is a subject that is current, and has not been addressed on a tv show previously. I love that this show focuses on a woman's 'rise from the ashes' as she copes with a life-changing and embarrassing situation. The focus being on a woman taking charge, even though it is against her will, is one to which many women can relate. The combination of her inner workings and her experience with her husband's infidelity, Margulies' character Alicia is very compassionate and down to earth lawyer.

The lineup for this show is also notable. Chris Noth stars as Margulies' husband, and Christine Baranski stars as her attorney mentor. When watching the pilot, the characters seemed to fit well together and interact smoothly. The writing for this show looks to be top notch. I was able to relate and be drawn to the characters after watching this one episode. There were even a few laughs thrown into the mix as well--I'll admit--when Alicia slaps her philandering husband! Even though I have never been faced with such a situation (and pray I never do!) I can certainly understand her fury over being in such a position!

This show has the potential to become one of my favorites! Don't forget to tune in to CBS on Tuesdays at 10 to check it out!

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