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Despite Donald Trump’s cable news domination, scripted television’s love affair with Hillary Clinton could serve as a powerful asset for the Democratic presidential frontrunner, experts tell TheWrap. “Hillary Clinton has such an appealing and engaging storyline, it’s become a mainstay in multiple popular primetime dramas,” advertising expert and founder of the Los Angeles-based The Brand Identity Center Chad Kawalec told TheWrap. “She feeds the TV dramas and they feed her.” Clinton’s imprint can be felt across broadcast and premium cable shows. CBS’ drama “The Good Wife” has its fictional Illinois Gov. Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) embarking on a presidential bid against. »
- Itay Hod
"The Good Wife" is so hot right now, it's hard to believe the CBS drama is in its seventh season. By dropping unnecessary storylines (Kalinda and Bishop) and giving Alicia yet another new life-changing wrinkle (working from home), the show has found new dynamics for many of its long-running characters. In particular, Sunday's third episode of the season, titled "Cooked," was a series highlight and proves that the show's still just as good as ever. -Break- Emmy spotlight: Margo Martindale takes control in 'The Good Wife' season premiere In the episode, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and new friend Lucca (Cush Jumbo) worked together on a complicated court case involving a mysterious drug dealer, while Eli (Alan Cumming) encouraged Alicia and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to participate in a mother/daughter cooking TV show to help Peter's (Chris Noth) campaign. The hour was written by Luke Schelhaas and directed by Michael Zinber. »
“The Good Wife” is renowned for its stellar casting, and this season doesn’t disappoint: Two-time Emmy winner Margo Martindale has joined the lineup as Ruth Eastman, a political operative who’s been hired by Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) to help his campaign to win the vice-presidency (behind presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton).
In just the first episode, Eastman went toe-to-toe with Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), whom she unseated as Peter’s chief of staff, and Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), who’s not too happy to be taking orders. Expect more sparks to come in tonight’s episode, as Eli plots his revenge and recruits Alicia as his ally.
Here, Martindale talks to Variety about why she joined the cast, what battles lie ahead, and what she looks for in a role.
First of all, congratulations on your Emmy win for guest actress for “The Americans.”
It was shocking. I »
- Debra Birnbaum
This season, The Good Wife picks up with Illinois governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) throwing his hat into the Democratic presidential ring. As they often do, showrunners Robert and Michelle King upped the ante by having Governor Florrick run against real politicians, rather than made-up ones or fictionalized stand-ins. Peter’s biggest challenger? Hillary Clinton. The Kings spoke with Vulture about the difficult task they’ve set for the show’s seventh season, and how real life has mucked with their narrative. Why did you decide to have Peter run against Hillary rather than a Hillary-like character?Michelle King: It's so much more interesting to us if we could make it as real a race as possible. Robert King: I've never loved shows where they use realistic events but then have to create a fictional country for them to take place in. Homeland is so much fun [because] it involves real events going on. »
- Vulture Editors
There's another presidential candidate joining the already crowded field: The Good Wife's Peter Florrick. Ok, so he's a fictional presidential candidate, but still. In the world of The Good Wife, Chris Noth's character is running for president with the help of Ruth Eastman (Margo Martindale) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is along for the ride with Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) by her side. But Eli is just there to undercut Ruth and potentially destroy Peter. Whatever works best for him, clearly. Peter's running to be Hillary Clinton's vice president, he knows he can never win the presidential election, but he wants on the center stage. So, would The Good Wife stars vote for Peter Florrick? Click play on the »
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Good Wife's season seven premiere, "Bond."] The lawyers of The Good Wife have been through firm changes and personnel changes galore in the past few seasons. But on Sunday's season premiere of the CBS legal drama, one of the show's longest running partnerships came to an end. After Peter (Chris Noth) brought famed political strategist Ruth Eastman (Margo Martindale) onto his presidential campaign, he promptly fired Eli (Alan Cumming) — to the shock of not only Eli himself, but also Alicia (Julianna Margulies). After a little soul searching and downtime at home, Eli made
- Kate Stanhope
Everything is about to change on “The Good Wife” when its Season 7 premiere hits the airwaves on Sunday. Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) is running for president, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) is drinking smoothies, and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is a free agent, mainly because no one will hire her. Oh yeah, there’s a new investigator in town — following actress Archie Panjabi‘s exit at the end of last season — and not only does he not wear knee-high boots, he’s all up in Alicia’s cookies. “I would say the biggest difference is that last year Alicia’s ambitions got away from her humility, »
- Itay Hod
On Sunday's seventh season premiere of "The Good Wife," new addition Margo Martindale proved why she's a two-time Emmy winner. The veteran actress chewed up the scenery with aplomb, dominating all of her scenes with cast members Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth and especially Alan Cumming. Will her new guest role bring her Emmy #3, following victories for "Justified" (supporting, 2011) and "The Americans" (guest, 2015)? -Break- Margo Martindale shocks with short 'The Americans' performance to win Drama Guest Actress Martindale plays political strategist Ruth Eastman in the episode titled "Bond," who's brought in to help run Peter's presidential campaign in place of Eli, who's been at Peter's side for years. Eli is so upset at being replaced that he vows to take both Ruth and Peter down. The episode is written by creators Robert King and Michelle King and directed by Brooke Kenn »
“The Good Wife” doesn’t return so much as reload, inaugurating its seventh season on Oct. 4 by introducing several strong characters. They are coupled with the usual assortment of guest stars, along with name-dropping Hillary Clinton and tying into the current presidential campaign. Funny, smart and more serialized than most CBS dramas, the series remains a minor miracle in this balkanized age, straddling the line between ambitious cable fare and network series that, at least this fall, look determined to party like it’s 1995.
After her own thwarted foray into politics, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is eager to get back to practicing law, but the taint on her name has forced her to scrounge for clients. Despite overtures from the morally questionable Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) to join him, she begins working at the bond court, assisting arrestees who are seeking bail, much to the chagrin of the judge (guest Christopher McDonald). There, »
- Brian Lowry
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
Welcome to "Jurassic World" -- at least the Digital HD version, which is out October 1! The blockbuster "Jurassic Park" sequel, starring Chris Pratt, will be coming out on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 20.
Rich people have problems too -- in this case, their own children. A mysterious man offers an interesting proposition to help six rich parents deal with their intolerable kids: He has seven monsters who are dying to test out their skills. 1 house, 6 kids, 7 monsters. Who will be left standing in "Kid vs Monsters"? Malcolm McDowell, Lance Henriksen, Armand Assante, Richard Moll, and Francesca Eastwood star in the fantasy film, which is out on Digital HD and VOD on »
- Gina Carbone
Vanessa Williams will join the critically acclaimed drama "The Good Wife" in a recurring role this November. Williams will play Courtney Boalt, an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick's (Chris Noth) campaign for President. In the process, she meets Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), sparking a mutual attraction. "There are very few names you can put side-by-side that make you laugh," said Executive Producers Robert and Michelle King. "Alan Cumming and Vanessa Williams are at the top of that list. We couldn't be more excited." "The Good Wife" returns for its seventh season Sunday, Oct. 4 (9-10 »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Vanessa Williams will join the critically acclaimed drama "The Good Wife" in a recurring role this November. Williams will play Courtney Boalt, an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick's (Chris Noth) campaign for President. In the process, she meets Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), sparking a mutual attraction. "There are very few names you can put side-by-side that make you laugh," said Executive Producers Robert and Michelle King. "Alan Cumming and Vanessa Williams are at the top of that list. We couldn't be more excited." "The Good Wife" returns for its seventh season Sunday, Oct. 4 (9-10 Pm, Et/Pt), on the CBS Television Network. The series stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alan Cumming, Zach Grenier and Cush Jumbo. It is produced by Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions in association with CBS Television...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Williams will play an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman Courtney Boalt who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick’s (Chris Noth) campaign for president. She also sparks a mutual attraction with Eli Gold (Alan Cumming).
“There are very few names you can put side-by-side that make you laugh,” said “Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King. “Alan Cumming and Vanessa Williams are at the top of that list. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Season 7 will also welcome new series regular Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Extant,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), plus guest player Margo Martindale. Morgan will play an experienced and calm investigator named Alex whom Alicia (Julianna Margulies) hires. Martindale will recur as Willa Eastman, a campaign operative responsible for past »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Vanessa Williams has booked a recurring role for the upcoming seventh season of CBS’ The Good Wife. She’ll play Courtney Boalt, an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick's (Chris Noth) campaign for President. In the process, she meets Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), sparking a mutual attraction. Williams returned to Broadway last year for a special limited engagement in the musical After Midnight. Previously, she… »
There she is — Miss America 1984 — Vanessa Williams. Williams is set to join CBS drama “The Good Wife” in a recurring capacity, the network announced Monday. The actress and singer will play Courtney Boalt, an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick’s (Chris Noth) campaign for President. In the process, she meets Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), sparking a mutual attraction. Also Read: Christine Baranski on 'The Good Wife's' Writing Snub and 5 Other Emmy Nominee Questions “There are very few names you can put side-by-side that make you laugh,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. »
- Linda Ge
Blazing a trail in 1995, Hackers tackled web culture on screen before the internet really took off. The cyber-thriller helped kick-start the career of a major Hollywood A-lister and swiftly became a cult classic thanks to its Hacker Manifesto.
As Hackers celebrates its 20th birthday today (September 15), here's what happened to the six stars who made up the cyber-punk crew.
Hackers handle: Acid Burn
In 1995, Jolie was a fast-rising 20-year-old actress with Cyborg 2 and some big music videos (including Meat Loaf, Lenny Kravitz and The Lemonheads) on her CV. New York Times critic Janet Maslin was non too plussed about Jolie's performance, saying of her character: "Kate stands out. That's because she scowls even more sourly than [her co-stars] and is that rare female hacker who sits intently at her keyboard in a see-through top."
Now, the 40-year-old is an Oscar-winning superstar with humanitarian work spanning more than a decade and »
The Good Wife doesn't return until Sunday, Oct. 4 (rude!), but we've got the first pictures from the season seven premiere! The episode, currently titled "Grunts," sees the introduction of series regular Cush Jumbo as the new attorney character Lucca Quinn and Margo Martindale as Ruth Eastman. No Jeffrey Dean Morgan—yet! Saturday Night Live veteran Jane Curtin guest stars as Judge Farley and we're already not-so-secretly hoping she becomes a recurring player. You can never have too much Jane Curtin. Meanwhile, Mo Rocca returns as journalist Ted Willoughby. Familiar recurring faces Chris Noth (Peter Florrick on the series), Jerry Adler (Howard Lyman) and Michael J. Fox (Louis Canning) are also set to »
Following reports that NBC is eyeing a limited Law & Order revival series, featuring original cast members of the long-running franchise, creator Dick Wolf on Thursday offered a brief update.
“As you’ve heard, everybody wants to do it,” Wolf told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “It is a question of … most of the people involved are very successful in their careers. To try to get everything in sequence is much more difficult than it looks on the outside. I am always an optimist. »
The Emmy-winning actress will play Willa Eastman, a campaign operative responsible for past successes by underdog presidential candidates in Iowa. Don’t let her folksy charm fool you though — underneath that facade is a cunning intelligence. Naturally, she’ll have run-ins with Alan Cumming’s Eli Gold, who serves as the campaign manager for Chris Noth’s Peter Florrick.
“Every year we look for a character and an actor who can go toe-to-toe with Eli Gold and make him blink,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. ”So we were thrilled when Margo Martindale agreed to play Willa Eastman. Her ability to mix comedy and drama is unparalleled. And we can’t wait to see how Margo and Alan deal with each other.”
Martindale appears in FX’s spy drama “The Americans »
- Whitney Friedlander
Here’s hoping The Good Wife‘s Eli Gold is enjoying his summer vacation.
Martindale (Justified, The Americans) will play Willa Eastman, “a top campaign operative responsible for past successes by underdog presidential candidates in Iowa.” She’s known for “hiding her intelligence and cunning under a fake, folksy charm.”
At the end of Season 6, Eli’s main man, »
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