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The Good Wife says goodbye this May, but not without welcoming some familiar faces back to the series. In addition to the previously announced returns of Margo Martindale and Carrie Preston, The Good Wife well feature the return of Gary Cole…and maybe more. "Yes, a lot," Robert King said when asked about the potential for returning cast members during a conference call about the end of The Good Wife. "Can I just say we're in the works right now trying to get a few and we will know, I would say within the next week. What we wanted to do is see even some people you probably haven't even seen for two years, like Robyn [Jess Weixler] and so on. See where they have kind of ended up and »
One of the biggest surprise plays in Sunday’s Super Bowl was CBS’s announcement was that this would be the final season of “The Good Wife.”
In a conference call Monday with reporters, showrunners Michelle and Robert King said it was always their plan to end the show after seven seasons.
“The story of Alicia Florrick could only support seven seasons,” said Robert King. They had previously announced that they would exit the show after this season, and it was only a question of whether CBS would attempt to continue the show without them. As recently as the Television Critics Assn. press tour last month, entertainment president Glenn Geller has hinted at the possibility of another season without them at the helm.
But on Monday’s conference call, the Kings revealed that they learned in the last week of CBS’s plan to announce the final season at the Super Bowl. »
- Debra Birnbaum
The current season of “The Good Wife” is officially its last, CBS announced via a Super Bowl promo spot on Sunday.
The Emmy-winning drama series starring Julianna Margulies has nine episodes to go in its seventh season. CBS announced the May 8 series finale with a promo spot that aired during the network’s telecast of Super Bowl 50.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye to one of the crown jewels of your network and studio, much less to a show that is among the best on television,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller and CBS TV Studios president David Stapf in a joint statement. “But it also feels very right to end with the seven-year story its creators envisioned, and to celebrate the show’s final run while at the top of its creative game. It has been CBS’s sincere privilege to broadcast and produce ‘The Good Wife’ for seven extraordinary seasons. »
- Alex Stedman
NBC is filling up its winter calendar with a little help from The Voice.
The singing competition show will serve as a lead-in for preview episodes of The Carmichael Show — officially returning for its second season on March 13 (9/8c) — and several new series coming to the Peacock network.
All told, here’s a rundown of what NBC has in store for us in March/April:
Tuesday, March 8
10:30 pm The Carmichael Show preview episode
NBC has solidified its spring scheduling plans, setting premiere dates for three new series and the return of comedy “The Carmichael Show.”
“Carmichael,” which showed some ratings promise when it aired briefly last summer, will be paired with new comedy “Crowded” (from the exec producers of “Hot in Cleveland”) as part of a new comedy hour on Sundays at 9 starting March 13. “Carmichael” will come aboard that night with a pair of episodes, and “Crowded” has its debut on March 20. Both shows will follow the new series “Little Big Shots,” hosted by Steve Harvey, which premieres March 13.
Both comedies will get special preview episodes following episodes of “The Voice,” which returns to the network’s lineup in at the end of February. The “Carmichael” preview is on tap for Tuesday, March 8 at 10:30 p.m., and “Crowded” will get an hourlong preview on Tuesday, March 15.
NBC will also call on “The »
- Rick Kissell
NBC has set the premiere dates for midseason series “Crowded,” “Heartbeat” and “Game of Silence.” “The Carmichael Show’s” Season 2 premiere date has also been scheduled for March 13 at 9 p.m. with two back-to-back episodes. “Crowded,” starring Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston as empty-nesters whose entire family moves back in, will premiere on Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 p.m. Also read: Dick Wolf's New 'Chicago' Law Series Has Exactly the Title You'd Expect “Heartbeat,” starring Melissa George as a boundary-pushing heart surgeon, will premiere Wednesday, March 23 at 8 p.m. “Game of Silence,” starring David Lyons, Michael Raymond James, Larenz »
- Reid Nakamura
Although the entire “Friends” cast won’t be reuniting, plenty of sitcom stars old and new will be together for NBC’s tribute to comedy veteran James Burrows on the Feb. 21 special, “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.”
The TV special marks a huge milestone for Burrows: he has directed 1,000 episodes of television with NBC’s new comedy “Crowded.”
The cast of “Crowded” will be at the special, in addition to cast members from “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace,” “Taxi,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Wings,” “Mike & Molly,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Friends” — though Matthew Perry will appear in a pre-taped segment, as originally planned.
Burrows made his TV sitcom directorial debut in 1974 on an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and is best known for his work on “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier” and “Will & Grace” for which he directed all four pilots. He also directed the pilots of “Friends, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Although a premiere date has yet to be announced, NBC has release eight photos for its new Crowded TV series. From Hot in Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin, this sitcom features a happy empty-nester couple, whose brood returns home.
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