Fans of The Good Wife can officially rejoice: the show has been renewed for a fourth season! For people who have followed The Good Wife for years, this news shouldn’t be surprising (though, admittedly, welcomed), but for those who strictly track ratings, this show can often be found ‘on the bubble.’Why? Your guess is as good as mine. The Good Wife has everything going for it, including an undeniable knack for drama, charm and wit, all rolled into a tidy package earmarked for endlessly enjoyable Sunday nights. Okay, that could be the only downfall of the show: Its Sunday night time slot often results in scheduling conflicts on the east coast, caused by everything from football to golf (seriously… golf? The only thing that could be worse would be being delayed by bowling… or billiards). While the delays can be frustrating, it hasn’t deterred diehard fans one bit.
I’ll be honest: If I could only watch one hour of television a week, The Good Wife is the hour I would pick. Why? It’s smart, it’s witty and it challenges you to think beyond your own scope. More than that, it provides insightful commentary on social, political and world events, perhaps more so than any other show on television — network or cable. Did I mention the outstanding ensemble cast? With Julianna Margulies headlining the show, the smooth-talking Josh Charles isn’t far behind, and with the brilliant delivery and comedic timing of Christine Baranski bringing everything together, The Good Wife is, in my opinion, the smartest 60 minutes you’ll spend in front of the TV (and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll spend half of your time jumping, gasping, clapping and hyperventilating). If you’re looking for something relaxing — this show probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking for something exhilarating and brilliant, pull up a chair — you’re going to be here awhile.
With CBS having confirmed The Good Wife’s season four renewal, now we’re left to guess what kind of drama and intrigue will surface. The Good Wife’s co-creators, Robert and Michelle King have shared some great insight into what we can look forward to in season four (click here to read more), but there’s nothing like opening the conversation up to fans. Time for speculation? I think so.
Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies – Having quickly worked her way up the ladder, Alicia is on the path to partnership at Lockhart Gardner. Of course, she’s had offers from other firms, but are any of them good enough to pull her away from working with Diane and Will? With a handful of episodes left in season three, we’re left to wonder if her next big decisions are going to be made with an eye more closely linked to her finances. Early prediction: Season four Alicia is going to be a force to be reckoned with, personally and professionally. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Alicia and Kalinda finally find a way to fully rebuild their friendship, too. Let there be tequila shots in their future!
Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) — With a tax file that’s shocking thick (well, she was working two jobs when she was at the State’s Attorney’s Office), all bets are off when it comes to what’s really inside. Season four is sure to explore Kalinda’s potential tax fraud surrounding her ‘unsubstantiated income.’This Pandora ‘s Box of secrets will hopefully shine a light on her mysterious past, something fans of The Good Wife have been waiting for since season one. We know Kalinda doesn’t like mess, but could we be lucky enough to see some of her history bubble to the surface? If season three’s buildup is any indication, Kalinda could be in over her head next year. ‘Yet Another Ham Sandwich,’anyone?
Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) and Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) — A political campaign is on the horizon and while we know the writers can’t rehash season two again, we can expect to be in for a bumpy ride as Peter makes a play for the Governorship. We don’t know who his opponents will be, and we don’t know what skeletons will be uncovered on the campaign trail, but the thought of Eli ripping his hair out in the photocopy room once more is strangely alluring. Early prediction: The question of Peter’s potential racial bias is going to grow from a seed to a forest in the blink of an eye. The race card is just the kind of thing on which Wendy Scott-Carr would love to hang her hat…
Will Gardner (Josh Charles) — By the end of this season, Will should be back to work, but with Julius, David and Eli swarming like flies over the carcass of Will’s former ‘golden boy’caseload, his reputation is in desperate need of repair. It seems to me season four will be a year for Will to reflect and rebuild. With a desire to put the past behind him, it stands to reason he’ll be focusing on getting his career back on track, but hopefully that doesn’t mean he won’t indulge in a little extra curricular fun… maybe on the basketball court, or (fingers crossed!), maybe with Alicia. Okay, that’s pure speculation (and wishful thinking) on my part, but you never know what’s going to happen when those elevator doors open next…
Now it’s your turn. What are you most looking forward to now that The Good Wife’s fourth season has been confirmed? Let us know using the comments section below!
The Good Wife airs Sunday nights at 9:00pm EST on CBS.