In some strange twist of fate The Good Wife did not get nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Drama Series category or in the Drama Writing category. Its stars—Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles and Christine Baranski— picked up nominations, and despite having a season heralded by critics and fans alike, The Good Wife was snubbed.
“If you really look back on season five and just watch the whole season unfold, there’s such artistry to it. The court cases are interesting; the personal relationships are so interesting and adult. The office politics—people can really relate to it because it’s very much a grown-up world,” Baranski told E! News. “I’m always saying this: This is a show that doesn’t rely on sensationalism or violence, rape, sex, beheadings and people being in strange, weird, aberrational—particularly women. I love that the women in this show—we’re not victims, we’re not arch-bitches, we’re adult characters living in a tough moral…in a new world where there’s just moral ambiguity and it gets harder and harder to see what’s the right and the wrong thing. I always like to call this show shades of gray. There’s a real skill involved in writing a show that has that complexity and sophistication.”
So where’s the nomination? Ask just about anybody who’s seen more than one episode of The Good Wife and they’ll agree with Baranski’s sentiments. With her 12th nomination overall and fifth for playing Diane Lockhart, Baranski is an awards veteran. While The Good Wife’s snub stings, Baranski is finding some solace in the reaction its caused in the media and fans.
At this point, does getting nominated lose its thrill?
No, I’m no longer a virgin, though…I remember the first time I got a nomination and actually that was the nomination I actually won for Cybill. It is a very cool first feeling, very cool. But you know what? It’s like the wonder of it. This is my 12th nomination—it’s an amazing thing to get the nomination and know you’re with your peers. It’s a pretty wonderful feeling, I’m not jaded about it, believe me.
Watching your work this season it just felt like a done deal because your work as Diane was amazing.
Well, you know, I’ve got to say—look what they gave me to do. I mean, the breakup of the firm, losing the judgeship, getting married and then the loss of my partner and literally leaving the firm in the final episode. As dramatic arcs go, [Laughs.] I really had a good one. I thank the Kings for that. I think they wrote a phenomenal season this year. I’m sorry they’re not being recognized because I think the reason you have three actors with these nominations—Josh and Jules and I—is we were just given such great material and it was a brilliantly conceived season, brilliantly executed.
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As season 5 of The Good Wife recently wrapped, spoilers for the next chapter of the CBS legal drama have already started to do the rounds and the producers of the show dished on Diane’s future and her decision to move to Florrick/Agos.
Michelle and Robert King spoke about Diane’s decision to TVLine. While the finale of the CBS legal drama focussed on many things, one of the important storylines that was teased out and will be be picked up in the next season related to the big changes afoot in Diane’s (Christine Baranski) career. Diane was being asked to run for State’s Attorney amidst all the chaos and office politics at Lockhart/Gardner where the partners have been contriving to kick her out of the firm and take over after Will’s (Josh Charles) death. Diane went to Florrick/Agos asking them if she would be interesting in joining.
“Well, that’s exactly what we hope to explore in Season 6,” Michelle said. “We will not say that it’s definitely happening, but we will say that it is definitely not a thread that we’re going to abandon by any means.”
Robert also spoke about where Diane is at at this place in her life and how she was imbibing Will’s (Josh Charles) traits after his death to keep him alive in some way.
“This is a woman who had the worst tragedy happen to her, which is to have her best friend and business partner die, and Diane doesn’t curl up in a ball and fade away,” she said. “She starts honoring Will by picking up some of his personality, some of his gambling instincts, and it makes her, in many ways, younger. There was a moment when she and Will entered Florrick-Agos for the first time, this old t-shirt factory, and it made Diane nostalgic for starting over again, for the energy of a startup. When you have everything taken away from you, there can be an excitement about starting over again. That’s what you’re finding with Christine [Baranski]‘s character at the end of the year.”
The highlight of the finale was Eli Gould (Alan Cumming) proposing Alicia (Julianna Margulies) becomea candidate for State’s Attorney. The cliffhanger obviously had to do with the big decision Alicia will have to take now.
The finale, titled A Weird Year, aired on May 18.
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Sunday, Sept 21: The Network debuts most of its Sunday lineup the night prior to the official launch of the season, beginning with 60 Minutes (7:00-8:00 PM), the premiere of the new drama MADAM SECRETARY (8:00-9:00 PM) and the award-winning, critically acclaimed THE Good Wife (9:00-10:00 PM).