This fall brings new dramas and comedies, new loves, and new hopes, so here is the rundown on what too watch, and what too avoid this fall. Now, CBS has been successful with its network and new shows this past year, will it continue with the ER vet Julianna Margulias on The Good Wife….
THE GOOD WIFE is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who must assume full responsibility for her family and re-enter 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
The Good: I label “The Good Wife” the biggest surprise of the season for me. I did not expect when I popped in the DVD review screener to find that it was a show with a great plot, heart, and some veteran and awesome acting. The show is a powerhouse of powerful people starting with the star Alicia (Margulies) who gives us twists and turns throughout the episode that makes you feel for the character personally and professionally. The bosses Diane (Baranski) and Will (Charles) are mentors but also enemies well at lease Diane to Alicia which makes for great power scenes with all of them. The standout however coming out of the pilot is Archie Panjabi who plays Alicia’s PI Kalinda who offers a great comic relief to the tense drama and does it in a fun but dramtic matter. Also look for some great guest spots both non and recurring. I let you be surprised because…
The Not So Good: Absolutely no complaints here except that can we see more Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, and Chris Noth. Thank you and this is the best CBS show this year by a mile.
The Good Wife premieres at 10/9c on CBS after two hours of NCIS and NCIS: LA starting Tuesday, September 22nd.