"The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies joined executive producers Robert and Michelle King at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday to discuss what's ahead in the show's upcoming Season 5.
Follow along with the liveblog below for scoop on Alicia's relationships with Will and Peter, her potential move from Lockhart/Gardner to Cary's new firm, and more.
07/29/2013 6:51 PM EDT
That's a wrap!
That's a wrap from "The Good Wife" panel at TCA. In summation, a civil war "shitstorm" is coming to Lockhart/Gardner, Peter will seemingly continue to be tempted by the other women in his life, and the Weiner/Spitzer scandals, as well as the current NSA conversation, will continue to drive storylines next season.
07/29/2013 6:44 PM EDT
"I take it as a personal failing"
Robert King takes full responsibility for the failed Kalinda/husband arc.
"I take it as a personal failing because it's something I grabbed at ... I went after theme and not character -- yes, you're making it up as you go along, but you have to always follow the characters. There's something in the character that drives you one way or the other. I thought it was an interesting theme in that it would parallel Alicia's story with Peter, but on a more Kalinda-esque, operatic plane. What's interesting is that Kalinda is losing her connections with other people, as she goes, she's growing more fractured from people and love.
He doesn't know if we'll ever find closure for that arc or what happened to Kalinda's husband. "I don't know. We don't know. It might be like the Russian assassin in 'Sopranos' -- it might be another person out there in the New York woods ..."
07/29/2013 6:42 PM EDT
Anything special in the 100th episode?
Robert King: Yes. We want to have one of those blowout episodes. We're not like a cable show where we get 13 all at once -- the 10th episode comes right at the end of the year and then we're off for a month or three weeks ... We don't have all the details worked out yet or the casting.
07/29/2013 6:41 PM EDT
The concern every year
Robert King says, "We're never really an eleventh hour pick-up," but admits that every year is exhausting when they wrap the season and they wonder if they have enough to come back with. Then they take a vacation, read the news, and get inspired all over again. "The Anthony Weiner stuff is a little too on point, but everything else going on is very interesting to write," he laughs.
07/29/2013 6:36 PM EDT
Don't say, "For a network show"
Margulies: My only pet peeve is that people keep saying "for a network show, you're really great." Put us up on cable -- we'll stand up there too. Smart shows should be celebrated ... instead of pitting us against each other.
07/29/2013 6:35 PM EDT
Are they bothered by the lack of Emmy love this year?
Robert King: I don't care. This was a really good year. You think about some of the shows coming up ... It should be all about quality. The best thing on TV is amazing these days. To be anywhere near that circle of shows is very flattering.
07/29/2013 6:32 PM EDT
Tackling the NSA
"We're doing this NSA storyline that offers a framework for the year," says Robert King. "If you remember, in Season 2 Lockhart/Gardner represented a terrorist ... they've been listened to all this time because they were one hop away from a terrorist." That allows them to comment on the current NSA discussion and Snowden indirectly.
"What we are cognizant of is certain news stories lend themselves so much to episodic television that everyone jumps on them ... the ones that feel right to us aren't about the fold on the front page -- [they're] stories that we can do in a unique way," Michelle King says.
07/29/2013 6:28 PM EDT
The other woman ...
"Melissa George is key to what goes on with Peter and Eli, and we get to a Civil War fairly quickly at the law firm," Robert King says.
07/29/2013 6:27 PM EDT
Will Louis return?
We would love it if Michael J. Fox could come back, but he has his own series so it's about timing and availability, says Michelle King.
07/29/2013 6:27 PM EDT
The Weiner Connection
In terms of the Weiner/Spitzer scandals, Season 5 will deal with Chris Noth's character and the question of "whether sexual dalliances increase with power. Is that a given? Is Chris Noth's character, now that he's governor, going to be tempted by the women around him?"
Melissa George plays someone in his office who may tempt him. That storyline will also allow them to explore Eli's character since Peter's interest in other women puts Eli in a tough position -- "he's trying to curb a man's tastes."
Margulies said that she recognized the posture of Anthony Weiner's wife Huma Abedin from her Season 1 performance. "She had the exact look that I tried to capture in the pilot ... you see her standing behind her disgraced man. It was a soulless look, she was looking down, her body was soulless, she was going through the motions ... ," she noted.
Upon seeing Abedin's familiar pose and demeanor, Margulies said she felt "compassionate empathy because people are so quick to judge and after playing this character for four years, I see it differently. With everyone being able to comment on someone's downfall, it can be very dangerous ..."
The actress said she felt a little guilty that they were able to continue mining from such real-life scandals, describing Weiner's story as "the gift that keeps on giving" narratively, but hoped that the show's portrayal of a woman scorned could provide a solution or inspiration for women in similar circumstances.