Fall Preview 09: THE GOOD WIFE


You’ve seen the teasers. You’ve heard the hype. Now there’s only one thing you want to know: Which of the new fall shows are worth watching and which should be avoided at all costs? In this continuing series, we give you the scoop on some of the most highly-anticipated shows of the season. Which will be the next GREY’S ANATOMY… and which will be the new JOEY? Next up, an early look at CBS’ THE GOOD WIFE.

Why We’ll Watch: Because following every great political scandal — from Bill Clinton and the infamous blue dress to Eliot Spitzer’s hookergate — we’ve always wondered what happens to the poor downtrodden wife after she dutifully stands by her disgraced husband’s side at the obligatory media mea culpa. And “after” is exactly where THE GOOD WIFE’s story begins. Six months after to be exact, where we meet Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguilies), the humiliated and betrayed titular wife who, due to her husband’s philandering ways, must leap back into the workforce in order to make ends meet. Oh, and since this is television, it probably goes without saying that Alicia’s return to the workforce ain’t gonna be easy. I mean sure, she quickly lands a job with a prestigious Chicago law firm thanks to her law-school friendship with firm partner Will Gardner (Josh Charles), but she’ll have to fight tooth and nail to keep it when she’s placed under the watchful eye of top litigator Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and pitted against 20-something Harvard hot shot Cary (Matt Czuchry).

What We’ll Fast-Forward Through: The jury’s still out on that. If the series continues to delve into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the conviction of our heroine’s husband, husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) and their fractured relationship, THE GOOD WIFE could quickly find itself becoming great. But if Alicia begins ignoring her homelife to focus on the traditional case-of-the-week tripe that is the hallmark of every CSI franchise and knock-off littering the airwaves, she’ll lose her spot on our “must-see” list quicker than Rod Blagojevich went from Governor of Illinois to hair-related punchline.

Watch Live or DVR: All-star cast that includes SPORTS NIGHT alum Josh Charles, the always enjoyable Christine Baranksi and ex-GILMORE Guy Matt Czuchry aside, a season pass for THE GOOD WIFE is a forgone conclusion when you factor in the following evidence: Its 10 p.m. “competition” is Jay Leno over on NBC and the already-troubled Jerry Bruckheimer procedural THE FORGOTTEN on ABC. In other words, meet next season’s break-out hit. 

THE GOOD WIFE premieres this fall on Tuesday night at 10PM on CBS (GlobalTV in Canada)

  • MARC

    forgotten isn’t troubled. It has become routine for recasting after a pilot is picked up. Remember when everyone said BROTHERS & SISTERS was troubled- it’s going into year 4.

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