While singing won’t help Alicia Florrick win in the courtroom any time soon, Emmy winner Julianna Margulies proved she could at least boldly attempt to carry a tune on last night’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
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Female friendships are few and far between on television. And good female friendships are even harder to find. So when BuzzFeed brought up the point that The Good Wife‘s Alicia and Kalinda haven’t appeared in the same room together in more than 30 episodes (that is, a season and a half), I immediately felt as if the show were doing a injustice to women—and specifically, to the friendship that these two characters had formed.
But upon further thought, I realized that just the opposite was happening.
Alicia and Kalinda aren’t like most female friends on TV. Unlike the girls of The Big Bang Theory or just about any pairing on Glee, they don’t become fast friends because they need to gossip. At first, they barely speak about anything unrelated to a case. Their friendship is a slow burn: It starts as Kalinda offering Alicia a ceremonial drink after her first court case and evolves into drinks on a semi-regular basis, but it only ever gets personal after the two have spent hours and hours trying to get a read on each other. And even then, it’s never sappy or sentimental. These are two women who each need someone in their life who isn’t a liar, trying to sleep with them, or trying to ruin their careers. And it helps that they actually, you know, like each other.
So why isn’t it a travesty that such great friends haven’t been in the same room for a season and a half? Because it’s actually a testament to how strong they are as individual characters. The Good Wife has ensured that each character’s identity is not tied up in the other person. Both Alicia and Kalinda have compelling narratives on their own. They’re smart, and they’re funny, and viewers are invested in their individual stories. There’s more to them than the fact that they’re friends, and there always has been. Alicia has always been a mom first, and some of her richest stories come from balancing her family life while reestablishing her career. Not to mention that Kalinda’s relationship with Will and her original decision to quit her job have no overlap with Alicia. Even in the seasons they are together, most of their best storylines only sort of intersect, and usually only where work is involved.
Yes, watching Kalinda and Alicia’s falling-out in season two after Alicia’s discovery that Kalinda slept with Peter was difficult for fans of their friendship. But it was something most fans knew wouldn’t last forever. Now that time has passed, though, and Alicia has gotten over that event, why aren’t they back together? Why didn’t they hug and cry on each others’ shoulders when Will died?
Because it wasn’t necessary. Female friendships come in all forms, and there is no rule that says they need to involve late-night bottles of wine and girl talk.
Which brings me to another reason it’s perfectly all right for Kalinda and Alicia to have taken a break: They’re not the only strong female friendship on the show. Whether Diane and Alicia are having drinks after Will’s funeral or Diane and Kalinda are talking strategy, The Good Wife is full of dynamic female characters forming adult friendships, almost all of which extend beyond the typical “girl talk” that often stands in as shorthand for female friendship on TV.
And at this point in the show, these are two characters who are too damn busy to worry about getting together for a drink. In the wake of Will’s death, Alicia’s firm has been busier than ever, and Kalinda’s had to work that much harder to help Diane. To that point, they each understand the importance of what the other is doing, and they’re not about to get in the way of the other’s professional life to have a quick chat face-to-face when a phone call will do the trick. To conveniently add in extra hours in the day for Kalinda and Alicia to hang out together would undermine the show’s notably thoughtful and human portrayal of successful, career-oriented women.
But perhaps most importantly, their separation has in no way affected the quality of the show. In fact, the only full season they spent apart was season five—which many consider to be the strongest to date.
So, as much fun as it is to watch Alicia and Kalinda interact face-to-face, the notion that Alicia and Kalinda needed to be in the same room to do their friendship justice was wrong. Essentially, I worried that that their friendship couldn’t stand on its own. But upon further reflection, the fact that viewers still consider them friends after all this time spent physically apart is a testament to the solidity of both The Good Wife‘s characters and this pairing.
It’s hard to imagine The Good Wife without Julianna Margulies playing complicated attorney Alicia Florrick. But Margulies revealed she was actually the third choice for her Emmy-winning role.
“When The Good Wife came to me, it came in such a backhanded compliment. [They said] ‘So Ashley Judd was offered this script, but she’s turning it down,'” the actress revealed during a Hollywood Reporter Emmy roundtable of Best Actress from a Drama contenders. Margulies said she was then told that as long as Helen Hunt passed, she could go for the part. READ FULL STORY
SPOILER ALERT!! If you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife, stop reading now! Major spoilers ahead!!
Our full recap is in the works, but until then let’s talk about what just happened on the season 5 finale of The Good Wife. Thankfully, no one died! But there’s still a lot of change on the horizon for Alicia & Co. (Seriously. Stop reading now if you haven’t watched the episode!) READ FULL STORY
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Too many finales, too little time! That seems to be the theme of the week, with eight finales on the agenda in eight days. But don’t think that’s all this week has to offer. Thanks to Godzilla, your summer blockbuster tour can continue. Plus, there’s a new Black Keys album to keep you company in all of your post-finale mood swings.
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Everyone stop panicking, because we’ve found Will Gardner! He isn’t dead after all! He’s simply having a bit of a mid-life crisis, guys, and it’s OK. I have a plan to get him back to his rightful home on The Good Wife.
In a segment titled “The Foodroom” on Inside Amy Schumer, we find Will struggling with his new career choice. As Amy tells him in the clip, he’s damaged goods, and we all know why. Clearly, he was mistaken for dead and then forced to leave Chicago (and Alicia) behind. Plus, he was obviously forced to change his name to J.J.
Now, he’s stuck in an unhappy relationship with Amy Schumer while he works as a manager at a fast food restaurant and tries to relive his glory days. He even walks around giving inspirational speeches like he’s still working a courtroom. It breaks my heart.
Here’s some perspective for you: Old Will had a nice apartment, a comfortable bed — right Alicia? — and spent his days fighting for justice. The new Will has a bassist as a roommate, sleeps on a futon, and spends his days fighting for obesity. But one thing we can hold onto: He still knows how to clear a
Watch the Newsroom-esque clip below (bestowed upon you by Aaron Sorkin): READ FULL STORY
Missed last night’s The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, or Real Housewives of Atlanta? Catch up with our recaps below!
It’s been a bad week to be a ‘shipper. Last Sunday, The Good Wife killed off legal eagle Will Gardner (Josh Charles), gunning down the dreams of fans who’ve hoped that the series would reunite Will with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). That same night, Girls drove a wedge between Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver): In a development as out-of-the-blue as the bullets that claimed Will’s life, Hannah was accepted into the University of Iowa’s prestigious writers’ workshop, then mishandled the communication of the news with Adam, who used the occasion to break up with her after a season of growing doubt about their relationship. A couple days later, another pair of scrappy-scruffy love birds surrendered to anxieties about their union when New Girl‘s Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) decided to decouple and revert back to just-friendship. All this, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin called it quits, too. It’s all very sad and Phil Collinsy.
With the three television shows, ‘ship death (and just plain death) brings creative opportunity (albeit not before an obligatory grief ep or two). As Mark Harris observes, Will’s death should seed “dramatic possibility” for several characters, notably Alicia and Diane (Christine Baranski). Season 4 of Girls (due next year) could feel like a markedly different show — one with new characters, conflicts, and of course setting — if Hannah follows through and relocates to Iowa. And New Girl – struggling since the sitcom put Jess and Nick together — has a chance to win us over anew by basically reverting to its original settings.
It feels like every day brings news of another major character leaving one of our beloved shows. The recent influx started with Sandra Oh announcing that after 10 seasons, she was ready to say goodbye to Grey’s Anatomy. From there, we’ve had Paul Guilfoyle leaving CSI, Dan Bucatinsky leaving Scandal, Daniel Sharman leaving Teen Wolf, Claire Holt leaving The Originals, Josh Charles leaving The Good Wife, and really recently, even more Grey’s exits, to name a few.
But if television is at its best right now, with actors like Kevin Spacey and Matthew McConaughey joining the ranks of the small screen, then what is up with all the farewells? Was it something TV said?
I highly doubt it, but there’s a little something I’d like to say to TV. READ FULL STORY
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