Julianna Margulies tried to persuade The Good Wife producers to make Season 8, according to the New York Daily News. The 50-year-old actress starred in 159 episodes as Alicia Florrick in the CBS series, but she apparently wanted the political drama to have new seasons.
Speaking to reporters at the Labyrinth Theater Gala, Julianna Margulies admitted that she wanted to move The Good Wife, which ended its seven-season run this May, to Showtime for new seasons. Interestingly, Showtime is the Viacom-owned cable cousin of CBS.
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Julianna Margulies revealed that she had suggested such an idea to The Good Wife producers, but they apparently didn’t feel too excited about it. But moving the hit political drama from CBS to Showtime wouldn’t be as hard as it may sound, as the two cable networks share a common majority stakeholder.
Julianna Margulies also admitted that keeping The Good Wife afloat on CBS became too challenging after showrunners Robert and Michelle King announced that Season 7 would be their last.
But Julianna Margulies personally thinks the show could be kept alive even without its original showrunners and on another cable network, which is why she suggested moving the show to Showtime.
“I said, ‘Well, you can’t keep the same show if the showrunners are gone, but I would do it if we switched it to Showtime because CBS [and] Showtime [are related].'”
Moving The Good Wife to Showtime would be good news for those who have long criticized the CBS series for being too “childish.” It’s because CBS has rather strict censorship rules, and moving the show to Showtime means that fans could see some nudity (maybe even naked Julianna Margulies).
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Julianna Margulies herself admits that The Good Wife on Showtime would be “a completely different kind of show” and it would consist of 10 episodes per season instead of the usual 22 episodes.
And while producers turned down her idea, Julianna Margulies confirmed that they are doing a spinoff, which she thinks will be “fabulous.” In fact, such The Good Wife stars as Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo have already signed on to star in the upcoming spinoff, which will see its premiere next February on CBS.
When asked how she felt when the Kings didn’t invite her to star in the spinoff series, Julianna Margulies said there were no hard feelings, and added that she would most likely never rejoin CBS.
“I had a great run of it. It was time to hang up those high heels. I’ll never do a network show again, but I’m very much looking forward to doing ‘another’ show again.”
The post-Good Wife Julianna Margulies seems more interested in real-life politics than starring in TV shows, according to the Patch. The Good Wife actress co-hosted a special fundraising event with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The event was held on October 5, while the least expensive tickets at $45 were quickly sold out. But there were also VIP tickets that allowed the guests to take a closer look at both Clinton and Julianna Margulies.
The Supporter tickets were sold for $250, while the Co-Host and Host tickets were priced at $5,000 and $25,000 respectively. The event was promoted as the Women’s Leadership Forum and apart from Julianna Margulies, it featured U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as well as Amanda Renteria, who served as the first Latina chief of staff in U.S. Senate history.
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Julianna Margulies is currently busy filming scenes with Peter Dinklage and Richard Gere for The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, which is set to be released in 2018.
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