Having met Doris Roberts I can say she was a delightful woman. Her work on ST. ELSEWHERE, REMINGTON STEEL, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND and countless other shows was always stellar. She reunited with her RAYMOND costar Patricia Heaton on THE MIDDLE in recent years as a foil for the harried mom played by Heaton. Throughout her career she was awarded 5 EMMY AWARDS.
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Fist off, I’ve loved “The Good Wife” since it premiered in 2009. The story of Alicia Florrick, played by Emmy winner Julianna Margulies, as she tried to rebuild her life and law career after her husband Peter’s affair with a call-girl was exposed combined juicy family and political soap opera with weekly law cases (keeping with CBS’ staple of procedural dramas). But “The Good Wife” transcended any procedural drama on CBS or any other network quickly becoming the best drama on broadcast television.
Co-creators of “The Good Wife” Robert and Michelle King announced this week that they are leaving the series at the end of this season. They’re vision for the show was a seven season story arc and for them this is the end. It’s rumored that CBS is trying to negotiate deals for an eight season of the show, which means a new show runner and vision for “The Good Wife.”
I believe CBS should allow the Kings to complete their vision for “The Good Wife” at the end of this season and viewers should say farewell to Alicia Florrick and company. Alicia deserves her happy ending and be allowed to walk off into the sunset gracefully. However, “The Good Wife” is such a good brand that there is a way for CBS to evolve the show with new protagonists and stories.
Other networks have had success with anthology storytelling in recent years and “The Good Wife” could be a way for CBS to get into the game. The show should focus on a woman of color who is running to replace her late husband as Governor. Her only political experience has been that as First Lady of her state. She’s built a career as a successful Chief Financial Officer of a Fortune 500 company. Her opponents will of course use her lack of political experience against her. And even though she was able to turn her company’s financial turmoil around when she came on board, he opponents will spin things to make it look like it was her fault. And, because she’s had a success full career, they’ll call into question her dedication to her family because she wasn’t a stay-at-home mom. The show can focus on many themes including women in politics, race in politics, the effect of local politics on the community and the double standards when it comes to women and power. There could also be an umbrella mystery surrounding her husbanding dealing while in office and the circumstances surrounding his death.For continuity, CBS could enlist one or two, at most, of the current characters to make guest appearances on the new incarnation of “The Good Wife” as legal counsel, or old love interest from the new “wife’s” past.
“The Good Wife” in its current incarnation should go out while still in a good place creatively. This season hasn’t been its strongest, but it still stand out as one of the only quality dramas on broadcast tv. CBS should give the show the dignity of going out with the vision of its original creators, the Kings.
What do you think? Should “The Good Wife” wrap up at the end of season 7? Would you watch a new incarnation of the show in a new setting? Comment below.
With over 400 scripted series on television and countless reality shows, there really is something for every spread across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. But quantity does not equal quality. With Christmas right around the corner, here’s my list of the 5 Best Gifts TV (including digital platforms) gave us in 2015 (in no particular order).
While Niecy Nash’s face certainly isn’t new to television viewers (RENO 911, CLEAN HOUSE, THE SOUL MAN), she’s definitely having her moment in 2015, starring in two primetime series. Nash earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Didi Ortley on the HBO comedy GETTING ON. This was such a well deserved nomination, as Nash has incredible comedic timing and her line delivery is spot on every time. But more impressive is what she’s able to convert without uttering a word. Her face can convey empathy, disgust, annoyance and joy effortlessly. Now in its third and final season, GETTING ON is wrapping up Didi’s story but hopefully HBO will be back in business with Niecy Nash soon.
While her performance as Didi is quite and internalized, the FOX dramedy SCREAM QUEENS gives Nash the opportunity to show up and show out as Denise Hemphill, a security guard determined to catch the serial killer terrorizing a college sorority. I suspect Denise has a tie to one of the sorority girls that will be revealed during the final five episodes. Nash gives an over-the-top comedic performance that has me howling in every week. Again, her line delivery is brilliant and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role.
GETTING ON and SCREAM QUEENS gives Niecy Nash an opportunity to showcase herself as a brilliant actress. If Hollywood is smart she’ll get more high profile feature film roles as well.
SCREAM QUEENS is an anthology series so if FOX renews the series for season two, I hope Ryan Murphy has Nash on his short list of actresses to be featured in the new season. If the television academy is smart Ms. Nash will be a multiple Emmy nominee next year.
Check out Niecy Nash in GETTING ON and SCREAM QUEENS below.
It’s time for the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. This year the categories are filled with a lot of diversity and history could be made if either Viola Davis or Taraji P. Henson become the first African American woman to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Click here for a printable Emmy ballot.
Below are my picks for the major categories:
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Among the acting categories, Joan Cusack finally won for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role of Shiela in the Showtime series SHAMELESS.
Cusack had been previously nominated for the same role as Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series before SHAMELESS moved into the comedy category.
Go to TVLINE for the complete list of winners.
FOX will air the 67th Annual Emmy Awards this Sunday, September 20th at 8p EST/5p PST.
Check back later this week for my Emmy picks in the major categories.