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The Best-Cast Show on Network Television Adds Four More Brilliant Faces in Recurring Roles

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 27, 2012 | Comments ()


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Over the course of three seasons, it's hard to argue that any show has brought in better guest stars than "The Good Wife." But unlike most dramas that pull in big names, it never feels like stunt casting on the show. They work them in seamlessly, and in a lot of cases, they are brought back for additional episodes later in the season or a season or two later. The two best, arguably, have been Michael J. Fox -- who has an Emmy nomination for his recurring role as Louis Canning, a take-no-prisoners corporate lawyer who exploits his disability for gain -- and Alan Cumming, who was so good as Peter Florrick's campaign manager that he was elevated to series regular.

In addition to those two, "The Good Wife" has marvelously worked in Matthew Perry (as a slimy motherfucker), Gary Cole (as a charming tea-party, gun-rights advocate), Amy Sedaris (as an adversary to Alan Cumming's character), Martha Plimpton (as a bad-ass corporate attorney) Mamie Gummer (who feigns dumb blonde before kicking ass with her intelligence), Parker Posey (as Eli Gold's ex-wife), and a bevy or others, including Michael Ealy, Lisa Edelstein, F. Murray Abraham, Anika Noni Rose, America Ferrera, Scott Porter, and Dylan Baker (as a perverted murderer who is hard not to love), among others.

They've added four more already for next season in recurring roles, and they nicely fit into "The Good Wife's" history of recruiting great actors. They are:


Maura Tierney, who will play a "self-made billionaire who started her own Internet company and is the doyenne of Chicago Democratic politics."

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Nathan Lane, who will appear in multiple episodes in an unspecified role.

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Marc Warren, who will play Kalinda's menacing estranged ex.

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Kristen Chenowith, who will recur as a political reporting trying to get to dig up all the details on the Florrick marriage.


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  • Sara_Tonin00

    Please tell me Tierney will use a Huffington accent.

  • e jerry powell

    I think I am seeing some Chenowith nipple up there...
    It's a bit disturbing, really. I like to think that Chenowith doesn't have nipples for some reason.

    Also, I get the feeling that she'll be playing a re-work of her Aaron Sorkin character.

  • Jezzer

    I really don't like being forced to combine "Kristin Chenoweth" with "boob tape" in my brain.

  • Forbiddendonut

    Always good to see Maura Tierney working. I've had a long-lasting crush on her since the Newsradio days.

  • dizzylucy

    Pretty good additions. I'm especially happy to see Maura returning to TV, and Kristin as well.

  • Ruthie O

    I do not understand why this show struggles with ratings. It has the case-per-episode element that makes other crappy legal shows popular, but it also has a compelling, sexy, and suspenseful series arc. Family drama, legal drama, sexy drama, and political drama-- all in one show!

    Also, if we are being honest with ourselves: Kalinda > Lisbeth. Ya, I went there.

  • BierceAmbrose

    I do not understand why this show struggles with ratings.

    Because it's good, duh.

  • PaddyDog

    Ooh! Marc Warren plays a psycho really well. He will be awesome in that role. I am hoping next season uses the whole Ricketts family-Cubs-Obama Attack Ads-We're not Our Father drama as the basis for a case, because that has so much potential to mine.
    I also hope they stop having Kalinda drive somewhere on her lunch break (suicide episode) to look at a bridge with towering mountains in the background because for a show that gets the whole tone of Chicago politics so well, they really should realize there are no hills, let alone mountains within a lunchtime drive of the city.

  • Sassafrass Green

    I looooove Marc Warren. He has a face that lends itself well to crazy-go-nuts characters and he even played Dracula at one point. My favorite role is the ELO-centric episode of Dr. Who he starred in. It was really sweet and adorable.

  • Armo

    My favorite is State of Play. He was ridiculously good in it. Duplicitous, dumb, unhinged, and getting more paranoid by the minute.

  • arito

    How about Hustle? I love that show.

  • Pflanze

    Until the end. Gag.

  • BWeaves

    What? You didn't like him having a sex life with a cement floor tile?

    Anyway, will Marc Warren wear a long coat with a fur collar? I think that's in his contract.

  • Rocabarra

    This sounds amazing. I just have to add that I absolutely LOVE Carrie Preston's (Arlene from True Blood) character on this show. I wish she could somehow become a regular.

  • Up posted - I can only remember her as Crazy but Awesome Redheaded Lawyer Downstairs, but yes, her.

  • dizzylucy

    Yes, I was going to add her name too. She is so good in her role, I'm happy every time she pops up on screen.

  • pajiba

    YES. HER! She is so good, and I couldn't think of her name to save my life. Thank you. She's like a David E. Kelley character, only better.

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