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

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 27, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 27, 2012 |

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.”


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


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


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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