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CBS used TV’s biggest platform — the Super Bowl — to confirm that the current season of The Good Wife will be its last. The series finale will air Sunday, May 8, the network confirmed in a release shortly following the on-air promo (watch that, below).
Sunday’s news that Good Wife will conclude this season comes as little surprise. Star Margulies said in January that she would be “unemployed come April,” indicating wide speculation that this would be the end of the road for the critical darling when production on the drama wraps. That followed news in early January from Geller that the Kings would be exiting the series after this season. The executive, at the time, seemed optimistic that Good Wife could go on without them, pointing to the show’s “deep bench” of writers on staff — including executive producer Craig Turk, whom Geller acknowledged as a possible new showrunner.
Said the Kings, who have spoken about their seven-season plan for the show multiple times over the years, in a joint statement: “The Good Wife has been the creative experience of a lifetime. Collaborating with the finest actors, writers, producers, staff and crew on ‘The Education of Alicia Florrick’ has been a dream. We can’t imagine working with a more talented, professional, generous lead than Julianna Margulies or more supportive partners than Leslie Moonves, David Stapf, Glenn Geller and Nina Tassler at CBS and CBS Television Studios. We’re looking forward to using this seventh season to bring Alicia’s story to its natural conclusion. We couldn’t be more excited and grateful.”
The Kings took to Twitter after the Super Bowl promo to further explain the decision to wrap up the show: “Telling the story of the Education of Alicia Florrick is the creative dream of a lifetime. It was always our plan to tell it over 7 seasons. We wanted the story to have a beginning, middle, and an end — that’s the only way actions can have real consequences — and it’s the reason we had episode titles count up from one word to four, then back down again (it would have been pretty embarrassing if we were canceled in our fifth season). We are forever grateful to our fans, cast and crew and CBS. We’re excited to celebrate the final 9 eps and bring the story to its natural conclusion. Here’s a spoiler: the last episode will be called “End.” Thank you for a GREAT ride!! R & M”
called “End.” Thank you for a GREAT ride!! R & M pic.twitter.com/TXIcaPl93T
— Good Wife Writers (@GoodWifeWriters) February 8, 2016
Kate Stanhope contributed to this report.
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