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Pilot Watch: The Good Wife

The networks have announced their Fall schedules, but which series will be worth watching? Throughout the Summer, as I watch the pilots, I'll be posting my first impressions. Note that a lot can change before a show actually makes it to air, so these aren't reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today's pick: the CBS drama The Good Wife.

What's it about? A politician's wife, shamed by her husband's public sex and corruption scandal, takes a job as a junior associate at a prestigious law firm.

Who's in it? Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Matt Czuchry, Chris Noth

The good: The parts of the story focusing on Alicia (Margulies) trying to navigate life after her husband's revelations are the strongest moments in this pilot. It's certainly timely to tell a story about a high-profile wife caught in the eye of a political storm, and Margulies ably shows what the effects of such a scandal might be on Alicia's career, her children, and her marriage. Alicia's relationships at work are another promising element: Her boss (Charles) is an old classmate curious to see how Alicia does after so many years out of court, while the firm's investigator becomes a fast friend.

The bad: The legal parts of the show feel just like any other legal procedural; I found myself struggling to pay attention to some of the courtroom scenes. I'm interested in how Alicia gains confidence at work and how developments there resonate through her tortured personal life, but the specific details of the case made the episode drag a bit.

Will I watch? Actually, yes. I didn't expect to like this as much as I did, and I'm interested to see more.

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robynallgeyer robynallgeyer 7 years
Curious if the show will offer any coping/healing solutions or will be sensitive to what the partners of sex addicts go through? Just came across a new book, Your Sexually Addicted Spouse - How Partners Can Cope and Heal. The author's research finds that partners suffer from same symptoms as those with PTSD upon disclosure of their spouses' addiction - be it porn, prostitution or illicit affairs. Consensus says the partner is instead a co-dependent. Much there to debate and discuss. I look forward to watching the show. Love the cast.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I'll be tuning in for sure. Great cast.
aliohh aliohh 8 years
This looks excellent. Margulies is among the best, as is Chris Noth. And I love Baransky too. I'll definitely watch this. May bump off CSI (without Grissom any longer) if they place it right.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Josh Charles. 'Nuff said.
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