After her Emmy-winning stint on long-runner medical series ER, Juliana Margulies, who played Nurse Carol Hathaway on the NBC show for six seasons, is set to star in a new legal series. The CBS legal drama The Good Wife follows a politician's wife (Margulies) who starts to carve out her own niche as a defense lawyer. Wife and mother Alicia Florrick is forced to assume full responsibility for her family and re-enter the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal sends him to jail. Joining Margulies is Chris Noth, who plays her beleaguered husband.
As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, Florrick joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner, played by Josh Charles, who is very keen on finding out if his old buddy can still swing it on the court room after her 13-year hiatus. For her part, Florrick is happy that the firm's top litigator Diane Lockhart, played by Christine Baranski, is willing to mentor her, but her gratefulness is snuffed out when she discovers that the help has some conditions and that she has to succeed on her own merit.
Recent Harvard graduate Cary, played by Matt Czuchry, is Alicia's main competition, since while he appears affable, he is determined to beat The Good Wife to secure the one full-time associate position that is available. Alicia finds an ally in the firm's tough in-house investigator Kalinda, played by Archie Panjabi. Pretty soon, the mother of two starts to transform herself from an embarrassed wife of a downtrodden politician to a empowered career woman. Hence, she became The Good Wife
(and mother to 14-year-old Zach and 13-year-old Grace).
Margulies, 43, won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama in 1994 for her role on ER,
in addition to a nom for each year during her stint. Noth, meanwhile, is best known for playing Mr. Big on the HBO series Sex and the City
.- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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