The cast of the CBS series: Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, Josh Charles as Will Gardner, Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, Alan Cumming as Eli Gold, Chris Noth as Peter Florrick, Matt Czuchry as Cary Agos, and Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma (Photo : Justin Stephens/CBS)
It looks like the guest cast of CBS’ “The Good Wife” just got bigger. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Peter and Alicia Florrick will once again be the focal point for the media now that Peter has gotten himself elected governor.
Here to lead the legions of political reporters will be “Mad Men” actress Talia Balsam, who was confirmed for an early season appearance as a political reporter. Balsam will join a long list of guest stars to visit the CBS drama in the upcoming fifth season.
Previously confirmed guest stars include Melissa George (Marilyn), Juliet Rylance (Holly), Ben Rappaport (Carey) and Jeffrey Tambor (a judge in the season premiere). As previously reported, actress Carrie Preston is set to reprise her Emmy-nominated role as Elsbeth Tascioni in multiple episodes.
TVLine reported that America Ferrera (Natalie Flores) and Gary Cole (Kurt McVeigh) will also reprise their roles in the drama during the upcoming season. Actor Zach Grenier, who plays David Lee, will not only return but has been promoted to series regular.
In other “Good Wife” news, while life for Alicia may be a bit rough this season, she will at least get some reprieve from her teenage daughter Grace (Makenzie Vega). Executive producer Robert King told TVLine, “Grace has always been an impediment to Alicia’s advancement, and that’s one of the reasons I think she’s not as embraced by the audience as Zach is.”
“This year is a real attempt at a real change in Grace, to see how she and her mom can reach the same wavelength and now allow her differences to become an impediment to Alicia,” King added. “[Their story] becomes an exploration of differences.”
King also shared that the season’s civil war theme, caused by Alicia and Cary’s mutiny from their law firm, will have a big impact on the show. During the Television Critics Association press tour, King told reporters that Alicia and Cary’s decision to jump ship will not be immediately known to their bosses.
“We want to get the audience wet with this difficulty of betraying your firm,” King said. “What we want is the quiet before the s**tstorm.”
“The Good Wife” season 5 premieres on Sunday, September 29 at 9 p.m. on CBS.