By Jessica Michele Herring ( | First Posted: Jul 31, 2013 12:06 PM EDT

"What's in the Box?"--On the eve of the gubernatorial election, Alicia (Julianna Margulies, left), Will (Josh Charles, center) and Diane (Christine Baranski, right) find themselves in a series of emergency court proceedings when the validity of crucial ballots is called into question. (Photo : David M. Russell/CBS)

CBS' critically acclaimed drama "The Good Wife" will return for its fifth season with some new characters, some familiar faces and a whole lot of juicy drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Executive Producer Robert King told the Television Critics Association on July 29 that Alicia (Juliana Margulies) and Cary's (Matt Czuchry) desired defection from Lockhart Gardner at the end of last season was the "quiet before the sh*tstorm." King told reporters that the upcoming 100th episode will especially be a "blowout."

The new season will focus on Alicia's decision to leave the firm, which is tied into her complicated love life. "I think [Alicia]'s leaving the law firm because she knows if she stays there, in her peripheral vision [there] will always be Will (Josh Charles)," Margulies said, "and she can't move forward with her commitment to saying yes to being first lady of Illinois as long as her and Will are working together." 

"The Good Wife" is known for incorporating real-life scandals into the show's plot lines, and the fifth season will be no different. This time around, the Anthony Weiner "sexting" scandal in the midst of his run for New York City mayor will influence one of the fifth season's main themes, the apparent positive correlation between increased temptation and a rise in power. King hinted that Alicia's husband Peter (Chris Noth), the recently elected governor of Illinois, may face this dilemma due to the introduction of a new character played by Melissa George. The political intrigue of the Edward Snowden/NSA spying scandal will also serve as inspiration for another fifth season arc. 

In addition to George, America Ferrera and Gary Cole will return, as well as Carrie Preston. Julia Rylance, Ben Rappaport and Jeffrey Tambor will also be joining the cast. 

Although many new characters will be joining the cast, King confirmed that the new season will focus more on the main characters that fans have come to know so well. "It's more about our team, not about the guest stars coming," King said. 

"The Good Wife" will return on September 29 at 9 p.m. on CBS. 

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