‘The Good Wife’ Will End This Season

One of the big surprises at the Super Bowl last night as an ad with a shocking announcement: successful CBS drama The Good Wife will be coming to an end this season.

Although rumors ran rampant that the show was at risk of being canceled at the end of Season 7 in May, CBS remained mum on the question of whether or not the show would continue into the 2016-2017 TV season. The only thing we knew for certain was that co-creators Robert and Michelle King would be leaving the series at the end of Season 7. If the show had been renewed, CBS would have had to find a new showrunner. Perhaps the headache of replacing the showrunners factored into the decision to end the show, or perhaps it was simply time for the show to wrap up. Right now, it seems like the latter explanation is the truth, as CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller and CBS Television Studios president David Stapf released a statement noting that the network simply wanted to stick to the seven-year plan set out by the Kings.

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to one of the crown jewels of your network and studio, much less to a show that is among the best on television…But it also feels very right to end with the seven-year story its creators envisioned, and to celebrate the show’s final run while at the top of its creative game.”

'The Good Wife' Will End This Season

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Julianna Margulies added her thoughts on the show’s cancellation in her own statement: “Being a part of THE GOOD WIFE has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. As an actress and a producer, it has been an absolute honor to be a part of a series that, throughout seven years, never settled on being just good… but always strived to be extraordinary.”

Ultimately, this is the first big cancellation announcement from a broadcast network as we near that time of year where major decisions have to be made concerning next year’s schedule. The Good Wife has long been among CBS’s most consistent drama series in quality (critics love it!), ratings (it averaged 12.17 million viewers for Season 6), and Emmy viability (earning awards for Archie Panjabi and lead star Julianna Margulies, who’s won twice for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. This is to say nothing of the countless other acting nominations the show has earned for its ensemble over the years). With a success like this, a cancellation was going to be surprising, even if the writing has been on the wall for months now.

But what do you think of the impending end of The Good Wife? Sound off in the comments!

And for more from last night’s Super Bowl 50, watch Lady Gaga stun the world with her dazzling rendition of the National Anthem!

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