Is The Good Wife losing its leading lady?
It sure sounds like it according to a speech star and producer Julianna Margulies made Thursday at the Casting Society of America's third annual Artios Awards.
"I surprised Robert and Michelle tonight," she said, as quoted by Vulture. "They didn't know I was going to be here. They think I'm here for them, but I'm unemployed come April, and I think you haven't seen me in a while, at least not in person, so I thought I should show up."
Margulies' shocking and sudden disclosure is much less surprising given the recent announcement that the Kings, the series creators and longtime showrunners, would be leaving after this current seventh season to focus on other projects, namely their CBS summer series BrainDead.
The Kings have been heavily involved with the series from the get-go and the reveal of their impending exit, made by new CBS chief Glenn Geller at the Television Critics Association winter press tour earlier this month, has raised about the series' longevity.
However, Geller sounded optimistic that the show could go on without the Kings, pointing to the "deep bench" of writers on staff, including executive producer Craig Turk, whom Geller pointed to as a possible new showrunner.
"It could certainly go on. You can see every year the producers are able to reinvent what the show looks like," Geller said, pointing to recent cast additions (Cush Jumbo, Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and departures (Archie Panjabi, Matthew Goode). "The show looks very different than it did three years and its still a fantastic show."
Other cast departures over the years have included Josh Charles, who left in season five, and Graham Phillips.
The Good Wife has not yet been renewed for an eighth season.