Throughout its time on air, CBS’s The Good Wife has earned widespread critical acclaim and a slew of prestigious accolades. Despite that, the show has never been a huge ratings juggernaut and there have been rumors for some time now that it’s seventh and current season could be its last. Now it’s official: the series will not be returning to air after the season finale this May.
CBS broke the news in February via a Super Bowl promo that touted the drama’s “final nine episodes.” While the cancellation may come as a disappointment to some fans, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Fans got a hint that the show was on its way out in January, when show creators Robert and Michelle King announced they were leaving the series after its current season. The two had long been open about the fact that they envisioned the show as a “seven-season saga” and decided to stick to that plan, regardless of the network’s wishes.
Though their exit would’ve been a definite loss for the series in future seasons, CBS was still considering extending the series and bringing on replacement showrunners, with the Kings only there in a supervisory role. “We haven’t made any determination,” CBS president Glenn Geller insisted at the time. “It’s just January, so we have to determine if there will be another season or not.”
But the stars apparently didn’t feel the same way. Just two weeks later, star Julianna Margulies essentially confirmed the show’s cancellation during a speech at a Casting Society of America event honoring the Kings. “[The Kings] think I’m here for them,” Margulies told the crowd. “But I’m unemployed come April, and I think you [casting directors] haven’t seen me in a while, at least not in person, so I thought I should show up.”
Since the announcement, Geller has admitted the the Kings’ departure of the series did play a major role in the decision to pull the plug on the show after this season. “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,” he said, per TVLine. “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.”
Meanwhile, the Kings also released a statement on Twitter, saying, “Telling the story of the Education of Alicia Florrick is the creative dream of a lifetime. It was always our plan to tell it over 7 seasons. We wanted the story to have a beginning, middle, and an end — that’s the only way actions can have real consequences… We are forever grateful to our fans, cast and crew and CBS. We’re excited to celebrate the final 9 eps and bring the story to its natural conclusion. Here’s a spoiler: the last episode will be called ‘End.’”
Following the series finale, the Kings will begin work on a new show for CBS, entitled BrainDead. In the meantime, you can catch the current season of The Good Wife on CBS on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.