The Good Wife - Season 2
| Tuesday 7 August 2012 13:49
His scandal. Her story.
On: Tuesdays (Starts: 28th August ‘12)
AT: 21:00 on SABC3
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
The Good Wife is an acclaimed CBS American legal drama series created by Robert King and Michelle King, and stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, and Josh Charles.
The storyline focuses on the feisty Julianna Margulies who portrays Alicia Florrick, the wife of Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). Peter, a former Cook County state's attorney, has been jailed following a very public sex and corruption scandal. Alicia returns to her old job as a litigator to rebuild her reputation. She will not only have to deal with her career but also with keeping her family together by providing a stable home for her two children.
The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal, as well as by other prominent American political sex scandals, particularly those of John Edwards and Bill Clinton
Meet the cast:
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
As an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award winner, and Golden Globe nominee, Julianna has achieved success in television, theater and film. Julianna’s television credits include The Sopranos, The Grid, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, and the mini-series The Mists of Avalon. She also starred as one of the original members of ER, for which she received both an Emmy Award and SAG Award as Nurse Carole Hathaway. Julianna’s feature film credits include Snakes on a Plane, The Darwin Awards, Slingshot, Ghost Ship, Evelyn, What's Cooking, The Newton Boys, A Price Above Rubies, Traveller, Paradise Road and The Man From Elysian Fields. Julianna will be seen in City Island co-starring Andy Garcia, Alan Arkin, and Emily Mortimer. The film won the Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, and will be release in late 2009 or early 2010. On stage, Julianna made her Broadway debut in 2006 starring in Festen. Julianna completed a successful run in Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns at Lincoln Center opposite Donald Sutherland for which she won the Lucille Lortel Award. Other theater credits include The Vagina Monologues both Off Broadway and in the Los Angeles premiere, Fefu and Her Friends for the Yale Repertory Theatre, The Substance of Fire at the Asolo Theatre, Living
Expenses, Dan Drift, and Book of Names at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, and
Intrigue with Faye at the NY Stage and Film Festival. She also appeared on stage in The Lover, In the Boom Boom Room and Balm and Gilead.
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Christine has achieved acclaim in every medium in which she performed. The two-time Tony, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Award-winner’s feature film credits include Mama Mia, Chicago, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bowfinger, Bulworth, Cruel Intentions, Jeffrey, Reversal of Fortune, Legal Eagles, Welcome to Mooseport, The Ref, Lovesick, Addams Family Values, Life With Mikey, 9 ½ Weeks and The Birdcage, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award. After graduating from Julliard she began earning roles in regional productions and off-Broadway. She received her big break being cast in Tom Stoppard's hit Broadway comedy The Real Thing. Within the same year, she was married, gave birth to her first child and won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award. Baranski went on to earn a second Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance in Neil Simon's Rumors, and a Drama Desk Award for Lips Together Teeth Apart. In addition to the Emmy for the television comedy Cybill, on CBS, Baranski received an American Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. She also received four additional Emmy nominations, one of which was for guest starring in Frasier, and three Golden Globe nominations. Her television film credits include Eloise at the Plaza, Eloise at Christmastime and Recipe for a Perfect Christmas.
Josh Charles as Will Gardner
A veteran of television, film and theater, Josh Charles most recently co-starred in season one of HBO's lauded In Treatment as Jake, the emotionally-explosive husband struggling to save his marriage. His other television credits include two seasons on Aaron Sorkins’ critically acclaimed,
Emmy® Award-winning series Sports Night, for which the cast earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination. He also portrayed civil rights martyr Andrew Goodman in Murder in Mississippi and NPR producer Dave Isay in the Showtime drama, Our America. Charles made his feature film debut in John Waters’ original film, Hairspray, and followed that up with breakthrough performance as Knox Overstreet in the iconic, Academy Award®-winning movie Dead Poets Society. His additional film credits include Crossing The Bridge, Threesome, Pie In The Sky, Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, S.W.A.T., Seeing Other People, and Four Brothers.
This fall, Charles can be seen in the ensemble of John Krasinski’s directorial debut, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. On stage this summer, Charles co-starred opposite Judith Ivey in the Long Wharf Theater production of The Glass Menagerie. Additional theater credits include the U.S. premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Distance From Here, which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast, the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Well-Appointed Room for the
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Caryl Churchill's A Number for director Anna D. Shapiro at ACT in San Francisco. In 2007, he appeared in the world premiere of Adam Bock's The Receptionist for director Joe Mantello at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Matt Czuchry as Cary Agos
Matt is perhaps best known for his role as Logan in Gilmore Girls. His additional television credits include Friday Night Lights, Veronica Mars, 7th Heaven, The Practice and Young Americans. Czuchry attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he graduated with honors and was the captain of the tennis team. In his free time, he loves to play basketball. Raised in Kingsport, Tenn., Matt divides his time between Southern California and New York City. His birth date is May 20.
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
Panjabi has taken acting roles in both film and television, from early appearances in the 1999 comedy film East is East to the recent BBC television series Life on Mars. Her first Hollywood role was in 2005 as a British diplomat in the Oscar-winning The Constant Gardener in 2005; one of her most high-profile roles were in the 2002 comedy release Bend It Like Beckham. In 2007, Panjabi appeared with Angelina Jolie in the movie adaptation of A Mighty Heart. Panjabi has also provided the voices for several characters in the British children's television animation Postman Pat. Panjabi lent her voice to the video game Dead Space: Extraction. Panjabi appeared on the BBC Four World Cinema Award show in February 2008, arguing the merits of five international hits such as The Lives of Others and Pan's Labyrinth. In 2009 she portrayed an MI5 agent in the French movie Espion(s). Her most recent film role is in the British comedy The Infidel.
Makenzie Vega as Grace Florrick
Makenzie Vega made her acting debut at just 5-years-old, appearing as Nicolas Cage’s precocious child in the feature film The Family Man. She followed that up with a starring role in the TV series The Geena Davis Show, playing the title character’s youngest daughter. Vega went on to appear in numerous other feature films, including Made, In the Land of Women, X-Men: The Last Stand, Just My Luck, Sin City and Saw. Her other television credits include guest appearances in Justice, Ghost Whisperer and ER. One of six children from a tight-knit family, Makenzie is the younger sister of Alexa Vega (Spy Kids). Together, the duo is making acting a family profession. In spite of her successful acting career, Makenzie Vega is a gifted student who aspires to become a doctor. She is also a talented soccer player who was recently named MVP of her club team. Born in Los Angeles, Vega
Graham Phillips as Zach Florrick
Graham has been acting since he was 8 years old, beginning with a guest appearance on The King of Queens, on CBS. His other television appearances include Judging Amy, also on CBS, Ben 10: Race Against Time and Crossing Jordan. His television movie credits include Love's Long Journey. On the stage, Phillips starred on Broadway in the title role of ‘Evan Goldman’ in the musical 13. He also played the title role in The Little Prince with The New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. The New York Times called Graham’s performance as The Little Prince smashing. From there Graham went directly into the world premiere of An American Tragedy at The Metropolitan Opera where he played the part of Young Clyde, both opening and closing the opera with a solo. Phillips' feature film credits include Evan Almighty, The Boy in The Box and Noel. He has been in a variety of other professional stage productions, including The Ten Commandments: The Musical and A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Madison Square Garden. At 10-years-old, Phillips was the youngest person to sing the National Anthem to open a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.
Mary Beth Peil as Jackie Florrick
During the 1960s, Peil toured with Boris Goldovsky's opera company and the Metropolitan Opera's national company singing such roles as Susanna in Mozart and da Ponte's The Marriage of Figaro. She also sang with the New York City Opera. In 1971, she originated the role of Alma in the opera Summer and Smoke. Peil was persuaded to take a role in Kiss Me, Kate and soon found herself on Broadway. In May 1983 she was cast in a national tour of The King and I. Peil was nominated for a 1985 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. She starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise. She made her film debut in 1992's Jersey Girl. She appeared on Law & Order in 1994. Peil won an Obie Award in 1995 for her work in three non-musical plays, The Naked Truth, Missing Persons, and A Cheever Evening.
In 1996 and 1997, Peil toured in A. R. Gurney's play, Sylvia. She played in a 1998 off-Broadway revival of the Irving Berlin - Moss Hart revue As Thousands Cheer. Between 1998 and 2003, Peil was introduced to a wider audience on Dawson's Creek. In May 1999, Peil appeared in Hay Fever. In the winter of 2003, she appeared off-Broadway, in Frame 312. In 2008 she appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday in the Park with George. Peil portrayed Nancy Reagan's mother, in the Showtime movie The Reagans (2003). She also appeared in the thriller Mirrors (2008).
Chris Noth as Peter Florrick
Chris Noth was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on 13 November 1954. In his youth, he travelled and lived in England, Yugoslavia and Spain, but never stayed in the same place for long. Chris studied with Sanford Meisner before graduating from the Yale School of Drama. He continues to build upon a versatile career in film, television and on stage. Some of his screen ventures include Robert Zemeckis's Cast Away (2000), starring Tom Hanks; Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy (2001) with Denis Leary and Elizabeth Hurley; and the independent film Searching for Paradise (2002). Other film credits include A Texas Funeral (1999), Getting to Know You (1999), The Broken Giant (1998), Cold Around the Heart (1997), Naked in New York (1993), The Confession (1999), and Mr. 3000 (2004). He recently could be seen in The Perfect Man (2005). Noth is reprising his role as Detective Mike Logan on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). Noth received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Mr. Big on HBO's Sex and the City (1998). He recently starred in and was executive producer of the TNT Original film Bad Apple (2004) (TV), and starred in the TNT epic miniseries Julius Caesar (2002) (TV). Noth's other television movies include Exiled (1998) (TV), TNT's Rough Riders (1997) (TV), and Abducted: A Father's Love (1996) (TV). Noth recently received rave reviews as Teach in American Buffalo at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. He enjoyed a successful Broadway run of the revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man. His most recent New York performance was Christopher Shinn's What Didn't Happen at Playwright's Horizons. He has also performed at the American Shakespeare Festival in Connecticut; New York's Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle Rep, La Mama, and Roundabout Theatre; the Seattle Repertory Theatre; and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Alan Cumming as Eli Gold
Alan Cumming, is a Scottish stage, television and film actor, singer, comedian, director, producer and author. His roles have included Cabaret, GoldenEye, X2: X-Men United, Emma, and Spy Kids trilogy. He has also appeared in independent films like The Anniversary Party, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in; and Ali Selim's Sweet Land, for which he won an Independent Spirit award as producer. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, for which he received an Olivier award, the lead in Martin Sherman's Bent, and as Dionysus in The National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae. On Broadway he has appeared as Mac the Knife in The Threepenny Opera, the Emcee in Cabaret, for which he won the Tony in 1998, and "Design for Living". Cumming also introduces "Masterpiece Mystery" for PBS. He has also written a novel; Tommy's Tale, had a cable talk show Eavesdropping with Alan Cumming and produced a line of perfumed products labelled Cumming. He has contributed opinion pieces to many publications and performed a cabaret show I Bought A Blue Car Today. Retaining his British citizenship, Cumming also became a U.S. citizen in November 2008.
Episode 1: Taking Control
Torn between her passion for Will and her marriage to Peter, Alicia is forced to make her choice.
Episode 2: Double Jeopardy
Cary tries to stack the deck against Alicia during the trial of an Army reservist accused of murdering his wife. Meanwhile, Childs resorts to dirty tricks in an effort to mar Peter's campaign
Episode 3: Breaking Fast
A multi-million dollar malicious prosecution suit leads to an explosive confrontation between Alicia and Glenn Childs. Meanwhile, Alicia's brother, Owen, visits after his questionable remarks about Peter goes viral online and makes Eli apoplectic
Episode 4: Cleaning House
Alicia risks disbarment when Childs' office suspects her of an ethics violation, which could also ruin Peter's political campaign. Meanwhile, a third candidate is revealed in the campaign for state's attorney
Episode 5: VIP Treatment
Alicia and the partners must decide whether to take on the case of a VIP massage therapist who accuses a Nobel Peace Prize winner of sexual assault. Meanwhile, Peter and Eli try to figure out what Wendy's candidacy means for their campaign
Episode 6: Poisoned Pill
Alicia, Diane and Will must regroup when they're caught off-guard by a brilliant disabled attorney, Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox), who uses his condition to sway a jury during a test case for a huge class action suit against a pharmaceutical company. Meanwhile, Peter's campaign is at a loss as to what to do with rising star Wendy Scott-Carr (Anika Noni Rose), and Kalinda reaches out to a former friend, Donna Seabrook (Lili Taylor), to tell her to stop spilling her secrets to Blake
Episode 7: Bad Girls
Alicia is on the road to successfully arguing that her teenaged pop star client, Sloan (Miranda Cosgrove, "iCarly"), is innocent of a DUI, until Cary drops a bombshell that could ruin the starlet's career and life. Meanwhile, Peter's campaign hits a snag when the Democratic Committee tells him to drop out of the race
Episode 8: On Tap
When the government accuses an alderman of taking a campaign bribe from a Muslim extremist group, the team reviews hours of wiretap evidence to mount his defence, and Alicia is startled to discover that some of the tapes pertain to her
Episode 9: Nine Hours
When Alicia gets a vague tip from a courthouse clerk in the appeal case of a death row inmate, the law firm races to secure a stay of execution. Meanwhile, Peter Florrick prepares for his first debate with Glenn Childs and Wendy Scott-Carr
Episode 10: Breaking Up
Alicia and her colleagues face a moral dilemma when they must try to turn a client's son against his girlfriend, after both are accused of murder. Meanwhile, Diane asks Alicia to make a tough decision regarding the company's split
Episode 11: Two Courts
When Will fears his client is not getting a fair trial because the judge is biased toward him, the law firm hires a jury consultant, who claims to predict a case's outcome by reading people's expressions. Meanwhile, Will uncovers information about Bond's intent for the firm
Episode 12: Silly Season
When Alicia's client confesses under duress to murdering a fellow prison inmate, Cary's team seeks to challenge by uncovering an unlikely connection between the two inmates. Meanwhile, Wendy Scott-Carr threatens to expose a Florrick family issue in hopes of forcing Peter to drop out of the race
Episode 13: Real Deal
As Alicia races against Louis Canning to round up the most clients for an Erin Brockovich-style class action lawsuit, a mole is detected in the law firm who seems to be working for Canning. Meanwhile, Diane and Will must put their coup on hold as Derrick brings in a Super PAC as a client
Episode 14: Net Worth
Will and Diane take on a defamation case from a young Internet billionaire, who is suing the film studio for depicting him in a negative light. Meanwhile, Alicia confronts Will about the message he left on her voice mail
Episode 15: Last Shot/ Silver Bullet
Diane represents her on-again, off-again love interest, ballistics expert Kurt McVeigh, when he is sued for testimony he gave in the murder trial of an accused cop killer who was recently exonerated. Meanwhile, Eli has a personal interest in Natalie Flores, Wendy Scott-Carr's illegal nanny
Episode 16: Great Firewall
The law firm of Lockhart, Gardner and Bond sues a social networking site on behalf of a Chinese dissident, who posted an anonymous blog about democracy in China, and was jailed and tortured by the Chinese government when the site failed to protect his anonymity and turned over his IP address. Meanwhile, Eli gets a tip that he hopes will drive Childs out of the race, and Will and Diane hope to wrestle the firm away from Derrick Bond once and for all
Episode 17: Ham Sandwich
Lockhart Gardner law firm represents client and drug kingpin Lemond Bishop in divorce proceedings, even though Bishop wants reconciliation. Meanwhile, Kalinda is subpoenaed for a grand jury investigation
Episode 18: Killer Song
On behalf of the victim's daughter, the law firm sues a convicted murderer who is profiting from a song he wrote describing his crime. Meanwhile, Eli anonymously uses the firm to help Natalie Flores and her family with their legal troubles
Episode 19: Wrongful Termination
To Lockhart/Gardner’s disbelief, Louis Canning returns to face off against Alicia once again when the firm represents families of workers who committed suicide due to miserable working conditions. Meanwhile, Cary finds out shocking information about Kalinda
Episode 20: Foreign Affairs
Lockhart/Gardner represents a small drilling contractor against a major oil conglomerate in a dispute that is going well until a South American dictator complicates the situation. Meanwhile, the election results are in.
Episode 21: In Sickness
Lockhart/Gardner defends a patient in a liver transplant case against rival attorney Patti Nyholm; however, the case takes a turn when Patti is fired from her law firm and asks Lockhart/Gardner to represent her. Meanwhile, Alicia deals with emotional fallout from Peter’s one-night stand with Kalinda
Episode 22: Getting Off
Lockhart/Gardner defends Stephanie Engler, the owner of an adultery Web site, after one of her users is murdered; however, the civil case turns criminal when the murder is pinned on Stephanie. Alicia goes ballistic on Kalinda about her one-night stand with Peter, causing Kalinda to contemplate leaving the firm
Episode 23: Closing Arguments
Despite their tense relationship, Alicia and Kalinda rush to prove their client’s innocence in a murder trial, while the timing might finally be right for Alicia and Will to pursue their relationship, on the second season finale.
The Good Wife II will be broadcast from August 28 at 21:00 only on SABC3
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