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The Year Everyone on TV Died: A Look at the Season of Bombshells

The Year Everyone on TV Died: A Look at the Season of Bombshells

Originally posted 04/26/2014 07:45AM

TV shows pull out all the stops to keep their viewers hooked

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The Good Wife Mourns Bombshell Death: Our Critic's Take | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Julianna Margulies

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The Good Wife Mourns Bombshell Death: Our Critic's Take

Originally posted 03/30/2014 06:30PM

The Good Wife is now a de facto widow. It's hard to imagine a lonelier, sadder lot than hers.

That's what we experience and learn on Sunday's episode (9 p.m. ET/PT) of the CBS legal drama, an established classic that a week ago, after five seasons, suddenly became the sort of show that sends shock waves up and down the Twitter ladder. Lawyer Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was killed in a courtroom shoot-out in one of the most jolting twists ever – a jaw-dropper in an age when shocking twists are becoming routine as meals.

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Editor's Take: Inside that Shocking Good Wife Ending and What It May Mean for the Cast

Editor's Take: Inside that Shocking Good Wife Ending and What It May Mean for the Cast

Originally posted 03/25/2014 11:40AM

Steady gigs in Hollywood are hard to come by, so why would you leave one? Deputy Editor JD Heyman on the constant Hollywood hustle

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Julianna Margulies: 'I Was So Sad' About Good Wife Shocker

Originally posted 03/25/2014 04:00PM



Get those hankies handy.

The promo for Sunday's episode of The Good Wife looks to be a long tearful goodbye to Will Gardner.

Julianna Margulies's Alicia gets the shocking news in a phone call that Josh Charles's character is dead, followed by gut-wrenching scenes, including Alicia saying, "I loved him."

Margulies, meanwhile, is commiserating with frazzled fans still reeling from the loss of Gardner.

The Emmy-winning actress confirmed she's known for a year about the actor's dramatic departure on Sunday night's shocking episode – and she's as sad about his exit as any loyal viewer.

"Every single day I will miss him," she wrote in a Facebook chat Monday. "He is my friend and I love working with him."

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Josh Charles Kept Good Wife Secret for 'Entire Year'

Josh Charles Kept Good Wife Secret for 'Entire Year'

Originally posted 03/24/2014 11:15PM

SPOILER ALERT: The text below reveals major plot points to the Sunday, March 23, episode of The Good Wife.

"What the hell happened?!" exclaimed David Letterman, kicking off his Monday interview with Josh Charles with a question many Good Wife fans would like the answer to, as well.

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Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife

Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters

Originally posted 03/24/2014 12:00PM

Killing off a main character in a television show is a risky move: You're upending the show's world (and putting a coworker out of a job) in the hope that the shake-up will lead to something greater down the line. And guess what? Despite the ministrations of fans, who claim that they will never watch their favorite show without [insert character name here], it often works!

Below, 13 shows that did the same thing The Good Wife did Sunday night, and not only survived, but thrived.

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About That Good Wife Twist … | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife

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The Good Wife's Shocking Twist: PEOPLE's TV Critic Reacts

Originally posted 03/24/2014 11:25AM

The Good Wife now has its own "Red Wedding."

Sunday's episode ended with a violent twist that can be described as either a classic OMG moment or a classic game changer, although to anyone who has followed CBS's great legal drama through its five seasons this was also a heartbreaker.

The wallop can best be appreciated by saying that investigator Kalinda Sharma let her mask of absolute control slip and completely fall: In a hospital emergency room, she began to sob.

WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD …

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The Good Wife Did What? Fans and Stars React to Shocking TV Death | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Julianna Margulies

The Good Wife Did What? Fans and Stars React to Shocking TV Death

Originally posted 03/24/2014 11:05AM

SPOILER ALERT: The text below reveals major plot points to the Sunday, March 23, episode of The Good Wife

Viewers of The Good Wife were gobsmacked by the sudden, unexpected death of its dashing attorney, Will Gardner, on Sunday's episode of the CBS legal drama.

Gardner, a prominent character portrayed by Josh Charles since the series' debut five seasons ago, was gunned down in a Chicago courtroom by his unhinged client. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

Once the episode had aired, Twitter lit up with astonished, sorrowful and even irate posts.

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The Good Wife Bombshell: Creators Explain Why It Had to Happen

The Good Wife Bombshell: Creators Explain Why It Had to Happen

Originally posted 03/24/2014 08:00AM

Are any of your coworkers sobbing quietly at their desks?

If they're fans of The Good Wife, they have good reason: The CBS legal drama hit viewers with a sudden and saddening twist Sunday night as one of its most fundamental characters was killed off from the show.

Read on for spoilers.

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It's a Boy for The Good Wife's Melissa George | Melissa George

It's a Boy for The Good Wife's Melissa George

Originally posted 02/10/2014 04:30PM

"There are no words to describe the love," the actress says of newborn son Rafaël, born Thursday in Paris

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