News Briefs: Viewer Backlash Kills Kalinda's The Good Wife Storyline

NOW PLEASE COMPLAIN ABOUT DECLAN ON REVENGE NEWS

... If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that complaining will get you everywhere. Fans of CBS's The Good Wife got all fussy over this season's storyline involving Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and her estranged and pervy husband Nick, and the producers heard y'all loud and clear. So loud and clear that they've decided to back off from the plot and wrap it up as soon as possible. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... Your favorite person in the world Howie Mandel is baaaaaack. NBC has picked up his game show Take It All and will run it in big batches just before the holidays (December 10–17). The program is essentially a high-stakes version of the popular gift-swapping game White Elephant, in which contestants are given a prize and can choose to swap it with the prizes that contestants chose before him/her. What can be more fun than watching someone else stress about free stuff? [NBC via press release]

... The final season of HBO's Treme will be five episodes long. *sad trombone* [Hitfix]

... Bravo is developing a drama centered on the greatest war of all time: the 1980s Cola Wars! Flipping Out's showrunner (reality programs have showrunners?) Andrew Hoegl has written a script about the tumultuous times between Coca-Cola and Pepsi and the millions of people who died from over-caffeination and cavities. Look, I don't like to get political here, but if you think Pepsi is better than Coke, you're an idiot. [Deadline Hollwood]

... Another The Office actor is looking for his next gig. Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin on the NBC comedy, has signed on to star in a comedy that's in development at ABC. Baumgartner would star as a mid-level airline executive. Craig Robinson, Angela Kinsey, and Rainn Wilson also have starring vehicles in the works. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bonnie Hunt and Ben Stiller are developing a comedy at ABC called compliKATEd. You'll never guess what the lead character's name is! Hunt would star as KATE, a "confidently insecure woman with a" compliKATEd "life." Sorry, I had to quit the quoting there to get the KATE in. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Seth Green will guest-star on How I Met Your Mother, where he'll appear alongside his old Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Alyson Hanigan, so this piece of news can't be reported without saying that it's a big Buffy reunion. Seth will play a college buddy of Lily and Marshall's who is like totally way more into them than they were into him. Barring some alien invasion of cataclysmic event like a rabbit uprising, it will air on December 10. [TV Line]

... Rebecca Romijn will star in the new TNT pilot King and Maxwell. She'll play the Maxwell part, a former secret service agent who solves political cases with a guy named King. [EW]

... Mira Sorvino will star in the new TNT pilot Trooper, a drama about a mother who decides to become a state trooper. Yes, this is the same project that was set up at CBS last pilot season but then got passed on. [TV Line]

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Only five episodes next year for Treme?!? This season has been excellent thus far - much better than "Boardwalk Empire"'s rambling waste of a season.
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The Good Wife's been alluding to Kalinda's backstory for quite some time, and since she often crosses the line during her investigations, it's not surprising she might have a bad girl past, or a bad guy husband. But even though she might push the line here and there, she generally does it in the name of justice, so she's redeeming herself while hiding from her past. Until abusive and domineering husband gets of out jail and finds her, understandably mad about her using his ill-gotten funds to run away from him. At first, that could have been quite intriguing. Until it drug on, and on, and on ...

I'm guessing most viewers of TGW aren't fans of Fifty Shades of Twilight type stories, so why would we enjoy watching Kalinda flip-flop between assertive and meekness over and over, and over again? Finish it up, having Kalinda move forward and progress.
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Yuck !!! What happened to TGW?? The plot lines this season are rambling & incoherent. The Kalinda bad husband story line ? Big yawn. It is as though the talented writers from the last several seasons were sacked & they have new younger writers that are, in word, awful. A fly on the wall overheard conversation for the new "writers" brainstorming session.....Dude, lets like make it 'random' & we'll do like that old lady thing my mom was reading about grey or black or something only like way more hip. And like make like this rich old lady want to uhmm what is called? Oh yeah, donate to like the husband's campaign but Dude !! Like she might be a lesbian & it will be really cool cuz you know it will be so like random !?! What ever !!! I. Almost ready to give up on the show. A waste of time & an insult to all the fabulous character & storyline development that first drew me in & then kept me as a loyal viewer.
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Everything JT_Kirk says, I agree with!
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I prefer Kalinda's previous life remain a mystery. I'm hoping Kalinda puts a bullet through her creepy husband and gets away with it. I love Kalinda but The Good Wife needs to stay focused on the law firm plots.
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I read the TVguide article about The Good Wife, and honestly, they have a bad understanding of the problem with Kalinda's storyline and how the audience perceives it. They wanted to make statements about her past and about spousal abuse and round her character out, and they don't think the audience has been on board with that; what they're missing is that they haven't touched well on anything they've tried to do with Kalinda so far - they haven't said anything about who she is, who she was, why she'd be with this rather low-level troublemaker, why she'd let said troublemaker do what he's been doing with her, what her goals are, none of that.

We know exactly one new thing about Kalinda this season, and that's what her ex-husband's face looks like; the rest has been some sexual mindgame that feels about as deep and mature as a Lifetime TV movie's second act. While we've watched Kalinda short-circuit with her ex, the firm has gone through major changes, Peter's campaign has gone through situations and grown, Cary has been forced to share space with Alicia, almost every character on the show has gone through some level of character arc in the month of stories except Kalinda who has unpleasantly screwed her husband in a way that suggests she's not a willing participant. Hence, that storyline has been spinning its wheels and it's time to move it forward and get it over with. They've missed the statement they were intending to make, they lost their way, don't blame the audience for not getting it.
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Who complained, & how many? We were enjoying this stoyline, we just didn't start a online petion to tell the world. 1st whiner wins!
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Preach!!!!
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Can't wait to see Seth Green on HIMYM
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treme should have never made it to 5 episodes,let alone a final season.that show was so boring and awful
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i never liked kalinda's character don't care do whatever with that character.
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Im so glad the Kalinda story is going to be killed, last week I didn't even watch The Good Wife" because it's so stupid, and this use to be one of my fav shows!
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I agree it could have been an interesting twist, but they didn't do anything with it! Mr Big Bad who's so dangerous even Kalinda is scared of him turns out not to be scary at all. Huh?
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That's a bad precedent for The Good Wife. I'd rather let the writers tell the story they want to tell and fail than let the idiot viewers dictate the course of storylines. Do you really trust the judgment of people who complain about filler episodes, flashforwards, downbeat endings, screen time, etc., to guide the course of shows? I don't.
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The networks have a knee jerk reaction to a few complains while the majority of viewers are waiting to se whats next. The 1st whiner wins!
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Man, people are dumb since Archie is a hottie and that seemed like a cool twist.
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I think the Kalinda storyline is excellent. What a shame. Guess the majority of people don't like to be challenged too much.
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It is not a majority of people who complained. The networks just have a knee jerk reaction to a few comments.

The 1st whiner wins!
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Or that those people don't look to television to provide that challenge.
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this should be called hot chick news briefs. Archie Panjabi, Bonnie Hunt , Rebecca Romijn & Mira Sorvino all being hot chicks and all (very attractive women if you prefer).



did i miss a news briefs that said treme's last season has been announced? safe to assume it'll be their next season?
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Seth Green on HIMYM?!?!? I'm freaking out with excitement!
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I'm happy to hear about Kalinda's storyline being wrapped up soon. It was unnecessary, totally set aside from the main storyline... and frankly, I didn't even get what the story was about these two. Less sex/innuendo, more background wouldn't have hurt here.
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Not sure what the fuss was about, I thought it brought an element of good ole earthiness and darkness to the series . All the white collar criminals and liars on The Good Wife was getting tedious and I actually perked up .

Well its still a good show anyway and I'll keep watching.
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Thank goodness. I would have buckled through the Kalinda storyline just because, but it was frelling on gratuitous and ridiculous. It was so uncharacteristic of what we've gotten to know of her character so far. It did nothing it promised as far as giving us more backstory on her character, or providing a hint of danger that supposedly loomed over her husband. It only appeared to be something thrown in the push the envelope once again and be edgy. I don't have a problem with edgy. I have a problem with attempts at being edgy just for the sake of saying you're edgy.
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I love Bonnie Hunt and would watch her show for sure, but the name CompliKATEd is godawful. There are too many sitcoms with Kates. 'Ben and Kate' being one of them and some others I can't think of right now. I'm sure they can do something more creative.
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Thank you, The Good Wife. The entire Kalinda-plot made no sense and didn't feel real. No one acts like that, at least none that I've ever met....and I've met some straaange peeps. It all just made me cringe and do a fast forward.
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As much as I dislike Khalinda's storyline and found it weird, I did trust the writers to take it where they needed it to go and have some pay-off at some point. Americans complain about everything. Don't met them mess with the stiry you want to tell.
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Sometimes the writers' motivation is merely to shock - or to push the envelope enough to generate press. It's not necessarily to improve the story, and the valid complaint here is that it didn't. And while you are entitled to your opinion about "Americans" (as if we're some monolithic culture), criticizing the intended viewing audience points to your problem, not theirs. If the show is to succeed, it needs to be acceptable to "Americans", not you. Maybe you need to look for shows on BBC4 - or find some porn on the 'net.
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If it were any other show, I might agree but The Good Wife writers have always had some point to their story and they have done an amazing job crafting it. And frankly, there are dozens of shows on TV that do things just to shock and never properly advance their story and no one complains about them.



Whatsmore, I don't see how the storyline is offensive enough to makle the show "not acceptable" and stop people watching. People just don't like it. That's not the same as abandoning the show.



And Americans do complain about everything. If the everything had to be acceptabel to you lot, the whole planet would self-combust in its own exceptionalism.



Yes cos shows on BBC4 & porn have such well-crafted stories LOL
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it's pointlessly vulgar... that's the problem... and while i'm not American, I'm sure as hell complaining. :)
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Americans complain about everything and foreigners constantly complain about Americans. So goes the most ridiculous cycle of all time. What's the solution? We'll stop if you do.
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hahahaha - reminds me of the Randy Travis lyrics: "Oh, baby! I'm gonna love you forever, forever and ever, Amen! As long as old men sit n' talk about the weather As long as old women sit n' talk about old men"
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At this point, I'll just ask you to read the story Tim's blurb referenced. It's pretty apparent that the writer's don't have anything particular in mind, and that they are (1) trying to present something we Americans like, and (2) trying to show off the actors. That's all.
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Thank you.
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The problem with the Nick storyline is that it hasn't gone anywhere. Four episodes into the season and all they've done is have sex, fight, sex, throw stuff at each other, sex, fight, and so on. I guess the disappointing part is that they have teased us with Kalinda's dangerous mystery husband since the second season or something. I was expecting him to be a real danger to Kalinda, and that he would really jeopardize her future at the firm. But all this guy has done is play a lovesick puppy around her. I would be fine with Nick as a character if his presence actually led somewhere, now that he has finally been introduced to us. The scenes between Kalinda and Lana are much more exciting, because in them Kalinda is at least behaving like the Kalinda we have got to know her as. It's a shame that they have wasted the potential to uncover a part of Kalinda's back story and motivations using Nick's character.
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Exactly. It really hasn't gone anywhere or appeared to have served any purpose whatsoever. Add on to it that it seemed almost uncharacteristic of what we do know of Kalinda and it just rubbed fans the wrong way. There was no payoff when it came to it. They finally decided to give easily the most intriguing character with the largest fanbase of the show a storyline to unveil some of the layers to her and that was what they went with. It was a huge letdown and didn't make sense whatsoever. It really was a wasted opportunity, and I don't care what anyone says, if it hadn't gone much of anywhere after these four episodes than it wasn't going anywhere in the future. I couldn't believe that Nick posed any sort of danger to Kalinda. All I got was some 50 Shades of Grey ripoff or a Lifetime movie plot or something that didn't even fit the character.
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I agree. I thought he would have a master plan, something dangerous and complex. Not that he was a prevy jerk who just wanted to get back with his wife. Plus, for me it reduced Kalinda's character as a strong woman to put up with that crap.
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Bonnie Hunt and Ben Stiller??? Oookay. Happy for Brian Baumgartner. And Tim, totally agree with you on the Coke thing.
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That Kalinda story line didn't work because it both didn't seem like it was going anywhere and it was grotesque. So good riddance, they should have set up the stakes and the play a lot sooner instead of taking it into sex games and near rape tv. Kalinda was so take charge at the end of last season, it's been hard to watch her spin her wheels over this guy so far with nothing to show except sexual exploitation.
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oh thank god! (and all you whiners out there!) it was just plain old gross (like gross enough to make me NEVER want a soft-serve cone again! - WTF was THAT????) ewwwww!

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Agreed. Pointless and "gratuitous" (which means free, but I'd have paid to miss that).
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