Robert King (III)

Robert King (III)

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Robert King is a producer, writer and director. His wife Michelle King is his writing partner, together they created TV shows The Good Wife and In Justice.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Michelle and Robert King were given a pilot order for a new project that aired in the 2007/2008 season. Once again they teamed up with Touchstone and Stu Bloomberg. The drama was called Judy's Got a Gun. It's about a single mom who is also a detective investigating bizarre crimes.

  • Quotes

    • Robert King: (On the character Alicia in the TV series The Good Wife) There is still a lot to discover about her. We're really only a year-and-a-half into knowing this character and there is still so much to learn through Owen [Dallas Roberts]. We're bringing him back to show her family, how she reacts to her kids, the suburban life that is behind her but will come back in.

    • Robert King: (On writing with his wife Michelle) Michelle and I knew where we wanted to write towards, but we weren't forced to write it down for anyone,

    • Robert King: (On the issue of pacing) A lot of people - showrunners, creators - think, 'Oh, won't this be great. Eighteen episodes down the line I'll have this happen,'... ...'They think, 'I can get there by doing this in episode two.' And then the audience just goes away after the third episode and you never get to that episode eighteen.

    • Robert King: (On how his TV series The Good Wife all most wasn't) David went back and said, 'You're not passing. I know there must be some miscommunication,... ...He actually turned what was a 'pass' into a 'yes.' We still don't know quite how he did that.

    • Robert King: (On what he would change about the TV series "The Good Wife") If there was anything we could go back and reverse, it would be the title,... ...I understand why some shows just name the show after the character. How do you find something that doesn't just scream, 'oh, this is a procedural,' or 'this is some kind of wanky feminine drama'? I don't think we escaped that. Really, I think the title has a tendency to make men think, 'Well, here's the menstruation hour.

    • Robert King: (On what he and his wives concept of a 10 o'clock pm show is) We thought we'd try to push some buttons and make the cases very specific because it really does get tired to say, 'oh, here's the murder of the week.' We thought we'd take the 10 o'clock part of it and embrace it, but not in any serious way. The show talks about anal sex but it's for a gag; the show talks about the flotillas and the controversy between Israel and Palestine but it's comic… The only way to beat cable is to surprise people with the content, and that to us feels like it's a combination of comedy and drama that seems very specific to 10 o'clock.

    • Robert King: (On Peter performing oral sex on Alicia on the TV series The Good Wife) The cunnilingus scene that started the year was really coming from character,... ...We did want to explore the idea of how a married couple, that goes through that situation with hookers... moves toward sexuality. We and Julianna don't want her character to run away from her sexuality.

    • Robert King: (On why he thinks the audience has connected with Julianna Margulies as the lead of the TV series The Good Wife) Viewers just seem to have a lot of warmth for her as an actress. Also, Julianna is really kind of subtle and dynamic in the role, and she's adept at both comedy and very intuitive drama. She's just a very smart person. It's good to be able to work with a really smart actress. That's not always a given.

    • Robert King: (On how the TV series The Good Wife manifests itself in terms of network notes) One thing we've bumped up against them on is how we depict oral sex, which we did in our first episode. How much can we show and how much can't we show? Obviously, we're not cable, so it's limited. Sometimes, we like to comically play around with the language to get around our inability to use fuck and shit. For example, when a prostitute slept with Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), instead of saying she wanted to "fuck you all night", she said, "I want to Florrick you all night." We have a lot of fun kind of dancing up to that line of what we're allowed to do and say and what we can't. By contrast, when you watch some cable shows there's a repetition that I think can water down the dialogue. It's like, we get it, you can get away with saying that. Can you just tell the story now? What you should take away is the comedy, not the vulgarity of it.

    • Robert King: (On if his show The Good Wife has clashed with CBS or CBS Productions over its content) That usually sounds like bullshit when you praise the network for how they've handled you, but that's genuinely been the case. We were kind of tentative going in thinking the network might push to make the show more procedural-heavy. But right from the beginning [CBS Entertainment President] Nina [Tassler] told us she wanted us to concentrate more on the personal side, even in the pilot. We do run into stuff where we really try to push the envelope. Every show does. If you're doing it right, you're always kind of bumping up against it.