After being rumoured for weeks, CBS confirmed that this season of The Good Wife will be its last.
The network revealed the information in a bizarre way — on a commercial break during Super Bowl 50. The long-running series airs on Global TV in Canada.
Questions about whether The Good Wife would continue started to surface earlier this season, its seventh, after the creators (husband-and-wife team Robert and Michelle King) announced they were leaving the show.
Julianna Margulies, whose central character Alicia Florrick is integral to the show, also has a contract set to expire this year. She’s won two Emmys for the role.
In a statement, Margulies praised the show, the creators and her fellow castmates.
“Being a part of The Good Wife has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” she said. “As an actress and a producer, it has been an absolute honour to be a part of a series that, throughout seven years, never settled on being just good… but always strived to be extraordinary. I have witnessed magic happen when Robert and Michelle King put pen to paper, and it has been a privilege to be in the company of their brilliance. To the most amazing and talented cast and crew, there will always be a special place in my heart for our Good Wife family. As we close the book on our beloved show, I am humbled and grateful to know that together, we created and were a part of something truly remarkable.”
The Kings assert that the finale won’t be some ridiculous tangent, but rather a natural ending to the series.
“The Good Wife has been the creative experience of a lifetime,” they said. “We’re looking forward to using this seventh season to bring Alicia’s story to its natural conclusion. We couldn’t be more excited and grateful.”
The Good Wife actor Josh Charles tweeted his own goodbye:
The series finale will air on May 8, 2016 on Global TV and CBS.