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Emmy contenders: Behind the scenes of 'The Good Wife' with Archie Panjabi and Matt Czuchry

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Archi Panjabi 
Today, Awards Tracker checks in with CBS' "The Good Wife," in which Julianna Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, a woman who returns to the law career she abandoned after her politician husband is jailed in a scandal. She joins the firm run by her former classmate Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and his partner Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). She befriends the elusive investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) and squares off against opposing lawyer Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry). Released from prison, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) takes another run for office with the help of his obnoxious campaign manager, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming).

Here, Panjabi and Czuchry offer their insights.

What has been your favorite scene to shoot so far?
Panjabi: “The scene in which Kalinda bashes the car with a baseball bat! I had so much fun with that!

Czuchry: Oftentimes, Cary and Alicia are at each other’s throats. So, I love the scene towards the end of Season 2 where they are on the phone together discussing a case; and then suddenly, the scene turns into a gentle moment between the two of them where they ask how the other is doing in their personal lives.

What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?
Panjabi: I attended the Artist in Residence program at Harvard University and at the end they presented me with a signed Harvard baseball bat!”

Czuchry: When Archie Panjabi won the Emmy.

Matt Czuchry In what way do you hope your character grows?
Panjabi: It would be fun to peel off a few more layers of Kalinda so as to get a deeper insight into her backstory.

Czuchry: I would love for the audience to have a new window into who Cary is through the lens of his personal and family relationships outside of work.

Tell us something about one of your cast mates that most people don't know.
Panjabi: Matt Czuchry is the first person from East Tennessee to ever win the Tennessee State singles tennis championship.

Czuchry: It can’t be said enough: Christine Baranski has an absolutely beautiful singing voice. Hearing it boom in between scenes is quite special.

What's your favorite legal or political drama of the past and why?
Czuchry: "Damages." I love how all of the characters are interwoven in such beautiful ways, which forces the audience to re-evaluate what is truly right and wrong.

[For the record, 11:18 a.m. June 15: A previous version of this post referred to Josh Charles as John Charles.]


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--Elena Howe

Photo at top: Julianna Margulies, left, and Archie Panjabi in "The Good Wife." Credit: John Paul Filo/CBS

Photo of Matt Czuchry by David M. Russell / CBS


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