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Why politicos love 'The Good Wife,' and the show loves them back

March 14, 2011 |  2:47 pm

Noth If you've been watching "The Good Wife" this season, you won't be surprised to hear that it has built a faithful following among political insiders, some of whom have even appeared on the CBS drama.

The show's creators looked to the news for inspiration from the very start, even creating fictional versions of figures like Glenn Beck and Julian Assange. But they've also tapped into more niche subjects that fascinate the punditocracy, like the influence of hedge funds on class-action lawsuits and the use of so-called video "trackers" in campaigns.

"A lot of political folks I know watch 'The Good Wife,' " said Ben Smith, a blogger at Politico. "I think it has an unusually deft feel for the real calculations and mechanics of politics."

Read more in this Calendar feature about the politics of "The Good Wife."

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Photo: Chris Noth plays politician Peter Florrick in "The Good Wife." Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS.

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