The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King will not return as showrunners should the Julianna Margulies-starring series be renewed for an eighth season, new CBS boss Glenn Geller said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday.
While The Good Wife has not yet been renewed for another season, Geller confirmed, “The Kings did say they would not be returning after this year.”
Still, that doesn’t mean the show can’t go on. “The show could absolutely continue even if The Kings were not running it,” Geller said. “We have a deep bench on the show. Some of the writers have been there from the beginning. We haven’t made any determination. It’s just January, so we haven’t determined if there will be another season or not.”
“[The Kings] have an arc planned every year,” he continued. “They pitch us, ‘This is what the season’s going to be about.’ We haven’t really discussed beyond this what the series would look like, what next season could be, because they’ve said this is the last year we’re going to be on the show. It can certainly go on. I think you can see every year the producers are able to reinvent what the show looks like. They add characters, some go away, some come on. This show looks very different than it did just three years ago, and it’s still a fantastic show.”
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The Kings, who have previously said that they have a seven-year plan the show, aren’t ending their relationship with the network, though. Their Capitol Hill satire BrainDead — which follows a fresh-faced Hill staffer who uncovers that alien spawn have eaten the brains of a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers — is slated to premiere this summer.
BrainDead is just one of the reasons why The Kings would step back from The Good Wife — and should the show be renewed, their likely successor, according to Geller, would be executive producer Craig Turk, who has been with the show since season 4. “It’s a combination of many things, one of them being they also want to work on new things,” Geller said. “It’s important to them. They have BrainDead, they have a few other things going. Development is important. Creators want to keep creating. I think they have really enjoyed working on the show for seven years and I think they’re ready to move on.”