The cast of The Good Wife has Shakespeare on the brain. Granted, the playwright may not seem like an obvious influence on the hit CBS drama, which deals with such thoroughly modern issues as the destructive power of media and the Internet. But as the show charges through its sophomore season, it's exhibiting many of his hallmarks, complete with star-crossed lovers and a purloined letter. (Or make that voice mail.)
"It's a tragic situation. It's Romeo and Juliet!" says a delighted Josh Charles, whose Will Gardner has spent the early part of Season 2 reeling from having his declaration of devotion to Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) — old law school pal, current employee and married object of his desire — rebuffed...or so he thinks. "Like with Romeo and Juliet, our audience knows there was miscommunication between Alicia and Will after a third party stepped in," says Margulies, referencing that game-changing moment when Eli Gold, Peter Florrick's campaign manager, played with lip-smacking shamelessness by Alan Cumming, deleted the message. "But our characters don't."
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