The Good Wife continues to pay off on its premise. It does not shy away from the anguish and uncomfortableness that Juilanna Margulies's Alicia suffers in the aftermath of her husband's sex scandal. It may be one of the most downbeat scripted shows in network prime time, yet it pulls in big ratings. Aren't we frequently being told that viewers are seeking out upbeat, escapist fare these days? Why is The Good Wife doing so well?
Because it's damn good, and because all that ageist stuff about how people don't want to watch shows starring people over 40 is pernicious hogwash.
Last night's episode was a prime example. We saw more about the woman with whom Chris Noth's Peter flung. We saw a very clever, very realistic way this woman might promote herself in the aftermath of such an affair in this case, by going on Chelsea Lately.
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