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As proof that major TV characters on CBS hits like "The Good Wife" never die (but instead come back to be interviewed by David Letterman on "Late Show")...this:
Josh Charles, AKA Will Gardner, on "Late Show."
In a reasonably huge show departure -- for want of a better phrase at the moment -- Will Gardner was gunned down, and killed in a courtroom scene that no one saw coming, with of course the exception of the actor who played him, Josh Charles.
Charles, an excellent actor who has other professional aspirations beyond a hit show, explains in the clip released last night by CBS that he had signed on only for a portion of this season, while Robert and Michelle King, the showrunners, explain that they wanted this exit to be one of those game-changers that put all remaining protagonists in uncertain emotional terrain going forward.
And now, let the fans debate whether the death of Charles' core character was out of -- excuse the pun -- character for a series more dependent upon the conventions of prime-time legal dramas than upon the conventions of (to pull just one show out of the hat) "NCIS: LA."
Here's the clip and for another clip that may offer bit of foreshadowing, the one that follows explains the ongoing tension between Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will.
CBS, as per recent early spring custom, has picked up most of its schedule for next fall. But conspicuously off the renewal list: "The Crazy Ones" and "The Mentalist.' No word on either, but that may mean nothing -- just that renewals will come later, or CBS is waiting to see how they run out the rest of the season before making a decision. Neither has been a particularly stellar performer this season, so who knows. "The Big Bang Theory" got a three-year pickup yesterday.
In total eighteen series will be back next season, and you can go ahead and name them, but I'll save you the trouble. From the press release:
The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS’s weekly prime-time schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs. The nine dramas picked up are: NCIS, television’s No.-1 drama/scripted program for the fifth consecutive year; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the No.-2 drama for the fourth straight year; time-period winners PERSON OF INTEREST, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, HAWAII FIVE-0 and BLUE BLOODS; as well as CRIMINAL MINDS, ELEMENTARY and the acclaimed drama THE GOOD WIFE. The renewed comedies are 2 BROKE GIRLS, THE MILLERS, which is the No.-1 freshman comedy of the 2013-2014 season, MIKE & MOLLY, MOM and the long-running hit TWO AND A HALF MEN. In alternative programming, the Network announced pick-ups for its Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE and UNDERCOVER BOSS.