Peter Florrick has a secret weapon in his bid to become governor: Maura Tierney. CBS’ The Good Wife has tapped the ER vet to join the Season 4 cast in the recurring role of Maddie, a self-made billionaire who started her own Internet company and is the doyenne of Chicago Democratic politics. As such, Eli eagerly pursues her money and endorsement for Peter’s campaign.
Tierney — who for half of ER Season 6 overlapped with Good Wife lead Julianna Margulies, playing Abby Lockhart to her Carol Hathaway — is slated to appear in as many as 10 episodes of the acclaimed CBS drama.
Tierney’s recent TV credits include an arc on Rescue Me, the ABC legal drama The Whole Truth and a guest star appearance on The Office.
'The Good Wife': Christine Baranski Previews Season 4's Crisis
Posted: 07/30/2012 3:55 pm
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"The Good Wife" kicks off with lots of drama. When "The Good Wife" returns this fall, it won't be the jolly-go-lucky Lockhart/Gardner we've seen in the past -- it'll be far from it.
"[Season 4] picks up at a very dramatic moment for all the characters," series star Christine Baranski, who plays Diane Lockhart, says in the Entertainment Tonight video below. "The firm is definitely in crisis." Enter Nathan Lane.
Lane will play a trustee for the creditors who comes in and makes cuts to Lockhart/Gardner. Lane's character will be incredibly powerful -- nobody is safe from his axe. Baranski said Lane's character fires an entire department early in Season 4 of "The Good Wife." Goodbye, mergers and acquisitions.
"There's a big, big seismic shift at the beginning of this season," Baranski says. Season 4 opens with Diane in bankruptcy court, something Baranski said is "devastating" for her character to deal with.
In addition to Lane, "The Good Wife" will welcome new faces in Season 4 played by Kristin Chenoweth, Maura Tierney, Marc Webb and Amanda Peet.
Viewers can expect at least one "wonderful" scene between Tierney and Baranski early in the season. But what about the various lovers of Diane Lockhart played by Gary Cole and Bryan Brown? Baranski hopes they return.
"I will insist that they come back just to make my life interesting," she said.
Baranski's co-star, Josh Charles, will have a hand in amping up the drama in "The Good Wife" Season 4. Charles, who plays Will Gardner, Diane's partner at the law firm, will direct an episode this season. According to TVLine, Charles will direct the sixth episode of the new season. Look for Amanda Peet's character to debut during that episode as well.
"The Good Wife" returns to CBS on Sun., Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET.
Press release for the season premiere, but no Maura listed among the guest stars. Maybe she doesn't appear until the next episode.
“I Fought the Law” – Alicia goes on the offensive when Zach is targeted by an overzealous state trooper. Meanwhile, after her ex-husband tracked her down in last season’s finale, Kalinda decides to stand her ground rather than continue hiding, and Diane and Will delve into the firm’s financial problems, on the fourth season premiere of THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Kristin Chenoweth guest stars as political reporter Peggy Byrne, Nathan Lane guest stars as Clarke Hayden, the firm’s appointed trustee and British actor Marc Warren guest stars as Nick, Kalinda’s ex-husband.
The Good Wife, Season 4HDTV-14Open iTunes to preview or buy TV shows. Description The fourth season of the drama finds most of its characters in hot water as Lockhart/Gardner attempts to avoid liquidation in bankruptcy court. Kalinda's estranged husband becomes of the firm's newest client, and starts to throw Kalinda off her game just as Will finally returns to work. Alicia must defend Zach in court after he videotapes a cop who pulls him over for a drug search. She also finds herself in familiar territory when a campaign worker says she slept with Peter just as he gears up his campaign for the Illinois governorship. Peter's campaign is compromised even further after Alicia befriends a feminist financier who then decides to run against Peter. Guest stars this season include Nathan Lane, Rita Wilson, Amanda Peet, and Kristin Chenoweth.
The Good Wife Season 4 Photos: First Look at Maura Tierney
Written By emma fraser on September 16th, 2012 at 10:07 am
The Good Wife season 4 premiere isn’t for two weeks but we have a sneak peek at what will be going on in episode 2. Following on with the theme of The Clash song lyrics the second episode is called “And the Law Won” (episode one is “I Fought the Law”) so this doesn’t spell a whole lot of good for all those at Lockhart Gardner. Spoilers ahead.
Maura Tierney’s character Maddie Hayward will be introduced in this second episode and Hayward is an influential Chicago millionaire who Eli (Alan Cumming) targets as a donor for Peter's (Chris Noth) gubernatorial campaign. As you can see from the promo photos Maggie will also be interacting with her former E.R. co-star as well as Diane (Christine Baranski) so will she have dealings with Lockhart Gardner as well as Peter?
Nathan Lane is appearing for a second time as Clarke Hayden; the court appointed trustee who is overseeing Lockhart Gardner's financial issues and is attempting to cut the firms spending.
We have previously discussed the impressive list of guest stars that are set to appear on The Good Wife and several more big names have been added to that already extensive list. The military court episode that begins a recurring story for Amanda Peet that will see her character become friends with Alicia (Julianna Margulies) will also feature Brian Dennehy as a lawyer who has ties to military contractors. This episode will also see the return of Denis O'Hare as Judge Abernathy and Linda Emond as Judge Kuhn and Denis O'Hare has been tweeting photos from the set (including shots of episode director Josh Charles). Joining the list of illustrious judges this season is Judd Hirsch, who has recently appeared in the last season of Damages.
Several political figures such Donna Brazille and Lou Dobbs have appeared on The Good Wife playing themselves and Bill Maher (host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher) will be doing the same this year and will most likely be involved with the Peter campaign story. In season 1 Chelsea Handler appeared as part of a chat show segment with Amber Madison (Kim Shaw), the prostitute who Peter slept with.
Christina Ricci will be playing a controversial comedienne that needs help from Lockhart Gardner and this will mark Ricci's first return to TV since Pan Am was cancelled.
It isn't only new faces that we will be seeing as Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter) will return to the fray and his money will be very much appreciated (even if it isn't from the most legit source). The Hollywood Reporter reveals that we will be delving into Bishop's personal life, last time we did this was relating to his messy divorce/custody battle that didn't end so well for Bishop's wife. Bishop is an imposing figure and when he appeared at the end of last season he was less than happy with the FBI looking into his affairs while they were investigating Kalinda. Kalinda has enough on her plate with her ex-husband so hopefully Bishop won't add to these issues. Another returning character is my personal recurring guest star favorite and that is Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni, though there are no details yet as to what her storyline will be.
We have previously mentioned that we will meet some of Cary's (Matt Czuchry) family this season and TVLine reports that John Shea (most recently Blair's father in Gossip Girl, but also a former Lex Luther!) has been cast as Cary's father. He has been described as "awkward and stiff" and we can expect conflict with Cary.
Grace (Mackenzie Vega) has been through several phases, including religion and street dance so what's a little boy trouble to stir things up?! Zap2it reports that CBS are currently casting a recurring character called Connor, who is described as "very handsome, cool, isolated, dangerously charismatic." Connor will be a fellow student at Grace's school, a school that Alicia put Grace in to stay out of trouble. I'm pretty sure that Grace is going to be causing Alicia and Peter some headaches this year as she has done in the previous seasons.
We don't know if Martha Plimpton will be back as Patti Nyholm this season (though I hope she will), but Plimpton did win an Emmy last night in the best guest actress in a drama category for her portrayal of Nyholm. Patti is always problematic for those at Lockhart Gardner but this time she went one step further and played a significant part in Lockhart Gardner's new financial crisis.
The season hasn't even started yet and we already have a lot of news to digest. Which guest star are you most looking forward to?
The Good Wife will return on Sunday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Use the arrows above to browse through photos from the second episode for behind the scenes videos head here.
In "And The Law Won," Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) sends Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) to meet with rich feminist Democratic powerplayer Maddie Hayward (Maura Tierney) to try and fix the law firm's lease ... except things don't go as planned. What else do you need to know about the episode? Read on for a few teases.
Maura Tierney holds her own against a variety of "Good Wife" players and is a welcome addition to the show's recurring character pool.