Looks like Kalinda Sharma will be hanging up her leather jacket for good.
Archie Panjabi, the Emmy-winning actress who plays the notoriously secretive investigator and “Good Wife” fan favorite, is leaving the series after six seasons.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Panjabi will not be renewing her contract with the CBS drama, focusing instead on a newly signed deal for 20th Century TV to develop her own starring vehicle.
“Archie is an Emmy award-winning dramatic actress, and rightly so,” declared Sharon Klein, executive vice president of casting for 20th Century. “Her work on ‘The Good Wife’ has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own. We couldn’t be happier that it will be with us.”
“The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King chimed in, adding, “Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful and sexy character. It’s been a pleasure to write for her, and we’ll be sad to see her go,” they said. “But we still have her for the rest of season six, so let’s not exhaust our goodbyes yet. We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen.”
That’s all well and good, but what of Kalinda’s trademark wardrobe?
“Either way, we’re keeping the boots,” the Kings confirmed.
We’ll see what Alicia Florrick has to say about that.
“The Good Wife” airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on CBS.
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