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TCA: 'The Good Wife' panel on an NSA plotline and (yup) Anthony Weiner's wife

Date July 30, 2013

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "The Good Wife" co-creator Robert King promised an intense upcoming fifth season of the CBS drama during the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday, promising "very explosive" stories and likening the situation the characters find themselves in to a "civil war."

He also had a more pungent term to describe what awaits when the series returns on September 29, with Juliana Margulies leaving her law firm.

"It's a shitstorm, so what we want is the quiet before the shitstorm," King noted.

King, along with series co-creator Michelle King and star Juliana Margulies, also discussed the show's tendency to rip plots from the headlines. Naturally, given the show's roots in sex scandal, the conversation turned to New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's recently revealed sexting dalliances. and last week's press conference, during which Weiner's wife Huma Abedin, was trotted out to declare her support for her husband.

"My initial thought (when watching the conference) was that she had she exact look that I tried to capture in the pilot when you first meet the Florricks, and you see standing behind her disgraced man," Margulies offered. "It's sort of a soulless look ... she was just going through the motions."

Margulies added that she feels "complete compassion and empathy" for Abedin. "Having played this character now for four going on five years, I see it differently," Margulies offered.

Another current event that "The Good Wife" panel addressed was the current exploration of the National Security Agency's surveillance program, which exploded with the allegations of Edward Snowden. Peter King noted that the NSA situation will "kind of offers a framework for the year." According to King, a plotline from the third season, when Florrick's law firm represented a terrorist sympathizer, will lead to the revelation that the firm had been monitored.

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