The Good Wife creators/executive producers/showrunners Robert and Michelle King are departing the CBS series after the current seventh season. The exit is part of a long-time plan the duo had publicly discussed to do the show for 7 seasons.
Would The Good Wife continue without the Kings? CBS certainly thinks that is possible.
“The Kings did say they would not be returning after this year, but we have a deep bench on the show,” CBS’ Entertainment president Glenn Geller said at TCA, singling out executive producer Craig Turk, who has an overall deal with The Good Wife producer CBS TV Studios.
The future of The Good Wife will not be decided before the network sees its pilots but it “can certainly continue,” Geller said.
As for where the series would go creatively after Season 7, “we haven’t discussed what the series would look like, what next season would be,” Geller said.
Why the Kings are leaving? “I think it’s combination of things,” Geller said. “They want to work on new things.” Michelle and Robert King created and executive produce CBS’ upcoming summer series BrainDead and have a number of projects in development, including Vatican City at Amazon, which they also wrote.
A number of series have been able to continue without their original creative voice though it is hard for a serialized, character-driven drama as proven by examples like The West Wing. Like The West Wing, The Good Wife has been critically acclaimed as is the last broadcast drama series to earn Emmy nominations for best drama series. The Kings have won a WGA, a Peabody and a Humanitas awards for the show.