CBS to Air Primetime Marathon of 'The Good Wife' on Friday, December 21

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December 14th, 2012

via press release:





CBS will air a primetime marathon of THE GOOD WIFE on Friday, Dec. 21 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT), rebroadcasting three episodes of the drama. The air order will be:


8:00 – 9:00 PM: “Don’t Haze Me, Bro” – Alicia and Diane must constantly rethink their approach when an opposing lawyer keeps changing tactics. Meanwhile, Eli wins a victory in his efforts to protect Peter’s image. Originally broadcast 10/21/12.


9:00 – 10:00 PM: “The Art of War” – When a female military officer accuses a civilian contractor of attempting to rape her in Afghanistan, Alicia tries to prove that he is not protected by a law prohibiting servicemen from suing the military. Meanwhile, a surprising new obstacle appears in Peter’s quest for the governorship. Amanda Peet guest stars as Alicia’s client, Brian Dennehy guest stars as opposing council Bucky Stabler, Maura Tierney returns as Maddie Hayward and Denis O’Hare returns as Judge Abernathy. Directed by series star Josh Charles. Originally broadcast 11/04/12.


10:00 – 11:00 PM: “A Defense of Marriage” – Alicia and Diane agree to let a famous liberal lawyer aid them on their latest case, but they soon realize he may not have their client’s best interests in mind. Meanwhile, Alicia’s mother arrives for Thanksgiving seeking moral and legal support from Alicia and her brother Owen. Academy Award nominee Stockard Channing guest stars as Alicia’s mother and Bruce McGill guest stars as liberal crusader Jeremy Breslow. Brian Dennehy returns as lawyer Bucky Stabler and Bebe Neuwirth returns as Judge Friend. Originally broadcast 11/25/12.


THE GOOD WIFE is one of broadcast television’s most acclaimed dramas. Cast members Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi were recently nominated for 2012 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, respectively.

  • CBSviewer

    CBS wants to see if they could move the Show to another slot.

  • John A

    The ratings will be awful.

  • B plus

    I do agree the ratings will be awful. However, CBS is trying to test the waters to see if it will do well on Friday nights.

  • Liam

    They aired a new episode of the Mentalist last year on a Friday and the ratings dropped a lot but it still managed a 1.8, which is good for a friday, if new episode of the Good Wife could get the 1.7-2.0 region on a Friday then the show would be safe for another season.
    Possibly next year the show might be going to Fridays.

  • John A

    They should air 1 original episode this year on friday at 9pm to test it.

  • B plus

    @John A has a great point. Plus, CSI NY has a better chance of being cancelled than The Good Wife. CSI: NY should be pre-empted one episode in favor of The Good Wife.


    Couldn’t they have put on better episodes then these? These were just shown weeks ago…how about putting on Emmy nominated repeats?

  • DenverDean

    CSI: NY episodes have already been scheduled. The should try TGW when GB flops.

  • david

    I guess that is there way of promoting the show by showing it on a big holiday weekend Friday night. I bet they will get a .7 or .6.

  • AlexFan

    Friday night ratings bad now they are going for terrible

  • rob60990

    LMAO, .5s at best.


    Oh, rob! ROFL 0.5 at best. Pleeze…

  • Cath

    Of course the ratings will be terrible. It’s a stunt. They are repeats. Either you already saw them or will be confused.

  • DW

    a repeat will do better than fringe is doing. listen people its free money to cbs. good choice.

  • DenverDean

    Oh I forgot the humor in “Marathon” – Um, for many cable networks, stripping three straight episodes is a normal night – see USA, TNT (SVU, TM, NCIS, etc.) A real marathon is 8-12 episodes. This is going to be one of the lowest rated nights of CBS’ season.

  • Mon

    Grimm repeats got 0.6-0.8 so The Good Wife will get lower, around 0.5, I agree. If repeats get half the ratings of new episodes, then new TGW would have 1.0-1.2 at best.

  • John A

    Rob is spot on Good wife will get 0.5 at best. It repeats badly.

  • Justin121

    This iin’t testing no waters!


  • Networkman

    I couldn’t tell you what this means for the future of The Good Wife. I remember last season when CBS tried The Mentalist on Friday Night. I thought it did fairly well and was certain that the network would move The Mentalist to Friday when the Fall schedule was announce. Well, I was really surprised when Made in Jersey got the 9pm timeslot instead.

    I do feel The Good Wife should be renewed for a finale season of 13 episodes. I just don’t feel CBS will get an accurate look of how well the show would perform on Friday with 3 repeats. Friday nights are an option for the show. Also CBS could wait until football is over next season and air it @10pm on Sunday. I do feel it should be paired with Undercover Boss once more. That was a great lead in for the critically acclaimed drama. Those shows seem to share an audience.

  • John A

    CBS wont renew TGW for 13 eps. They dont do that give shows final seasons. I think it will get a 5th full season on friday though and if it does awful be given a episode cut like Medium got and be axed.

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