The Good Wife's New Man: Matthew Goode Promoted to Series Regular

The CBS drama has added a new face as it prepares for the life after Josh Charles

By Chris Harnick Mar 28, 2014 2:10 PMTags
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The Good Wife is getting a little more Goode in season five. Matthew Goode has been upped from guest star to series regular for the remainder of the current season, E! News has confirmed.

The Watchmen star made his first appearance in "Dramatics, Your Honor," the 15th episode of the season and the one featuring that shocking twist. Yes, that twist. Goode will appear in the follow up, "The Last Call," and have a pivotal scene with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies).

A source close to the show said Goode will stick around for the rest of this season, but couldn't comment on his status for the recently announced sixth season. News of Goode's casting first as a recurring guest star broke in December.

Series co-creator Robert King told TVLine Goode was brought in to fill the void left by Josh Charles. "Josh created a great jolt of male energy in the show. We wanted an equivalent jolt once we knew Josh was leaving," King said. "So no matter what way Josh was leaving the show, we knew we needed to get more male energy."

Goode's other credits include Leap Year opposite Amy Adams, A Single Man and Match Point. On the hit CBS drama Goode plays Finn Polmar, a hotshot prosecutor in the state's attorney office. He was facing off against Will Gardner (Charles) in the Jeffrey Grant (Hunter Parrish) case. He survived the shootout and attempted to help Will, who ultimately lost his life. "The Last Call" will deal with how everybody reacts to Will's death and sets the stage for what's to come for the rest of the season and Alicia's life.

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"Of course there's gonna be this hole in her life, but how she fills it and how she starts to question her choices—‘Why am I doing this? Why am I representing these a--holes?'—suddenly it's black and white. There's no gray area," Margulies said at a screening of The Good Wife. "A death, I think—anything important that happens in someone's life is a game-changer, and it makes you hopefully a better person for it. You'll see this tremendous loss for her, but the choices she makes from them on are incredibly careful, and they're mostly about her."

The Good Wife airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on CBS.