"But it also feels very right to end with the seven-year story its creators envisioned, and to celebrate the show's final run while at the top of its creative game. It has been CBS's sincere privilege to broadcast and produce The Good Wife for seven extraordinary seasons. We thank and applaud the outstanding cast, led by the impeccable Julianna Margulies, and the consummate writing and producing team, headed by the brilliant Robert and Michelle King, who brought to life a smart, sophisticated series that has delivered audiences so many memorable characters and unforgettable moments. It is a series that will only grow in prestige as its episodes are watched again or discovered by new viewers for many years to come."
Margulies has turned in a career-defining performance as Alicia Florrick. Even she didn't want to go on without the Kings. She recently told a group of a casting directors this: "I surprised Robert and Michelle tonight," Magulies said, according to Vulture. "They didn't know I was going to be here. They think I'm here for them, but I'm unemployed come April, and I think you haven't seen me in a while, at least not in person, so I thought I should show up."
CBS was smart to trust Margulies and the Kings about the end, as well as the viewers, who have returned episode after episode to see the show tell the story of Alicia Florrick.
The Good Wife will go down in history as one of TV's best shows—ever. Thankfully without that big of a footnote some shows get. "Well, it was great except when so-and-so left and then a new show runner came."
The series finale is scheduled for Sunday, May 8 at 9 p.m. with the final nine episodes resuming Sunday, Feb. 14 on CBS.