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As “The Good Wife” Comes to an End, Former Star Says, “They Did It the Right Way”


Mike Colter and Julianna Margulies in “The Good Wife”; John Paul Filo/CBS(NEW YORK) — It was a good run, but the time is right for The Good Wife to end, according to one of its former stars.

The CBS legal drama, featuring Emmy winner Julianna Margulies as lawyer Alicia Florrick, wraps up after seven seasons tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Jessica Jones actor Mike Colter, who played the scheming drug kingpin Lemond Bishop on The Good Wife, believes it’s important for the show to leave on a high note.

“They’ve had a long run, seven years. You can’t feel bad for them, I think seven is a good number,” he tells ABC Radio. “I think five, six, seven — good numbers. You get to eight, nine, 10 — I don’t know any shows that sustain themselves that long and are still interesting and are still effective. After a while you start regurgitating the same story lines.

“I think they did it the right way,” he declares.

Colter says he benefited from working with the talented cast and crew — some of them Emmy or Oscar nominees. “It was almost like a master class. Every time I went on set I learned something from the crew, I learned something from the cast,” he shares.

Colter’s character went to prison last season, but the actor now jokes that he’d hoped he would be killed off. “I deserved it, right?” he laughs.

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