For Margulies, The Good Wife came at exactly the right moment. The smart script renews her faith in television, especially after her “bad experience with Fox.” And it allows her to work in New York, where she has resettled with lawyer-husband Keith Lieberthal and their 19-month-old son, Kieran. “I don’t want to schlep all over the world,” she says.
The show, aided and abetted by co-stars Christine Baranski and Sports Night vet Josh Charles, is ultimately a standard, if well-written, legal procedural with some predictable twists. (Alicia, because of her own experience, overidentifies with her clients.) But Margulies is keenly aware that any attention, at least initially, will focus on the scandal and its aftermath. “My only worry about this show, honestly, is that any women who this has happened to will have to relive it,” she says. “I would hate for them to think, ‘Oh, there’s that bitch Julianna; I just finally got past it, and now it’s up in my face again.’ ”