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'The Good Wife' Gets a Season 2: But Where's the Kalinda Lesbian Spin-Off?

'The Good Wife' Gets a Season 2: But Where's the Kalinda Lesbian Spin-Off?

Stay current with those cable or Direct TV bills because CBS has announced another full season of Julianna Margulies as the fetching, resourceful and cuckolded attorney Alicia Florek on the breakout hit The Good Wife. The network also renewed NCIS: Los Angeles, starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J, but that's not important right now. Let's focus on Archie Panjabi's possibly lesbian Kalinda.

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Stay current with those cable or Direct TV bills because CBS has announced another full season of Julianna Margulies as the fetching, resourceful and cuckolded attorney Alicia Florek on the breakout hit The Good Wife. The network also renewed NCIS: Los Angeles, starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J, but that's not important right now.

We at SheWired have been remiss at doling out the proper accolades to The Good Wife -- and at lovingly objectifying its women. And with Archie Panjabi's -who played opposite Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart -- Kalinda poised to either come out as a lesbian or to wildly disappoint scads of lesbian fans after the show's writers have properly teased and cajoled us with the investigator's hotly ambiguous sexuality, it's high time to pay small homage to the one freshman primetime drama I routinely tune in to.

Congrats are in order to the lovely Ms. Margulies, who after less than a dozen episodes, landed a Golden Globe nod for her performance as the oft steely, yet compassionate defense attorney, who's husband --played by Mr. Big himself, Chris Noth -- entangled her and the family in a good old-fashioned political sex scandal. Margulies, who famously played nursie on ER during the show's early run - and who played gay with Kyra Sedgwick in What's Cooking -- is set to square off for the Globe against stalwarts Glenn Close and Kyra Sedgwick and relative newcomers to the small screen, Anna Paquin and January Jones this Sunday.

While Margulies undoubtedly rivets viewers week after week, it's her relationship with Panjabi's Kalinda that has gay girl viewers all agog. The show's writers have been careful to avoid implying Alicia is Saphhic-ly inclined but Kalinda's been getting the big lezzie makeover, dropping hints for weeks.

 

 

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A right wing blowhard news anchor on last week's episode dropped the bombshell that Alicia's boss --one of the firm's partner's, Diane Lockhart, played with verve by the always watch-able Christine Baranksi -- was in fact the firm's dyke du jour.  But while that episode had Baranski's Lockhart laughing wildly at the notion, the writers worked diligently to debunk in the following episode, placing Kalinda squarely in the gay hot seat.

This week's episode was like a game of Spot the Lesbian Tendencies whenever Kalinda graced the screen. See Kalinda as she hits the gym and pumps iron in a beater, watch as she rebuffs Matt Czuchry's Cary, the firm's flirty boy wonder attorney. Cue dom fetish-wear boots, tight skirt and leather jacket.

While there's much more to admire about The Good Wife than Kalinda's pinging gay like Michelle Rodriguez in a Muay Thai match, here's hoping CBS has some follow through and ups the ante on the number of lesbian characters in primetime for Season 2 -- if not sooner. 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

<p>Cinephile, cyclist, proud cat lady and unabashed Pretty Little Liars guru.</p>

<p>Cinephile, cyclist, proud cat lady and unabashed Pretty Little Liars guru.</p>