People: Josh Charles, Jimmy Fallon, Stacy Keibler and Adam McKay
March 24, 2014 9:08 PM
Josh Charles wanted to leave "The Good Wife."
From wire and Web reports
Are any of your co-workers sobbing quietly at their desks?
If they're fans of "The Good Wife," they have good reason: The CBS legal drama hit viewers with a sudden and saddening twist Sunday night as one of its most fundamental characters was killed off from the show, People reports.
Read on for spoilers.
Will Gardner, an attorney portrayed by Josh Charles since the show debuted five seasons ago in 2009, died after he was shot in a Chicago courtroom by an unstable client.
Fans were jolted by the plot twist on the Julianna Margulies-driven series characterized by its knack for drama.
As viewers wait to see how this bombshell will color next week's episode, "The Good Wife" showrunners Michelle and Robert King penned a letter (addressed "Dear Loyal Good Wife Fans") to explain the decision, which was impacted by Charles' own endeavor to leave the show.
"We, like you, mourn the loss of Will Gardner. And while Will is gone, our beloved Josh Charles is very much alive and remains an integral part of our family," they tell viewers (via CBS.com).
"When faced with the gut punch of Josh's decision, made over a year ago, to move on to other creative endeavors, we had a major choice to make.
"We could 'send him off to Seattle,' he could be disbarred, or get married, or go off to Borneo to do good works. But there was something in the passion that Will and Alicia shared that made distance a meager hurdle.
"The brutal honesty and reality of death speaks to the truth and tragedy of bad timing for these two characters. Will's death propels Alicia into her newest incarnation."
One month in, NBC's generational trade of Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon at "The Tonight Show" is succeeding beyond the hopes of executives who engineered it, The Associated Press reports.
Fallon's fast start is clear in television ratings and even more stark in social media metrics. While too early to declare a new king of late-night TV, the transition is a marked change from how badly NBC fumbled the short-lived switch from Leno to Conan O'Brien in 2009.
"As a guy who's been doing this for 36 years, I don't allow myself to think about this level of success," said Ted Harbert, NBC broadcasting chairman. NBC had hoped for an increase in young viewers and steeled itself to lose some of Leno's older fans, but Fallon's reception was a surprise.
When Fallon premiered on "Tonight" during the Olympics, the franchise hit numbers unseen since Johnny Carson's last week in 1992. Things have settled down but Fallon is still comfortably on top. During the week of March 10-14, Fallon averaged 4.26 million viewers to Jimmy Kimmel's 2.83 million on ABC and David Letterman's 2.78 million on CBS, the Nielsen company said. Fallon has consistently topped the 4.1 million viewers that Leno averaged this season before leaving.
Fallon and NBC embrace the way many early-to-bed consumers experience late-night television these days: by watching clips of a show's best moments online. The YouTube clip of Fallon and Will Smith acting out the evolution of hip-hop dancing has been seen more than 12.8 million times. Fallon's lip-sync duel with Paul Rudd on songs by Tina Turner, Foreigner and Queen has nearly 9 million views.
Other popular clips show Fallon, singer Idina Menzel and the Roots performing "Let it Go" with children's instruments and the sliced-and-diced version of newsmen Brian Williams and Lester Holt on "Rapper's Delight."
Stacy Keibler and her husband, Jared Pobre, are expecting their first child together, People reports.
Her publicist, Pearl Servat, confirmed the news Monday. People magazine was the first to report the pregnancy.
Keibler, 34, posted a photo on her official Twitter account of a bun in an oven saying, "Look what we've got cooking! A Bun'dle of love!"
She and Pobre, a 39-year-old tech entrepreneur, were wed earlier this month in a small ceremony in Mexico. They began dating last fall.
Keibler is a former professional wrestler who now works as a TV personality, actress and model. She dated George Clooney for two years; they broke up last summer.
In a shift to drama, Adam McKay will write and direct an adaptation of Michael Lewis' financial crisis best-seller "The Big Short: The Doomsday Machine," the AP reports.
Paramount Pictures announced Monday it will produce "The Big Short" along with Plan B, Brad Pitt's production company.
McKay is best known as the director of comedies, including the two "Anchorman" films, "Talladega Nights" and "Step Brothers." He regularly collaborates with Will Ferrell, who has starred in all his films, including the white-collar crime comedy "The Other Guys."
But "The Big Short" will mark a pivot for the former "Saturday Night Live" head writer. In a statement, McKay said he and Plan B connected over the "breathless quality" of Lewis' 2010 book about the housing market bubble.
Plan B also produced Lewis' baseball tale, "Moneyball."
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