CBS crowns ‘Good’ showrunners

Creators/exec producers get two-year deal

CBS Television Studios has tied the knot with “The Good Wife” creators/exec producers Robert King and Michelle King.

The married showrunners of the CBS drama series have cut a two-year overall deal with the studio behind “Good Wife.”

Pact covers the duo’s services on the show and calls for them to develop new projects. It was a natural move for the pair after the Julianna Margulies starrer became a frosh success for the Eye last season, snaring nine Emmy noms, including bids for best drama series and lead actress.

“They made it feel like home for us,” Robert King said of the CBS TV Studios and CBS exec teams. “There’s just a real comfort level that we share the same aspirations for the show.”

“Good Wife” stood out for CBS because it is less of a strict procedural than most of the Eye’s other dramas. It tells the story of Alicia Florrick, a Chicago wife and mother who is abruptly forced to return to work as an attorney after her politician husband is sent to prison in the wake of a sex and ethics scandal.

From the start, Eye execs have been supportive of their efforts to blend the case-of-the-week storytelling with deeper dives into the characters.

“We’re having a ton of fun and we love these characters,” Michelle King said. “Anything that knits us closer to them is a big plus.”

CBS TV Studios prexy David Stapf called the couple “the heart and soul of the show” and praised them for possessing “that rare ability to fuse compelling stories with complex, relatable characters.”

The Kings had spent several years working for ABC until the writers strike brought the force majeure ax down on their deal with the Mouse House. There was unavoidable nervousness in setting up shop at another network and studio. “You always wonder if you’re going to wind up valeting cars. It was a real pleasure to find other people who shared our creative ambition,” Robert King said.

While the new pact includes a development component, for now the Kings’ focus is squarely on “Good Wife.”

“We have a Santa Claus sack full of ideas that we were ready to work on if ‘Good Wife’ hadn’t worked out,” Robert King said. “We love the idea of having a home now where we can at least laugh over our bad ideas.”

The Kings are repped by Paradigm and lawyer Jon Moonves.

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