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Archie Panjabi to Leave ‘Good Wife’ for Deal at 20th Century Fox TV

The Good Wife” star Archie Panjabi is getting a show of her own.

She’s been signed by Twentieth Century Fox TV to a development/holding deal, with the plan for her to headline a drama pilot for the studio this fall.

“Archie is an Emmy-award winning dramatic actress, and rightly so,” said 20th Century Fox exec VP of casting Sharon Klein. “Her work on ‘The Good Wife’ has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own. We couldn’t be happier that it will be with us.”

That means Panjabi will be leaving “The Good Wife” at the end of the current season, when her contract is up. The show has handled the departure of other actors deftly, with Josh Charles’ exit last year.

“Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful, and sexy character,” said Michelle and Robert King, showrunners and executive producers of “The Good Wife.” “It’s been a pleasure to write for her, and we’ll be sad to see her go; but we still have her for the rest of season 6, so let’s not exhaust our goodbyes yet. We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen. But either way, we’re keeping the boots.”

Panjabi won an Emmy award in 2010 for her role in “The Good Wife,” and received Emmy nominations in 2011 and 2012. She also stars opposite Gillian Anderson in the BBC drama “The Fall”; season 2 will be released on Netflix soon.

Panjabi is repped by Leslie Siebert of the Gersh Agency and Ken Weinrib of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo.

 

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