The casting directors of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife are absolutely working overtime this week. Just days after the additions of Maura Tierney, Marc Warren, and Kristin Chenoweth to the season four lineup, another critically acclaimed performer has joined the team.
Multiple time Emmy and Tony Award winner Nathan Lane (best known for films like The Birdcage and The Lion King, and a veritable ton of successful Broadway productions) will appear on a recurring basis, starting with the show's September season premiere. Lane will portray "a bottom line-obsessed manager imposed on Lockhart & Gardner by the bank to cut costs". In other words, he's being brought in to get the embattled law firm back in good financial standing.
The newcomer's tactics apparently won't sit well with Will (Josh Charles), and Diane (Christine Baranski). The two characters respectively make up the Lockhart & Gardner in the firm's name, and aren't too happy about a bank imposed financial nanny overseeing things. With the current economic climate, I can see the potential for this storyline to resonate with many viewers. Not that it's too surprising that this show would tackle current events. After all, the relationship between Julianna Marguiles' titular "Good Wife", and her politician husband was clearly inspired by real life sex scandals.
Will Nathan Lane be a good fit for The Good Wife? Is there any chance that the show could fail with such a loaded cast?