Archie Panjabi to Exit ‘The Good Wife’; Inks Development, Talent Deal With 20th TV

Emmy-winning actress will star in a drama pilot for the studio in the spring

Archie Panjabi is moving on from CBS’s “The Good Wife” — and moving into a talent deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Panjabi, known for her portrayal of Kalinda Sharma on “The Good Wife,” has signed a development/holding deal with 20th TV, with plans for her to star on a drama pilot in the spring.

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In addition to her role on “The Good Wife,” “Bend It Like Beckham” star Panjabi, who won an Emmy in 2010 for her “Good Wife” role, she will also appear in the New Line film “San Andreas,” directed by Brad Peyton, and played a leading role in the ITV drama “The Widower.”

“Archie is an Emmy-award winning dramatic actress, and rightly so,” 20th TV’s executive vice president of casting Sharon Klein said of the deal. “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.”

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Unfortunately for fans of “The Good Wife,” the pact means that Panjabi will be departing the CBS drama, though the actress, who’s contractually finished with the show at the end of the current sixth season, will continue to appear this season. Series creators Robert and Michelle King said that they will “be sad to see her go,” but that they “look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen.”

“Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful, and sexy character. 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 good-byes yet,” the pair said in a statement. “We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen. But either way, we’re keeping the boots.”

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Gersh and law firm Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo represent Panjabi.