You guys. Archie Panjabi is quitting The Good Wife at the end of the current season.
Yes, I’m torn up that this means we might see the last of Kalinda Sharma’s steely quips at the end of the current run of The Good Wife — which, it has to be said, is supremely awesome.
I’m also torn up that this means, in two consecutive seasons, the best drama on television will have bid farewell to two dynamic leads. However, Archie Panjabi’s departure may be for the best as what else is there for her character to do?
Moreover, anyone fancy a round of speculation? I do.
Remember this?: Sunny Tripathy, 24, the creator of the viral comedy YouTube series, “Keeping Up With the Guptas” has finalized a development deal with 20th Century Fox for the creation of a possible television series based on his Indian American family, the Tripathys. Kind of in the style of ABC’s Anthony Anderson-led Black-ish.
Tripathy further elaborated:
“It will not be a show about curry, turbans, 7-Elevens — whatever stereotypes that are out there. It will be far from that. But you will learn and see things you might be familiar with that are reflective of South Asian identity and culture.”
Earlier this year, a chat Tripathy had with TV execs for an entry-level writing gig, or perhaps a production assistant role turned into something more as Tripathy shared more stories about his family. He allegedly walked out of the meeting with a development deal for a desi family sitcom.
What does it all mean? Well, there is the vaguest, the offest chance that perhaps Panjabi is linked to Tripathy’s project–with 20th Century Fox TV spearheading the project. Of course, this is assuming all the reports that say Panjabi is filming a drama pilot are wrong, since Tripathy’s project is strictly a comedy.
But, hey, if The Good Wife can walk the tightrope between two genres, who’s to say this project can’t do the same?
(Or maybe I’m entirely wrong, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.)
Rohin is an editor at The Aerogram. Talk to him on Twitter, if you’d like!