Australian actress Melissa George is set to sizzle on the TV screen in a new season of The Good Wife, with the show’s producer describing her new character as a “temptress.”
US network CBS has already announced George will join the series later this year, as a character who will come between the show’s lead Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and her husband Peter (Chris Noth).
When the show’s fourth season wrapped earlier this year, the couple had reunited after several years apart. They split in the show’s opening episode when his political career crumbled under a sex and corruption scandal.
But producer Robert Karl told Fairfax George’s character would make her mark in the series by upsetting the marital apple-cart.
“We are writing a seven-episode arc for Melissa’s character,” King said. “She is the beautiful head of an ethics commission. She is [also] a temptress.”
George has only filmed one of her seven episodes of The Good Wife.
Margulies said she was thrilled to be working with George. “She’s fabulous,” Margulies said.
Noth’s character was based on high-profile US politicians who infamously strayed, including former US president Bill Clinton and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.
The title of the series is a nod to the wives of those politicians who, for the most part, stand by their husbands and weather the ensuing media storms.
Although those scandals are now years old, King said recent headlines seemed to re-emphasise the show’s relevance.
“It might be easy to feel like ‘the old kid on the block’, then [former US congressman and current New York mayoral candidate] Anthony Weiner sends a text and Eliot Spitzer’s madam runs against him for [New York City] comptroller,” King said.
Margulies described the recent scandals as “the gift that keeps on giving.”
George’s US credits include Alias (2003-04), In Treatment (2008), Grey’s Anatomy (2008-09) and Lie to Me (2010).
In 2011, she starred in the critically acclaimed Australian drama The Slap, for which she won a TV Week Logie award for most outstanding actress.
She is also starring in a new spinoff to the Cinemax series Hunted, titled Sam Hunter.
Source: The Sunday Morning Herald