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'Good Wife' showrunners say SB50 announcement CBS' way to 'honor' show

By Marilyn Malara
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'Good Wife' showrunners say SB50 announcement CBS' way to 'honor' show
Julianna Margulies touches her star during an unveiling ceremony honoring Margulies with the 2,550th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on May 1, 2015. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The Good Wife co-creators Robert King and Michelle King say CBS' decision to announce the critically-acclaimed series' closure came at the last minute.

Speaking with reporters after Sunday's Super Bowl 50 announcement shocked fans and critics alike, Robert King said the network was "still considering the possibility of continuing on so we only heard about the Super Bowl possibility within the last week."

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"It was first pitched as perhaps a possibility and started to solidify," Michelle King added during a conference call with the press Monday.

The network's extremely high-profile method of announcing the seventh and final season of The Good Wife, Robert King believes, was meant "to honor the show."

The Kings are reportedly hard at work on their next project as The Good Wife comes to a close with its final nine episodes. Their upcoming series BrainDead premieres on CBS this summer.

"We knew that we could control our fate but we were very aware that we did not control the fate of the series," Michelle told reporters. "That was the studio and the network to decide, so we felt very fortunate and flattered that we're being allowed to end the show with the other writers and the other producers the way we hoped it would end."

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"This is not a show that is ending because anybody hates each other. We're ending the show because really it is a show that should be ending," Robert said.

The Good Wife airs on CBS on Sundays at 9 p.m..

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