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Baranski Gets a Very "Good" TV Role

PASADENA, Calif.- Buffalo's Christine Baranski is one of the stars of one of the best new dramas of the fall, CBS' "The Good Wife."

That's right, I said drama. In a telephone interview, Baranski told me she was attracted to the role of a powerful female lawyer because she wanted a change from the comic roles she has become known for in the CBS series "Cybill" and other network projects.

Not that comedy hasn't been rewarding for Baranski, who was nominated for another Emmy last month for a guest appearance on the CBS comedy, "The Big Bang Theory."

""The Good Wife," which stars Julianna Margulies as the wife of a disgraced Chicago politician and is loosely based on the sex scandal involving former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and other scandals involving politicians, is being shot in New York City. That was another attraction for Baranski, who lives in Connecticut.

Because the show is in production, Margulies was the only actor to fly West and come here for a press conference with the nation's television critics. She plays a woman attorney who returns to the work force and joins a high-powered legal firm to feed her family after her husband lands in jail. Baranski, Chris Noth (who plays Margulies' disgraced husband) and Josh Charles ("Sports Night"), who are in the exceptional cast, stayed back in New York City to film scenes..

But I was able to catch up with Baranski on the phone. You can read my interview with her in Wednesday's Buffalo News.

-- Alan Pergament 

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