Archie Panjabi To Exit ‘The Good Wife’, Topline 20th Century Fox Television Drama Pilot

Archie PanjabiThe Good Wife will be saying goodbye to another original cast member.

Archie Panjabi, who has played the Emmy winning part of private investigator Kalinda Sharma on the CBS legal drama since the pilot, will be departing the show at the end of the current season. She is the second original cast member to leave the show, following Josh Charles’ surprise exit towards the end of last season.

“Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful and sexy character”, said The Good Wife showrunners Robert and Michelle King. “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 six, so let’s not exhaust our goodbyes yet. We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen. But either way, we’re keeping the boots.”

Panjabi, repped by Gersh, will be staying active in US television, however, after signing a development deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, she will topline one of the studio’s drama pilots for the 2015-2016 fall season. The actress also stars opposite Gillian Anderson on the BBC Two drama The Fall, which airs on Netflix in the US and returns for its six episode second season next month.

“Archie is an Emmy-award winning dramatic actress, and rightly so. Her work on The Good Wife has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own”, added Sharon Klein, 20th Century Fox Television’s Executive Vice-President of Casting. “We couldn’t be happier that it will be with us.”