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The Good Wife Mourns Bombshell Death: Our Critic’s Take

03/30/2014 at 06:30 PM EDT

The Good Wife is now a de facto widow. It’s hard to imagine a lonelier, sadder lot than hers.

That’s what we experience and learn on Sunday’s episode (9 p.m. ET/PT) of the CBS legal drama, an established classic that a week ago, after five seasons, suddenly became the sort of show that sends shock waves up and down the Twitter ladder. Lawyer Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was killed in a courtroom shoot-out in one of the most jolting twists ever – a jaw-dropper in an age when shocking twists are becoming routine as meals.

That episode ended with investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) on her phone, trying to reach Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Will’s former lover and – although the show would never be corny enough to use the phrase – his eternal flame.

“Last Call,” which is the title of this latest, superbly written episode, begins with Alicia taking that call, trying to grasp the enormity of the death, then moves out in a widening circle to witness the grief, disbelief and dismay at her new law firm and, more significantly, at her old one, Lockhart/Gardner. Even David Lee (Zach Grenier), an attorney as hard-shelled as a crustacean, slips into a conference room and allows himself one gasp of a sob. Then he goes about the business of contacting Will’s clients.

The episode goes a bit too far with Kalinda’s behavior – her cold, melodramatic fury feels manufactured, which is very rare for this show. But most of the interactions in the firm have a believable, interlocking flow, moving from attorney to attorney, and there are some welcome bits of humor (not rare for this show) that give a shapeliness to the story.

I especially liked the reaction of Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) to an intern wailing out of proportion about her acquaintance with Will. Although that joke, in fact, ends up having quite a bite to it.

Now: Alicia.

She’s reeling from the loss of the man she loved more than her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). Peter knows this, and Alicia knows he knows, and he wants to give her space for her grief. And yet, she is still too thoughtful (or cautious) to diminish Peter by letting him acknowledge how much Will meant to her.

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Josh Charles in the March 23 episode of The Good Wife

But Peter’s solicitousness can also be gravely overbearing, something like Downton Abbey‘s Mr. Bates and his almost threatening concern for wife Anna. Will Alicia allow herself to shrink inwardly (as she has done in the past) out of respect for Peter?

One doesn’t usually expect this kind of emotional delicacy in Chicago political circles.

And yet Peter reminds us – in the sort of fast, almost throwaway line that gives The Good Wife some of its most incisive moments – that he is a political beast. He could serve Mr. Bates in a meat pie and not lose a night’s sleep.

Alicia, meanwhile, floats in and out of moments of what might be described as magical thinking, alternately punishing and consoling herself by imagining the full content of Will’s last fragmentary phone message.

As fans of the series know, destinies hang on voicemail – and that’s as far back as season 2.

Margulies, whose performance tends to be underrated because Alicia operates within restrained parameters that she herself establishes and obeys, is immaculate in this episode. She wanders about in a state of troubled, searching sorrow. She’s like Ma Parker, the pitiable, grief-stricken character in a famous story by Katherine Mansfield:

Oh, wasn’t there anywhere where she could hide as long as she liked, not disturbing anybody, and nobody worrying her? Wasn’t there anywhere in the world where she could have her cry out – at last?

For The Good Wife, it isn’t easy.

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Chelsea Handler to End Her Late-Night Show in December

03/30/2014 at 05:40 PM EDT

She’s a female late-night trailblazer – and now she’s moving on.

Chelsea Handler will end her Chelsea Lately talk show at the end of 2014, her manager, Irving Azoff, told The Hollywood Reporter.

The bawdy comedian has helmed the E! show for the past eight years and serves as the lone female late-night host on cable and network television.

Azoff said she’s exploring opportunities including a radio program or another late-night show on a different channel or digital service.

Handler’s announcement comes less than three weeks after the release of her latest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, her first to sit atop the New York Times bestseller list for more than a week.

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Rachel Uchitel Dating Bret Boone!

Rachel Uchitel Dating Bret Boone!

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ecc0CSH 06366721 Rachel Uchitel Dating Bret Boone!RACHEL Uchitel has a penchant for sportsmen, it seems.

Tiger Woods‘ former mistress — who signed up for an episode of Millionaire Matchmaker — is reportedly dating former baseball star Bret Boone.

Uchitel shot the Patti Stanger matchmaking show last summer while she was in the midst of her divorce from Matt Hahn.

Rachel told the New York Post she’s in a “serious relationship”.

Boone is separated from the wife of his four children.

Uchitel became front page news when her relationship with Woods was revealed after the golfer and his wife, Elin Nordegren, had their infamous Thanksgiving day blow up in 2009.

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Victoria Beckham & Kids: Leaving LAX

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Posh mama Victoria Beckham was seen with her kids at Los Angeles International Airport on a departing flight to London, England on Friday (March 28). Looking every bit the protective big brother, 15-year-old Brooklyn carried his little sister Harper, 2.

Looking fashionable in black and white, Victoria added a pop of color with a pair of Manolo Blahnik red suede pumps. The fashion designer walked hand-in-hand with her youngest son Cruz, 9, while the famous group made their way through the busy terminal.

Reportedly, papa David Beckham was spotted earlier in the day flying out of Miami, where he had been in talks to set up a new football team.

Victoria recently shared an important message to her fans via Instagram.

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