July 31st, 2013
12:30 PM ET
The story of a philandering politician and his dutiful wife is so familiar it's become a cliché, but the team behind "The Good Wife" at CBS has managed to turn it into a successful, acclaimed drama now entering its fifth season.
The series echoes the tawdry scandals that disgraced politicians Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, with Chris Noth playing the part of the corrupt public figure and Julianna Margulies as the wife who stands by him.
As Margulies readies to return to the screen as Alicia Florrick on September 29, the actress has said that she "can't imagine" the latest entry in the Weiner drama wouldn't impact the season five storylines.
"I feel some guilt that it's the gift that keeps on giving," she told press at the TCAs this week. "We're starting season five and it feels brand new."
That's not to say the 47-year-old star doesn't have compassion and empathy for the real life example of her character, Weiner's wife Huma Abedin.
"I have no judgment," Margulies told People magazine. "Every woman has to do what feels best for her in that moment, and I don't think anyone in that moment knows what the best situation to do is. I think it's called survival."
If there's a lesson Abedin could learn from her character, the actress said the media has pushed a simple one: "Go back to work, don't read the papers."
Plus, Margulies has pointed out, it's not like any of us knows how Abedin's story is going to end.
"If I have learned one thing from this character it is, ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged.' You're not in her shoes," she told E!. "My guess is that it will be like with Silda Spitzer. The second he entered back into the political arena, she filed for divorce. I don't blame her. Huma has a one-year-old baby. We don't know what her daily life is like."
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