Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins The Good Wife as New Investigator — Is He the New Kalinda?

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan is joining The Good Wife as the new investigator. Allen Berezovsky/WireImage

The new Kalinda? The Good Wife has hired a new investigator in the wake of Archie Panjabi, aka investigator extraordinaire Kalinda Sharma, departing the series. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is joining the cast of Season 7 as a series regular, playing Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) newest hire.

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CBS revealed that Morgan’s newest role is Alex, “a calm, experienced hourly investigator” whom Alicia hires. (At the new law firm Michael J. Fox’s Louis Canning proposed in the Season 6 finale, or at Lockhart Agos? Only time will tell.)

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“We’ve loved and admired Jeffrey Dean Morgan for years, and we were thrilled to hear that Julianna did too, so it was a no-brainer to ask him to join our troupe,” executive producers Robert and Michelle King said in a press release.

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Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick hires Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Alex in Season 7 of The Good Wife. Paul Sarkis/CBS via Getty Images

Morgan, 49, is currently starring on the CBS summer drama Extant alongside Halle Berry, and recently appeared in the miniseries Texas Rising.

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Panjabi left The Good Wife after six seasons amid rumors of discord on set — she and star Margulies, whose characters were once BFFs, hadn’t shared a scene together in years, and a source confirmed to Us Weekly that the final Alicia/Kalinda scene in the Season 6 finale was actually shot separately.

Season 7 of The Good Wife premieres Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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