Women Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Michelle King
Today’s Women Behind the Scenes spotlight is shone TV writer and executive producer Michelle King.
Michelle and her producer-husband Robert King first hit the scene when they co-created the mid-season replacement drama series In Justice in 2006. The series starred Twin Peaks alum Kyle MacLachlan along with Jason O’Mara (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Constance Zimmer (UnReal) and Marisol Nichols (Riverdale). The series, unfortunately, was not renewed after a 13-episode first season.
In 2007, they were the executive producers on the pilot called Judy’s Got a Gun that was going to focus on a single mom who works as a detective in the suburbs, which was going to star Louise Lombard (Grimm), Bailee Madison (Good Witch) and Johnny Messner (Jane the Virgin). That series was not picked up during that pilot season, though.
Two seasons later, Michelle and Robert created the CBS series The Good Wife, where they also served as executive producers. They co-wrote over a dozen episodes together as well, receiving a nomination for Best New Series by the Writers Guild of America. The show ran for seven seasons.
It was in 2015 that the husband and wife launched their own production company called King Size Productions; and then in 2016, they created and executive produced the short-lived CBS dramedy BrainDead that only ran for one season and starred Danny Pino (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Aaron Tveit (Graceland) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo and Mercy Street).
Last season, they returned as showrunners on The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight, which was the first original series to debut on CBS All Access. The series will return for its second season on March 4.
Michelle and Robert have been married for over 30 years and have one daughter.