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Women Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Michelle King

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Michelle King with her husband-producing partner Robert

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.

Please check out our past spotlights on Aline Brosh-McKenna and Stephanie Savage.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Killjoys, The Brave, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Fosters. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at rueben@nicegirlstv.com.

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