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The Good Wife
Sundays at 8 p.m. on CBS; returns September 30
Julianna Margulies plays a housewife-cum-lawyer
WHY IT’S HERE: Not because—or not only because—Chicago is synonymous with political corruption. “The show started out with an infidelity scandal, and we wanted it to be in a city where it seemed like that still had the power to shock people,” says cocreator Michelle King.
BEST LOCAL SHOUT-OUT: Last season, investigators Kalinda and Sophia questioned a suspect in Boystown and referenced two popular gay bars, Scarlet and Sidetrack. The characterizations weren’t exactly on point—Sidetrack is known more for its show tunes than for its leather scene—but it’s a start.
CHICAGONESS: * * ½