christine baranski archie panjabi good wife cbs 'The Good Wife's' Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi 'both genuinely surprised' at Emmy noms“The Good Wife” came away from its freshmen season with nine Emmy nominations and co-stars Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi competing against each other for outstanding supporting actress in a drama.

Zap2it caught up with the actresses to find out if the show has been buzzing since the Emmy nominations came in — and if there is any trash-talking going on between the two competitors.

“Oh, no. No! I adore [Panjabi] so much,” laughs Baranski.

“We both just looked at each other and laughed,” says Panjabi. “The show’s only been on for one season, and we both
felt to warrant a nomination you’d have to be on for some time. We were
both genuinely surprised, but equally thrilled for each other.”

It also turns out an impromptu Emmy celebration fell into their laps.

“When nominations came in, about a week later, I had tickets to a Sting concert and the two people I asked couldn’t go and I thought, ‘Oh my God, Archie’s in town,'” Baranski says. “I thought what a perfect thing to take Archie to. We really like each other and I thought it’d be so perfect. We’re both nominated, we’re both surprised and delighted. I don’t want to feel like I’m competition.”

The feeling of love and excitement carries over into the atmosphere on set — even though none of the male leads were nominated. “The Good Wife” recently started production for the second season,

“Everybody gets on very well … there is a great
feeling of excitement and unity,” Panjabi says. “Of course everybody would love to be
nominated, but we come to work and we’re gaining critical success and
great figures, so everybody is thrilled. If it doesn’t happen this
year, everybody is looking forward to the following year. It’s a very
exciting period to be working on ‘The Good Wife.'”

Baranski echoes those sentiments. “There was a flurry of emailing between everybody. I certainly emailed Josh [Charles] and said you are so entitled to an Emmy nod … I think it’s a mistake to analyze these awards things too much … you give it too much weight. 

“There’s always wonderful people who aren’t nominated,” she continues. “I think our male leads, all three of those guys are so fantastic and for my book, all worthy of nominations.”

While this is Panjabi’s first nomination, 2010 marks Baranski’s seventh and eighth (she’s up for outstanding guest actress in a comedy for her role as Leonard’s mother on “The Big Bang Theory” as well). But all of Baranski’s nominations other than for “The Good Wife” have been for comedy.

“The real treat for me is to be nominated in a dramatic category because it’s really not my thing,” says Baranski. “I’m delighted at this stage in my career to play a dramatic role and to get an nomination for the work, it’s means a lot to me.”

Season 2 of “The Good Wife” premieres at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 28 on CBS. The 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 29 on NBC.

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