“Fraiser” Star, David Hyde Pierce, Returns to TV

Since the hit sitcom, Fraiser, ended in 2004, David Hyde Pierce (Dr. Niles Crane) has been largely absent from television roles; however, all of that is about to change with the announcement that Pierce will return to television with a six episode recurring role on CBS’ The Good Wife.  According to CBS, Piece will play “a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to affect change.” The Good Wife’s leading lady, Julianna Margulies just won her second Emmy for her role on the show, which is labeled as a legal/political drama that centers around Margulies’ character Alicia Florrick, whose husband, a former state attorney has been put in jail after being found guilty of a public sex scandal.

Pierce, who has won four Emmys for his work on Fraiser, is a very talented actor and while he has continued to act since his famous role as Dr. Niles Crane, his appearances have been mostly stage productions, film, and voice roles. Along with his Emmy awards Pierce has also won a Tony Award for Best Actor due to his performance in the Broadway musical, Curtains. The Good Wife’s executive producers, Robert and Michelle King said that they “couldn’t be more thrilled and flattered” to have Pierce chose their show as his first major television appearance in 10 years. The executive procuding pair has also said that they are “tremendous fans of his dramatic skills as well as his comedy.”

The sixth season of The Good Wife will also welcome some other stars including Taye Diggs, Steven Pasquale, and Connie Nielson. The Good Wife’s new season will air on CBS on September 21, and Pierce will make his first appearance in episode seven; it will be interesting to see how Pierce’s storyline unfolds throughout his tenure on the show. Pierce is also scheduled to make his debut as a Broadway director in the musical, It Shoulda Been You.

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