Critic’s corner

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By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / September 28, 2010

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The Good Wife 10 p.m., Channel 4

The publicity for the season premiere of “The Good Wife’’ promises that Alicia (Julianna Margulies, pictured) will choose between Will and Peter, her husband. But of course that’s just promotion — the show’s writers have other, trickier, more long-term ideas in mind to keep that issue interesting over the coming weeks. Watching tonight’s episode, I felt happy to see the series return in such good form. The family drama and the office politics are still juicy as ever, with Michael Ealy (so great in “Sleeper Cell’’ — rent it) now on board as a new firm honcho and Scott Porter (Jason Street on “Friday Night Lights’’) cast as a male version of Kalinda who is probably going to get in Kalinda’s hair. And the case of the week is engaging — which is more than you can say about most of the crime procedurals on TV right now, as they recycle played-out murder plotlines without much enthusiasm. “The Good Wife’’ and “The Closer’’ are both still inventive when in comes to telling weekly stories with energy and cleverness.

Running Wilde 9:30 p.m., Channel 25

I’ll be tuning in tonight, to see if this show from “Arrested Development’’ creator Mitchell Hurwitz is on an upward swing. Last week’s strained premiere left me thinking there wasn’t much hope, with the lack of chemistry between stars Will Arnett and Keri Russell and the uninspired premise of a rich guy trying to buy a flaky treehugger.