Good news in the gay casting department: CBS’s critically acclaimed drama The Good Wife is bringing on the homos. Michael Arden (pictured, left), who’s had small roles on shows including Bones and The Closer as well as a recurring role as a secret boyfriend of a closeted gay heir to the throne on the NBC series Kings, will play the long-awaited love interest of Alicia’s brother Owen (Dallas Roberts, right). Arden’s character will be a sexy, flirty, philosophy professor, according to TVLine.com.
Earlier this month executive producer Robert King told TVLine that the show was introducing a potential mate for Owen in order to upend the “cliché of the gay brother on TV being neutered in some way. They’re usually either celibate or they just broke up. You never see [a boyfriend]. But that’s not who Owen is.”
Equally exciting for gay fans of the series, veteran gay actor Harvey Fierstein has landed a guest stint as a judge in the fourth episode, Entertainment Weekly confirmed. Fierstein, who has appeared in dozens of TV shows and films, such as The Simpsons and Nurse Jackie, will play a liberal judge overseeing a case Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is assigned to. The third season of The Good Wife begins September 25.