Archie Panjabi wasted no time nabbing new roles after she ultimately decided to leave CBS' former critically acclaimed drama The Good Wife. She nabbed roles in miniseries, movies and shows across the pond. Soon, however, she'll be heading back to US primetime, where she is set to take a big role in the second season of NBC's hit drama Blindspot.
In Blindspot Season 2, Archie Panjabi has signed on to play a member of the NSA who has been keeping tabs on the Jane Doe case since she first appeared on the scene last fall. She won't just be any member of the NSA, according to new reports, she'll be in a secret branch of the NSA, so that adds a little mystique to the character she will be playing, for sure. Panjabi's character will also be the head of the NSA division when the show returns for Season 2. The role is a major one and will be recurring.
I have no idea if there's a ton of crossover in terms of audience between Blindspot and The Good Wife. Having seen both, I know they are very different types of shows, but since I do watch both I would assume other people out there are fans of both shows, too. For those who did love Archie Panjabi's incredibly popular character on The Good Wife, Kalinda, it will just be nice to see the actress back on primetime again. Other than a stint on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and a part in the flick San Andreas, Archie Panjabi has been missing from our TV's on this side of the pond. Granted, she has kept busy, taking bigger roles in the UK shows Power Monkeys and Shetland.
In the States, Archie Panjabi actually left The Good Wife for what seemed to be greener pastures at the time. The actress was set to star in a pilot for Twentieth Century Fox last spring. She ended up signing on for the ABC pilot The Jury, but at the time of this writing, EW says that project is in developmental hell. Since the networks have already released their lineups for the fall, there's no chance The Jury will be moving forward soon, and there's no guarantee it will ever see a greenlight.
In the meantime, Panjabi should be a good fit for Blindspot, although it sucks that the actress is going to be relegated to another recurring role rather than a lead. Her character on The Good Wife was always one of the liveliest on that series, and hopefully she'll find her own leading role at some point. We'll let you know if and when that happens.
In the meantime, you can see what else is coming up this summer, here.