Vanessa Williams is joining The Good Wife. The former Ugly Betty star will reportedly have a recurring role when the hit CBS drama returns for its seventh season on October 4.
Vanessa will play a character named Courtney Boalt, described as an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman who shows an interest in backing Peter Florick’s campaign for United States president.
In the process Courtney will meet Peter’s friend Eli Gold and sparks will reportedly fly between the two. “There are very few names you can put side-by-side that make you laugh,” executive producer Michelle King said in a statement. “Alan Cumming (Eli) and Vanessa Williams are at the top of that list, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them.”
Vanessa’s last dalliance with television occurred earlier this summer when she was tapped to star in the Fox pilot Fantasy Life. Not sure what became of that project, but as of this season, it is not listed on the network’s roster.