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'The Good Wife's' Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi 'both genuinely surprised' at Emmy noms

Zap2it, Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 12:06am (PDT) "The Good Wife" came away from its freshmen season with nine Emmy nominations and co-stars Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi competing against each other in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama category.Zap2it caught up with the actresses to find out if the show has been buzzing since the Emmy nominations came in -- and if there was any trash-talking going on between the two competitors."Oh, no. No! I adore [Panjabi] so much," laughs Baranski."We both just looked at each other and laughed," says Panjabi. "The show's only been on for one season and we both felt to warrant a nomination you'd have to be on for some time. We were both genuinely surprised, but equally thrilled for each other."It also turns out an impromptu Emmy celebration fell into their laps."When nominations came in, about a week later, I had tickets to the Sting concert and the two people I asked couldn't go and I thought, 'Oh my God, Archie's in town,'" Baranski says. "I thought what a perfect thing to take Archie to. We really like each other and I thought it'd be so perfect. We're both nominated, we're both surprised and delighted. I don't want to feel like I'm competition."The feeling of love and excitement carries over into the atmosphere on set, as the show has recently started production for the second season, even if none of the male leads were nominated individually."Everybody gets on very well ... there is a great feeling of excitement and unity," says Panjabi. "Of course everybody would love to be nominated, but we come to work and we're gaining critical success and great figures, so everybody is thrilled. If it doesn't happen this year, everybody is looking forward to the following year. It's a very excited period to be working on 'The Good Wife.'"Baranski echoes these sentiments. "There was a flurry of emailing between everybody. I certainly emailed Josh [Charles] and said you are so entitled to an Emmy nod ... I think it's a mistake to analyze these awards things too much ... you give it too much weight.  "There's always wonderful people who aren't nominated," she continues. "I think our male leads, all three of those guys are so fantastic and for my book, all worthy of nominations."While this is Panjabi's first nomination, 2010 marks Baranski's seventh and eighth (she's up for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her role as Leonard's mother on "The Big Bang Theory" as well). But all of Baranski's nominations other than for "The Good Wife" have been for comedy. "The real treat for me is to be nominated in a dramatic category because it's really not my thing," says Baranski. "I'm delighted at this stage in my career to play a dramatic role and to get an nomination for the work, it's means a lot to me." Season 2 of "The Good Wife" premieres Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Follow Zap2it and Zap2it Andrea on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news.Photo credit: CBS

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