NEW YORK -- One of the most closely watched schedule shifts this fall is CBS' decision to move the critically acclaimed "The Good Wife" from 10 p.m. Tuesdays to 9 p.m. Sundays.
That means the Julianna Margulies-Chris Noth drama will be airing against the final season of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and NBC's highly rated "Sunday Night Football."
Reruns started airing in the new slot last week, but to get viewers more acclimated, CBS has scheduled a half-hour catch-up special, "The Good Wife: A New Beginning," at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
The special contains interviews from the executive producers and stars of the show, and footage and story lines from the past two seasons. A sneak peek at the third-season premiere will also be included.
As for the time-slot change, Margulies had this to say to The Hollywood Reporter when the move was announced: "At first, I was taken aback, because you always think a move is a bad sign, and then I started thinking about it, and this was all in the span of five minutes. I was like, wait, Sunday nights at 9, that was 'The Sopranos' spot. That's my favorite time to watch television. Hold on a minute, this opens up a whole door to the kinds of people that we want to attract to our show -- a younger audience and an older audience, because younger people can stay up at 9, and older people can stay up at 9."
The show's new season launches Sept. 25.