Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters

Killing off a main character in a television show is a risky move: You’re upending the show’s world (and putting a coworker out of a job) in the hope that the shake-up will lead to something greater down the line. And guess what? Despite the ministrations of fans, who claim that they will never watch their favorite show without [insert character name here], it often works!

Below, 13 shows that did the same thing The Good Wife did Sunday night, and not only survived, but thrived.


Inside PEOPLE's 2013 Emmys Photo Booth

Ashlee Simpson & Vincent Piazza Split: Report

Has the Simpson family suffered another split?

The New York Post’s Page Six reports that after a year and a half of dating, Ashlee Simpson and Vincent Piazza have called it quits.

Ashlee Simpson and Vincent Piazza's Dinner Date Nights

Although they enjoyed Sunday’s feast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Vincent Piazza is just as satisfied by quesadillas at home with “[CELEBRITY_LINK” “” “” “0” ].

Ashlee Simpson's PDA-Packed Night on the Town

Aunt-to-be Ashlee Simpson enjoyed a night on the town with her new beau Vincent Piazza: the couple attended a charity event before heading to Greenhouse nightclub for the Boardwalk Empire star’s Prohibition Party with his castmates. The couple sat in a VIP area at the bash and packed on the PDA in between sips of champagne (for her) and beer (for him).

Emmy Nominations: Which Drama Series Deserves an Award?

The Emmy Awards are almost here, and now it’s time to tell us which show deserves to win outstanding drama series.

The nominees are a varied bunch:

It's a Girl for Gretchen Mol

Gretchen Mol is a new mom – again!

The Boardwalk Empire star, 38, delivered her second child, daughter Winter Morgan Williams, on Feb. 17 in New York, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Mol and her husband, Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod ‘Kip’ Williams, are also parents to son Ptolemy John, 3½.

“Everyone is happy and healthy and resting at home,” the rep says. “The whole family is overjoyed.”