A Round-up of Everything We Know About The Good Wife Spin-off Starring Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo.
“The slap”. Need I say more or do you know what show I am referring to? When The Good Wife ended its run after seven seasons in 2016, we couldn’t help but wonder what happened after the finale. Showrunners Robert & Michelle King heard our prayers and announced The Good Fight, a ten-episode continuation of the universe focusing on Diane Lockhart instead of Alicia Florrick (Juliana Margulies). Here’s what we know so far.
Different Girl, More Power.
The show follows the same formula utilized by its predecessor, The Good Wife. First, we had a story about Alicia Florrick, standing by her husband as a sex scandal put her in the national spotlight. This time around, we have Diane Lockhart who is forced to start over as a financial scam wipes out her savings. While the setting is different, here is yet another power woman who hellbent on reinventing herself. And reinvent she will.
Key Characters are Returning.
Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, Diane and her mentee (Rose Leslie) join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms. As she starts over, Diane hires Eli Gold’s daughter, Marissa (Sarah Steele) as the new investigator. While Kalinda won’t be back, this is definitely the next best thing. The pilot will also star Zach Grenier as the deliciously evil David Lee who might finally get Diane’s seat and Jerry Adler‘s Howard Lyman. Apart from some of the judges returning (this hasn’t been confirmed but would make sense), two other fan favorites are set to reprise their role. Carrie Preston will be back as Elsbeth Tascioni for an arc and Gary Cole will reprise his role as Diane’s opposite-minded lover. It’s starting to make sense why CBS is marketing this show as “the new version of The Good Wife“. Nothing seems to have changed. Not even the logo.
The Show Won’t Air Regularly on CBS.
Much to everyone’s surprise, only the pilot episode will air on CBS on February 19, 2017. After this initial release, CBS has decided to move the show to their membership-only streaming platform called CBS All Access. While you can get a subscription for only six bucks, it remains to be seen whether people will commit to yet another on demand service. While The Good Fight might be a hit on a regular network, this move makes a second season more unlikely.
The Trailer Promises More Scheming.
The teaser does exactly what it needs to do – it teases everything that will make the show worthwhile to watch. Backstabbing, scheming, and nasty relationships are just of the few things we are looking forward to.
The Good Fight airs February 19 on CBS and moves to CBS All Access afterward.