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Monday, 9 January 2017

First look at Good Wife Spinoff The Good Fight

As massive fans of The Good Wife we're cautiously optimistic that the new spinoff show The Good Fight will fill the gap in our lives left by the departure of Alicia and co.

I wish I could tell you when/if/where UK viewers will see the CBS spin-off but details are thin on the ground. Even regular CBS viewers won't be able to see this one, after the initial first episode airs on the US network the series will move to CBS All Access, a subscription service that the channel is launching.

Christine Baranski returns as Diane Lockhart alongside returning cast members Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn and Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold. They're joined by new additions to The Good Wife world Game of Thrones veteran Rose Leslie, Justified's Erica Tazel, Delroy Lindo and Justin Bartha. Recurring players include Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters. 

The Good Fight, overseen by The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King will consist of ten episodes for its first season and puts Christine Baranski's Diane front and centre. Dianne finds herself in financial ruin after a scheme wipes her out and ruins the reputation of her goddaughter, Maia, played by Leslie. They then join Lucca at her new law firm.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour executive producers Robert and Michelle King discussed how Trump’s ascendance has changed the context of the show. ‘The Good Wife’ was a satire of sort of a liberal mindset, because Chicago is such a liberal town,”  The new show “is not just anti-Trump, anti-Trump, anti-Trump. It’s also looking at how liberals are reacting.”

A trailer for the show also showed Baranski’s character shouting the word “f–k” — something that never would have been allowed on “The Good Wife,” because of broadcast standards and practices. But having the series stream instead on CBS All Access allows the producers more leeway.

As huge fans of the Kings' original series we're waiting slightly impatiently to see whether More4 or Netflix become the home of The Good Fight. As soon as we know we'll be shouting about it!

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