The 10-episode The Good Wife spinoff will debut in February -
The same release pattern will be used for the 10-episode The Good Wife spinoff, which also will premiere on CBS — its original network — presumably during the February sweep before its episodes are released on CBS All Access. Additionally, The Good Wife creators/showrunners Robert and Michelle King, who co-wrote the opening episode of the spinoff with Phil Alden Robinson, are boarding the series as full-time showrunners/executive producers. They had been tied up on their summer CBS series BrainDead, which is not likely to return for a second season. Even if that happens, the Kings would be able to handle both shows. Meanwhile, Robinson, who had been announced in May as an executive producer on the series, will serve in that capacity on the first episode only, with no further involvement.
As previously announced, the Good Wife spinoff will pick up one year after the events of the final episode of The Good Wife (aka the slap that divided the show’s fans). The new series star Christine Baranski, who will reprise her role as Diane Lockhart, joined by Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn.
Only the first script for the series has been completed but the Kings, who shepherded seven 22-episode seasons of The Good Wife, should not have a problem delivering 10 episodes by January. In fact, it will be financially more advantageous for studio CBS TV Studios to go into production sooner as the new show will be using the Good Wife sets which are now sitting empty.
Take The Good Wife, slap an R-rating on it, and — voila! — you’ve got The Good Fight. According to exec producer Robert King, while the spinoff will be “similar” to its sire in pacing, primacy of actors and writing,” and each episode will feature both “self-contained stories” and “a serialized element,” the digital-only offshoot “will be able to exploit the greater freedom of streaming — both in subject matter and in a more cinematic look.” (Translation: Christine Baranski’s Diane can cuss!) What’s more, The Good Fight “takes place in a post-Trump culture” where “Chicago liberals feel under assault,” King adds. The show is also “more of an ensemble” boasting three strong leads in Baranski, Cush Jumbo’s returning Lucca and Game of Thrones‘ Rose Leslie (as Diane’s lesbian goddaughter Maiai). Speaking of Diane and Lucca, is it fair to say some tension still exists between the pair in the wake of that infamous slap Diane leveled on her BFF Alicia? “It’s not an easy relationship, due to all the history,” King acknowledges. “And it definitely won’t be solved in the first episode.”