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Details About the 'The Good Wife' Spin-Off Emerge

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 19, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 19, 2016 |

There has been little to no reason to watch CBS since The Good Wife ended its run last spring (Robert and Michelle King’s clever BrainDead was available next-day on Amazon Prime), but the network is making a play in the streaming game with CBS All Access, a monthly subscription service that will feature CBS’s VOD catalogue and two new shows, so far, that won’t be available on the terrestrial network: the Star Trek reboot and the The Good Wife spin-off. Both shows will premiere the pilots on the network next year, but will air afterwards only on the All Access platform, available for $6 a month or $10 a month if viewers prefer commercial-free access.

It hardly seems worth the money, but for fans of The Good Wife, the spin-off will be hard to resist, especially since it will feature at least three of the series’ most beloved characters. Deadline is reporting that the spin-off will center around Diane Lockhart and Lucca Quinn (Christina Baranski and Cush Jumbo, respectively), who strike out on their own.

The spinoff series will center around an enormous financial scam that has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms.

Better news is the fact that Sarah Steele — who played Eli Gold’s daughter, Marissa — will be joining the series first as a secretary for Diane Lockhart but she will soon be elevated to an investigator. Marissa Gold is the new Kalinda Sharma.

Presumably, Marissa Gold may also mean the occasional appearance from Alan Cumming’s character, and because Robert and Michelle King like working with the same stable of actors, one can probably expect cameos from most of the The Good Wife supporting characters, lawyers, and judges, and presumably some more closure on the fate of Alicia Florick.

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