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February 19th, 2017 under CBS


The Good Wife might’ve ended, but Diane Lockhart is putting up The Good Fight on CBS All Access starting today, with a special preview on CBS tonight at 8p.

The Good Fight takes place a year after The Good Wife, and Lockhart (Christine Baranski) is retiring from Lockhart, Decker, Gussman, Lee, Lyman, Gilbert-Lurie, Kagan, Tannebaum, & Associates. She is ready to enjoy her life after the firm even though her Goddaughter Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) just started working as a lawyer there. Together the two of them will work on Lockhart’s final case, but a phone call will change their lives forever.

Rindell’s father, a money manager, was involved in a Ponzi Scheme and now all of his clients including Lockhart are broker than broke. Now, Lockhart needs to keep her job, but the firm tells her she cannot stay. She goes to her friends, who tell her no one will hire her. Then she gets an offer from Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad, a majority African-American firm, who know what she can bring to them; and she accepts. After Maia is also fired, Lockhart brings her with her to the new job.

Maia not only has to deal with everyone hating her because of her family, but a new job. Luckily, she has Lockhart and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) on her side. Quinn is a tough lawyer, who everyone will want on their side. She is good at reading people and that is why is show is so good at her job. Just like Marissa (Sarah Steele), who will work as Lockhart’s assistant and no one can investigate like her.

For those of you who wanted the show to be all about Lockhart, here it is and it is better than you thought it was going to be

Last month, I was at the CBS TCA Winter Press day and the producers and the cast previewed what we can expect from the legal drama.

1 – Show creator Robert King explains how the Goods are different from each other and yet the same.
The Good Fight is a show that is basically feeding off of where The Good Wife ended and following some of the characters and seeing what happens to them next. But it’s also about a change in the environment that we’re all going through, both political environment and legal, and how we all discuss the truth, which was always what The Good Wife was too.

2 – Christine Baranski previews what her character will goes through on The Good Fight.
Well, we certainly talked about the year in between, because The Good Fight happens one year later. So we did speak about what how she processed all that had happened to her, particularly in those final episodes, and where her life was as the new show began in terms of her marriage, in terms of her position at the firm. And it seems she’s estranged from her husband for reasons of his infidelity. But she’s at the top of her game when this show starts. Curiously, poised as No. 1 now in the show, but halfway into the pilot, I lose everything, so I’m just back, you know, scrambling. So, yeah, no, there was a discussion about the interim, which I’m sure people will be curious about, because The Good Fight really is it jumps off from where The Good Wife ended in a very interesting way, but then it turns very dramatic very quickly, especially for Diane.

3 – Will we see familiar faces from The Good Wife on the spinoff and some new ones too?
We will see Jane Alexander and Denis O’Hare as judges. Paul Guilfoyle, John Benjamin Hickey, Rita Wilson, Michael Boatman and Matthew Perry will also guest star. As Baranski put it, “It’s a revolving door. It’s a wonderful revolving door and all the great actors working in L.A. and particularly in New York and the New York theater.”

4 – What about Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies)?
Robert King said, “We talked to Julianna about the show and her relationship with it, and Julianna and we agreed that kind of The Good Wife ended that story and it would be just kind of weird if she just comes in and you see her, like, pushing a garbage can or something, you know, in the background. So I don’t think you would expect that this year.”

5 – The Good Fight is also political like the original show and they shot the pilot in November.
Christina Baranski revealed what it was like filming when the US turned upside down as they were working on the first episode. She told us, “We shot the pilot in the days leading up to the election, the election night, and subsequent days after, and the most dramatic scenes.
“Yes, we were indeed. At the time I remember thinking because I had always had a picture of that was photoshopped of Diane Lockhart and Hillary Clinton. It was prominent in many of the seasons until she began to run for office, and then we couldn’t have her picture. But when Diane has to leave her office forever because she’s out of a job and she takes that photograph of Hillary Clinton and puts it in a box, that particular scene was shot the night before the election, and I said to Brooke, the director, “Well, this woman’s going to be the next president of the United States, and Diane is probably thinking if she has the strength to pick herself up, I can do it too,” and I put the picture in a box and the scene ends. Next night Delroy and I are working in a scene, and it was election night.
“Between his coverage and my coverage, I went to my dressing room and found out the news that, indeed, Donald Trump was the projected winner by the New York Times. We were all in free fall. And I think the interesting thing is you have a lead character who is in moral kind of practical free fall in a similar way to what the country is feeling right now, like how do you take the next step up when there’s no foundation? Where are we? Where are we morally?”

We are f*cked and that is a word they can and do say on The Good Fight. The show on the other hand is anything but f*cked, so subscribe to CBS All Access to watch it.

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