Fans are finally getting more details about the upcoming The Good Wife spin-off. Months after talk of the offshoot first began circulating, CBS has finally revealed the official title of the show, as well as more information on the cast and plot. Here are six things we just learned about the anticipated digital series.
1. The official title is The Good Fight
Though talk of a Good Wife spin-off has been going on for months, an official title for the project wasn’t formally announced until this fall. As CBS recently revealed, the upcoming show will play off the name of its predecessor with the title, The Good Fight. The network also released the official logo for the series, seen above.
Update 1/9/17: An uncensored trailer for The Good Fight has been released, below:
2. It will take place a year after The Good Wife finale
The Good Fight will pick up 12 months after the events of The Good Wife‘s series finale (which aired on CBS in early May). It follows as an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia and wipes out the savings of her mentor Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, the two join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms. While still a legal drama, The Good Fight will reportedly be a little lighter in tone than its mothership series.
3. It will introduce these new characters
While The Good Wife vets Baranski and Jumbo will lead the upcoming spin-off, viewers should also expect to see plenty of new faces. Among them? Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) will play Maia, the goddaughter of Diane who joins the firm just after passing the bar. Though Diane intends for her to be a key part of her plan the future, Maia’s hiring doesn’t go quite as smoothly as they hoped.
Delroy Lindo will also join as a series regular, playing Robert Boseman, an attorney who starts poaching Diane’s associates and clients when she gets into financial trouble, and threatens her ability to stay in business.
Meanwhile, Bernadette Peters (Smash) and Paul Guilfoyle (CSI) will co-star as Maia’s parents, Lenore and Henry. Lenore is described as a financial genius with a working-class background while Henry is a well-liked financial advisor who has done very well for himself — thanks in part to Lenore’s help in expanding their family’s private investment firm.
Sarah Steele and Erica Tazel will round out the cast.
4. Robert and Michelle King will return
The Kings, the creators and executive producers of The Good Wife, will return as key members of the spin-off’s creative team. The husband and wife duo will serve as showrunners and executive producers of the new series. Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn) co-wrote and will executive produce the premiere episode alongside the Kings.
Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer, Brooke Kennedy, and Alison Cross also serve as executive producers of The Good Fight.
5. It may bring back Alicia Florrick
Julianna Marguiles is not currently set to reprise her lead role as The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick in the coming spin-off, but that doesn’t mean the possibility is completely off the table. “We might [see Alicia],” Michelle King recently told TVLine. “It’s all being conceived right now.”
And she’s not the only one who could show up. King teased that the show may feature some other The Good Wife alumni as guest stars, although the focus will be on new characters. “It’ll be fun to build [the company] anew,” she said.
Update 11/11/16: According to Deadline, The Good Wife alums Zach Grenier and Jerry Adler will reprise their respective roles as elder legal statesman David Lee and Howard Lyman in the premiere of The Good Fight.
6. It’s premiering sooner than you think
Production on The Good Fight has already begun, kicking off in New York City in October. Though the show was not originally expected to air until late next year, its debut has since been shifted forward to February 2017. The series will air its premiere episode on CBS, before moving exclusively to the network’s streaming service, CBS All Access.
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