UPDATED: During CBS’ upfront presentation, CBS Corp. chairman Leslie Moonves confirmed a straight-to-series order to a Good Wife spinoff project, starring The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, to premiere in spring 2017 on CBS All Access. It will be CBS’ fledgling SVOD platform’s second original series, following the new Star Trek, which launches in January. Both come from CBS TV Studios.
On the spinoff, which will pick up a year after the events in The Good Wife‘s polarizing series finale, Baranski will reprise her role as top attorney Diane Lockhart. She will be joined by Season 7 standout Jumbo, reprising her role as plucky lawyer Lucca. Other original cast members will likely join them, I hear, as well as new actors.
The Good Wife creators/exec producers Robert and Michelle King will co-create the new show with Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams).
“The Good Wife is consistently one of our most-watched series across digital platforms, and this new series, with the incredible storytellers and marquee talent that have signed on, is a perfect addition to CBS All Access’s premium original programming slate,” said Marc DeBevoise, EVP and General Manager, CBS Digital Media.
The series finale of The Good Wife stirred controversy with the Kings’ decision to frame the series with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) slapping her philandering husband in the pilot and getting slapped by Diane in the final scene of the finale after she betrayed her. The Kings justified the decision, calling it an illustration of Alicia’s transformation from “a victim to a victimizer.” The new victim? Diane, who is now getting her own series.
Like the original series, the Good Wife spinoff series will be produced by CBS TV Studios in association with Scott Free Prods. and King Size Prods. Robert & Michelle King and Robinson executive produce with Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer and Brooke Kennedy.
CBS Studios International will distribute the series globally for television and multiple platforms.