Is there another victim-to-victimizer evolution in the offing? The long rumored Good Wife spinoff is close to becoming a reality. CBS’ fledgeling SVOD platform CBS All Access is in negotiations for a straight-to-series order to the project, starring The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski, reprising her role as top attorney Diane Lockhart. She will be joined by Season 7 standout Cush Jumbo, reprising her role as plucky lawyer Lucca.
Lucca had been the focus of spinoff speculations since CBS announced during the Super Bowl that The Good Wife would end its run, while word of Baranski’s involvement started trickling out about a month ago when she pulled herself from consideration for the lead of a high-profile pilot to do the spinoff.
The Good Wife co-creators/exec producers Robert and Michelle King are expected to executive produce.
The series finale of The Good Wife stirred controversy with the King’s decision to frame the series with Alicia Florrick (Juliana 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.
This would mark the second high-profile scripted series for CBS All Access from CBS TV Studios, following the Star Trek reboot, which launches in January.
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