Before NBC’s This Is Us came along, the only drama series on the Big 4 broadcast networks that consistently gained some kind of Emmy traction against cable and streaming offerings was CBS’ The Good Wife, the brainchild of husband-and-wife producing team Robert King and Michelle King. So it was natural that the network would want to stay in business with the pair after that series went off the air. The follow-up answer was not only another series set in a law firm, but a direct spinoff for Good Wife’s Emmy-winning Christine Baranski as well as Cush Jumbo and a sparkling cast of Broadway veterans including multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald.
Joined by movie veteran Phil Alden Robinson in creating the new, extremely topical The Good Fight, the challenge this time was that the series was the first greenlighted for CBS All Access, the network’s answer to challenges from Netflix and the Amazons of the world.
For this week’s edition of my Deadline video series Behind the Lens, I went on location to the New York City offices of CBS All Access to interview the Kings about Good Fight, how they intend it to push political buttons in the Trump era, and the challenges of being first in with All Access. We also discuss the successful run of The Good Wife and whether their spinoff might have been politically too hot for CBS itself (one episode broaches the idea of impeaching President Trump).
The Kings, who received four Emmy nominations for Good Wife including bookend nods for writing the pilot in 2010 and the finale in 2016, also talk about how they came to be writing and producing partners many years into their own marriage, and how the partnership works on and off the screen.
Check out our conversation above.