Almost nine months after TV viewers had to say goodbye to Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and the gang at The Good Wife, some of our favorites are returning. The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King return this Sunday with the spinoff series The Good Fight, starring Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart and taking place a year after the end of TGW. The series, which will be the flagship of the new CBS All-Access platform, begins its 10-episode first season on February 19, airing on both CBS and CBS All-Access. In Canada, the series will premiere on the same date at 8 p.m. on the W Network and subsequent weeks will air at 10 p.m.
Joining Diane on the spinoff are TGW favorites Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn and Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold, among others. Game of Thrones veteran Rose Leslie stars as Diane’s goddaughter Maia and Delroy Lindo joins as Robert Boseman. We were lucky enough to get a sneak at some early episodes of The Good Fight, and figured like us here at The TV Junkies, viewers are probably pretty eager to check out this spinoff. That’s exactly why we’ve dropped a few hints about those things that really caught our eye or impressed us about the show and we’ll for sure be tuning in for more of The Good Fight.
More screen time for Diane
If you’re anything like us, then you firmly believe that The Good Wife never devoted enough screen time to Baranski and her amazing portrayal of Diane. Luckily with this spinoff she’s front and center, and honestly, it just feels right. She begins this series thinking that she’s going to retire off into the sunset, but after being associated with a Ponzi scheme, her plans are foiled and she ends up working at a firm headed up by Barbara Kolstad (Erica Tazel) and Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo). This feels like just the tip of the iceberg as far as Diane is concerned and in our book that’s a very good thing!
Also more Lucca!
Just as there was never enough time for Baranski, we often wanted more of Jumbo’s Lucca Quinn in the later seasons of TGW. Jumbo was such a welcome addition to that cast and the actress and her character are certainly worthy of a starring role here. In other words, what we’re trying to say is bring on those Lucca eye rolls!
All 3 leads are ladies!
We’ve already talked about Lucca and Diane, but add Leslie’s Maia into the mix and the three main characters of The Good Fight are all women, something we absolutely love here at The TV Junkies! It remains to be seen how well the show can actually balance all three ladies’ stories each week, but after watching the pilot we remain pretty hopeful. Maia is a newly minted lawyer with some family trouble, but something tell us that having Diane and Lucca nearby can only be a good thing for a young professional like herself.
Diane vs. Lucca face-offs
The pilot proves right from the start that just because Diane and Lucca now work at the same place, it’s not going to stop them from squaring off against one another and we are Here. For. It! Lucca was never one to back down from Diane and she’s not about to start any time soon. The fact that she no longer has Alicia in her corner isn’t slowing her down one bit, and the result is pure joy for viewers to watch as these two intelligent women square off against one another.
An A+ supporting cast
From what we’ve seen the great acting performances on The Good Fight don’t stop with the three leads. Lindo’s Adrian Boseman runs the firm they all work at with Justified vet Erica Tazel’s Barbara Kolstad. While we only saw a bit of Barbara so far, she already seems to have the potential to be another force, and we’re intrigued by the fact that she’s not as keen as her law partner about having Diane join the firm. In addition, the always stellar Bernadette Peters joins CSI vet Paul Guilfoyle as they recur as Maia’s parents.
Lucca and Maia’s potential friendship
One of the best aspects of the The Good Wife was the friendship between Lucca and Alicia. Lucca is a pretty tough lady who has had to fight hard to get where she is and she doesn’t give away her allegiance easily. Maia is going through a lot when we meet her, she’s just started her law career and her family is now going through a public scandal. Lucca has seen this before, a woman having to rise up in the face of a scandal and hold her head high, so she may be just the person to befriend Maia and we’re hopeful to see more of what could be a really great friendship between the two.
Are you looking forward to The Good Fight? Sound off in the comments below!
The Good Fight premieres Sunday, February 19 on CBS and CBS All-Access and at 8 p.m. on the W Network in Canada. It will regularly air Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on the W Network and on CBS All-Access.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.