The highly anticipated spin-off to the critically acclaimed series The Good Wife premieres Sunday, February 19 at 8 E/P. Not to sound like a Lady Gaga song, but there are a million reasons to watch this show. For the sake of time, let’s look at five.
Diane Lockhart’s Comeback
In a post-slap world, Diane Lockhart is doing just fine without Alicia Florrick. She’s at the top of her game and ready to retire with plans to buy a villa in France. Suddenly, as its revealed in the 2 minute trailer, Diane loses all of her retirement savings in a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme and her firm refuses to take her back.
Starting over proves to be challenging for Diane and we’re not sure if she’s still with her husband Kurt McVeigh after he confessed to an affair in The Good Wife finale. Will he stand by her side or leave her high and dry? Whatever the case, if The Good Fight is an hour a week of Diane Lockhart kicking ass and taking names, then pour me a glass of Merlot and save me a seat on the couch!
Newcomer Rose Leslie
If you’re like me and have never seen an episode of Game of Thrones in your entire life, you probably won’t know who Rose Leslie. My research indicates she is a Scottish actress with gorgeous red locks who just so happens to be dating Jon Snow a.k.a. Kit Harrington in real life.
She joins the cast as Maia Rindell, a young attorney who’s also Diane’s goddaughter. Her father gets arrested in the financial scam and Maia ends up being ostracized by her peers. It isn’t long until she teams up with Diane to claw their way back to normal.
No Filter Episodes
Because The Good Fight will stream on CBS All Access, it doesn’t have the same restrictions for language, time, and racy content as it did in the past. So, get ready for lots of sex and swearing!
I spent 7 years watching Diane Lockhart carry herself with grace and dignity. Hearing her drop an F bomb will be shocking and extremely entertaining. Kind of like a drunk uncle at a wedding. Yeah, he’s being rude, but he’s kind of making the party more fun.
Showrunners Michelle and Robert King reveal that one episode will deal with censorship in the age of Trump. Another will feature a case about police brutality and race. The show will continue to tackle hot-button political issues but will do so in an uncensored manner.
Don’t worry, here on W Network we'll be airing the uncensored episodes starting Sunday, February 26 at 10 E/P.
Diane, the lead, is a successful woman in her 60s. Maia is a lesbian in a committed relationship. When Diane goes back to work she joins a predominately African-American law firm in Chicago. The staff joke that she's a "diversity hire" which is a significant difference between this office and her old one.
“Just the idea that there were going to be that many black people on set was amazing to me,” Cush Jumbo (Lucca Quinn) said at the Television Critics Association conference.
Between the boardroom, the courtroom, and the bedroom, expect to see lots of barriers being broken.
The original series has a slew of memorable supporting characters we are lucky to see again in the spin-off, including Dennis O’Hare (Judge Charles Abernathy), John Benjamin Hickey (ChumHum founder Neil Gross) and Matthew Perry (attorney Mike Kresteva). Could I BE any more excited?
When I binge-watched the Good Wife my favourite episodes were the ones with Carrie Preston in it. For 5 seasons she played the colourful and quirky attorney Elsbeth Tascioni and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2013. Preston is a notorious scene stealer so the new cast better bring their A game.