Variety reports CBS is negotiating a spin-off of The Good Wife TV show. If the sequel series comes to pass, it expected to stream on CBS All Access. The Good Wife spin-off is said to follow Christine Baranski’s character, Diane Lockhart. According to the report, Cush Jumbo, who joined the drama series in its seventh and final season, will also be in the sequel.
Good Wife co-creators Robert King and Michelle King are reportedly likely to co-write The Good Wife spin-off with another veteran of the original series. Variety says the Kings will executive produce but will not be the showrunners.
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Word that CBS is serious talks for a spin-off surfaced less than a week after “Good Wife” wrapped its Emmy-winning run on May 8. The series closer generated much discussion about the fate of its central characters and the denouement between Baranski’s Lockhart and Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick. Jumbo, a British actress known for her work on stage and in the U.K. series “Torchwood,” signed on at the start of the final season, playing a sharp, no-nonsense attorney who became a friend and confidant of Florrick.
If the project comes to fruition, it would be a significant piece of business for CBS on two fronts. It would extend the “Good Wife” aura that has been a source of prestige for the Eye, and it would mark the second high-profile original series to be developed for the CBS All Access SVOD service.
Discussions for Baranski’s “Good Wife” spin-off are believed to have in the works for some time. Throughout pilot season, Baranski was the first choice for many lead roles in dramas and comedies across multiple broadcast networks, though she turned down all the offers, even one particular project that was extremely high-profile. Her team likely had the spin-off in mind when nixing offers for the newly-available star.
What do you think? Do you want to see a Good Wife TV series spin-off? Would you subscribe to CBS All Access to watch it?