Saturday, May 18, 2024

“The Good Wife” Spin Off with Christine Baranski Starts Adding Characters (Exclusive)


As you no doubt know, “The Good Wife” is coming back. Only, it will have a different title and start on CBS’s digital service– although I have to think that once their shows start failing CBS will put this on the air too.

Anyway, Christine Baranski returns as Diane, Cush Jumbo is Lucca, and Sarah Steele is Marissa Gold, daughter of Eli (which means we’ll see Alan Cumming as her father).

Now I’m told there are three new roles. Robert will be the name of the head of a Chicago African American law firm. He’s described as a combination of “Little Richard and Chris Rock.” I can’t even imagine what that means. He’s between 40 and 50 and the “life the of the party.”

Then there’s Maia, Diane’s 25 year old goddaughter who’s going to be a younger Julianna Margulies. Maia is the apple of Diane’s eye.

Maia’s dad, Edgar, will also be a recurring guest character. He’s the wealthiest, most successful financial adviser in Chicago. Diane wants his business.

It all sounds good as long it gets Christine Baranski an Emmy award.

So what should they call it? I say call it “The Good Life.” A nice play on “The Good Wife,” and also, please, even on their worst days Robert and Michelle King’s characters have the best lives in the world.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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