Sunday, June 16, 2024

TV Exclusive: Over at CBS’s “The Good Fight” Word of a Bad Fight Backstage as Producer-Director Departs


I’m hearing it’s not such a good time at CBS’ s “The Good Fight.”

The word is that producer-director Brooke Kennedy has left the show and King Sized Productions after about a dozen years.

CBS reps went cold Wednesday when I asked for confirmation that Kennedy suddenly exited during production of the first episode for Season 6. She was said to be directing the episode, too. I asked and asked. But sources tell me this is what happened. A new director, Nelson McCormick, was subbed in for her from another King Sized show shooting in New York, “Evil.”

Kennedy was clearly divisive at “The Good Fight,” where she ran the show after segueing from “The Good Wife,” the show’s predecessor. Some people who worked with her sang her praises, but others were not complimentary. This may be a reason long time regulars Cush Jumbo and Delroy Lindo left the series at the end of Season 5.

The overall temperature now is “cooled off” for many who were waiting for Kennedy to leave the show, which is produced by Robert and Michelle King. Kennedy was the essential show runner, so that leaves questions about who will take over.

Today, “The Good Fight” announced they were adding Andre Braugher to a cast that starts with Christina Baranski — now also starring in HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age” —  and includes Mandy Patinkin. “The Good Fight” is on Paramount Plus formerly CBS All Access. (I wish it were on CBS, but no one asked me.)

Kennedy isn’t the first top producer to exit a New York based hit show. Two weeks ago Ilene Chaiken departed NBC’s “Law & Order Organized Crime.” That TV world is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure!

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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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