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The Good Fight Review: The Verdict on the Spinoff Is In (and It's... Good)

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The premiere spends a fair amount of time laying pipe, so Episode 2 provides a more accurate picture of what the series will look like moving forward. And it looks really good. As with The Good Wife, the offshoot juggles a case of the week with several serialized — and thus far compelling — story threads (one of which is the mystery over what really happened to Diane’s fortune). Good Wife fans will also recognize the dramatic score and the Kings’ signature breakneck pacing, as well as additional familiar faces, most notably the sublime Sarah Steele as Eli’s no-nonsense daughter Marissa.

THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE: The Good Fight stumbles a bit after the bell but quickly recovers to deliver, if not a K.O., at the very least a victory by unanimous decision.

 

Remote Controlled: ‘The Good Fight’ EPs and Christine Baranski on How Election Gave Show a ‘Kick in the A–‘

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The producers reveal that the idea of spinning off “The Good Wife” was always in the back of their minds, given the richness of their characters.

“The characters are so real to me that I always have the sense that they’re off living their own lives, even if they don’t happen to have a camera trained on them,” says Michelle King. “For me, they all were doing their own little shows. We just didn’t happen be telling those stories. I just wasn’t consciously thinking, oh, it’s now time to be making that television show.”

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As with the original drama, the series will also reflect what’s happening in the news. As soon as Donald Trump won the presidential election, the producers rewrote the first episode. “It was a kick in the a– to the show creatively,” says Robert King. “It gave a creative spine to the show.”

“Our characters are political,” says Michelle King. “It isn’t so much that we want to impose politics on the show. It’s that we have a show with characters that are politically aware. They are going to be responding to what’s going on in the news.”

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'The Good Fight' Recruits Jane Lynch (Exclusive)

Lynch will play Agent Madeline Starkey, an FBI lifer who is just as quirky as you'd expect of someone who can't be fired. Affable, unassuming with a pleasant manner, she can sometimes play dumb, but is extremely shrewd. She will appear in episode nine, set to debut April 9 on CBS All Access.

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2 hours ago, Ms Blue Jay said:

I am confident you guys will enjoy this.

Designer Zac Posen interviews Christine Baranski in a very long form for Interview Magazine.  She discusses her character and the show at length.

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/christine-baranski

That was fabulous!  I love the way she kept calling him Darling.

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If networks keep making better shows like this that are only on a pay platform, it helps me make the decision more and more to cut the 'big cable' cord.  There are options besides Comcast and Verizon out there.

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The Good Fight Season 2 Episode Count Revealed (Hint: It's More Than 10)

According to Entertainment Weekly, the CBS All Access legal drama’s episode count will rise to 13 in Season 2. (A CBS rep has yet to officially confirm the EW report.)

From Ask Ausiello:

Question: Does the fact that Diane and Kurt got back together in the Good Fight finale mean that we’ll be seeing more of Gary Cole in Season 2? —Robert


Ausiello: “That is such a good question for the showrunners of Veep,” exec producer Michelle King hedged with a chuckle when I posed your question to her. The good news? As fellow EP Robert King notes, “He was doing Veep while we shot Season 1 and we were able to skirt around that and use him when we could. So we’re intent on making that work again.”

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Christine Baranski and Minnie Driver on Variety's Actors on Actors series (if you aren't familiar with this series, it's basically two actors chatting with each other for half an hour):

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One Emmy nomination for The Good Fight:

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC

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That's too bad. I liked her. When they added 3 regulars I had a feeling at least one of the season one regulars might be leaving or going to recurring. We will know soon if anyone else is exiting. 

Edited by Oreo2234.

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We never learned much about Barbara, so it's hard to say I'll miss the character. But I think I would have preferred learning about her over watching Maia run around with the frightened rabbit expression.

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