‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff to Star Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo in Negotiations at CBS All Access

'The Good Wife' Spinoff to Star
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Sources say CBS is in final negotiations to set up a spinoff of “The Good Wife” focusing on Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart character that would air on CBS All Access.

Actress Cush Jumbo, who joined the “Good Wife” cast in the show’s seventh and final season, is also expected to star in the spinoff. Sources cautioned that the deal is still in negotiations for a straight-to-series order and may not come to fruition. “Good Wife” co-creators/exec producers Robert and Michelle King would likely co-write the project with another “Good Wife” alum. The pair would be exec producers but not serve as showrunners.

Word that CBS is serious talks for a spinoff 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.

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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.

CBS already has a new rendition of “Star Trek” set to beam up on All Access in January. A “Good Wife” spinoff with Baranski would be another marquee property to help drive subscriptions to the service, which sells for $6 a month. Sending the spinoff to All Access rather than the mothership network is a sign of CBS’ determination to invest in All Access as a distinct programming platform. CBS Corp. chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves has said the goal is to have three to four original series airing on CBS All Access every year.

Discussions for Baranski’s “Good Wife” spinoff 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 spinoff in mind when nixing offers for the newly-available star.

In addition to the “Good Wife” spinoff, the Kings have an offbeat horror dramedy, “BrainDead,” set to bow on June 13. The series stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a young woman who gets a job on Capitol Hill only to discover that zombies are eating the brains of many in Congress.

(Elizabeth Wagmeister contributed to this report.)

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  1. tadtorque says:

    Lucca was the best thing in the last season. The rest of the show and characters were long tired. She brought a spark back during her scenes. Glad to see she’s getting this opportunity. Hopefully they put Baranski to good use here.

  2. justin stark says:

    Of ALL the characters I never want to see, again, she is Number One. Null and Void should
    be the name of her new firm.

  3. I love Diane Lockhart and Luca was a great addition to the show. I will watch…

  4. Orcasite says:

    Perhaps in the spinoff there could be a little reality about the law.

  5. Mickey Shaw says:

    Christine Baranski needs to retire, we’ve seen it, Please!

  6. ONLY if Archie Pajama is on board as kinky yet sexy Kalinda. That other actress wasn’t that great.(I forgot her name?)

  7. Pepin Tuma says:

    I really need you to make this happen. Also, there can never be enough Christine Baranski in my life.

  8. ludi66 says:

    Love the idea but what about Cary? You can’t have Diane without Cary….

  9. Gas Mann says:

    I don’t understand the fascination with Baranski. Hollywood obviously loves her, but she’s exactly the same character in everything she does — the bug-eyed British girl isn’t interesting either.

  10. Joy says:

    Would definitely watch as a regular series but NOT as a pay-per-view. I pay enough for cable, Netflix & HULU now. NOT paying CBS All Access fee too…

  11. A Survon says:

    A spinoff would be vile and unworthy and ever so pointless.
    There is no more of the story to tell.
    Diane Lockhart got her evil thrown back in her face and there the story ends

  12. Mary says:

    I absolutely love Christine Baranski and hope to see her in more in the future.

  13. Shoequeen61 says:

    I would definitely watch it… I LOVE Baranski! Stylish, chic, smart and oh so talented♡

  14. Susan says:

    Archie much more entertaining. Christine worth the watch, worth the wait, but not Cush.

  15. KasKay says:

    Not sure how I feel about a spin off and especially to more paid programing. Bring Eli and Kalinda back and maybe. That was the worst mistake when Kalinda was asked to leave…or whatever happened.

  16. PJVS says:

    Diane’s character is phony, amoral and empty. She didn’t begin that way, so much, ie., but her true colors of betrayal, back-stabbing and money-based ethics came through long ago.
    The Kings can keep their spin-off. Zero interest!

  17. Jacques Strappe says:

    Zero interest investing in another streaming service. Netflix and Amazon Prime are more than enough…The Good Wife is dead now and no need to revive parts of it so soon. It should have ended about 2 seasons ago.

  18. JC says:

    methinks i see some backwards engineering in the controversial and contrived ‘slap’.

    they can’t do an “all-woman firm spinoff” with baranski and jumbo if alicia is still a hanging chad. one can imagine the spinoff deal shaping up towards the end of the season as the writer’s room scrambles to sever alicia’s relationship with diane.

  19. cadavra says:

    Yes! There was talk about it for months–so glad this looks like it will happen. Hope many of the other cast members will climb back on board as well.

    • cadavra says:

      And now that “Crowded” has been sadly cancelled, at least Carrie Preston is free to come back as Elsbeth.

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