Did you catch the new series called The Good Fight from Robert and Michelle King who were creators and show runners for the award-winning and money-making CBS-TV series The Good Wife?
The pilot and series premiered on CBS last Sunday. The rest of the series will be exclusive and stream only on CBS All Access. In truth, on our calendars, the series begins takes place 9 months after The Good Wife finale (which aired on May 8th 2016), but one year later in story-time.
So a number of the characters who were important over the last few seasons of The Good Wife are now, or at least in Episode 1, in The Good Fight,
or at least in the series opener. Like Zach Grenier as David Lee, and Jerry Adler as Howard Lyman. Cush Jumbo is also on hand but at another firm.
Sarah Steele, who joined The Good Wife, a few seasons in as Marissa Gold (Eli Gold’s daughter) was not is this first episode of TGF, but she is listed for 9 episodes which would make her be a regular in the cast.
Also on hand is Gary Cole who played Kurt McVeigh, a ballistic expert who became Diane Lockhart’s husband in Season 7 of the TGW.
There’s even a photo of the dear and departed Will Gardner. But there’s no sign of Alicia Florrick.
Yes, CBS All Access is a subscription service like Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon Prime. At the moment they are offering two versions – the Limited Commercials version that will run you $5.99 a month, and the Commercial Free service which will hit you up at $9.99 a month. The good news is that this service will allow you watch The Good Fight and many other CBS offerings at anytime, anywhere, and on any device. The bad news is that you have to pay CBS for this series. They do offer a free one week trial, in case you’d like to check it out before parting with any cash.
The series is headed up with Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart. As the pilot begins, Diane is about to a) retire and b) buy a villa somewhere in the Provence region of France, but not before her last case concludes. She’s representing the City of Chicago and the Chicago PD in a suit for a brutality at the hands of the police. Lockhart hopes to go out with a win.
Until then, Diane had been a name partner in a law conglomerate that had so many name partners in the firm name – that I don’t have the time to give you that information. Anyway, it doesn’t matter as she has signed off on her retirement documents and is all but out the door.
At the moment she is the recipient and guest of honor at her retirement farewell party. Which included on the guest list is Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn, and Bernadette Peters and Paul Guilfoyle as the married couple – Lenore and Henry Lindell.
But it is at this party that Diane has her defining moment, It is all downhill from there. You see, Diane will soon find out that she’s been ‘Rindelled’. Or maybe I should say that the Rindells ran an ‘ investments by invitation only’ Ponzi scheme that left Diane, and some of her friends, some of her colleagues, and even some of her clients, in the same boat as those who were victimized by Bernie Madoff.
In shorter terms – Diane’s request to rejoin the firm she just retired from is refused. She’s broke and jobless. As well as a pariah.
So is Maia Rindell (played by Rose Leslie). Maia is the daughter of Lenore and Henry Rindell,
and she had recently joined the firm as an associate just out of law school. And now thanks to Henry and Lenore, her parents, she’s also persona non grata in the law circles of Chicago.
Obviously that situation will have to change as any proud and TGW badge wearing, flag waving, fan of CBS will tell you.
The knight in shining armor that will come to save Diane (and Rose) will be Delroy Lindo as Adrian Boseman who has his own law firm – Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad. He’s also the attorney for the plaintiff who is suing The City of Chicago and the Chicago P.D. which is the case Diane was defending.
Check out this nifty bit of dialogue:
Adrian Boseman: You’re broke, Diane. You’re looking for a place to land. Nobody wants you because of this Rindell scandal.
Diane Lockhart: I’m tired, Adrian. I want to go home.
Adrian Boseman: You know, we’re in the midst of expanding. You could be our diversity hire.
By the way, Lucca Quinn is also working at Boseman’s firm. Boseman’s partner, Barbara Kolstad (played by Erica Tazel) has some reservations about hiring Diane. Diane who has a long history of being in charge will now have to face the fact that she will working at RBK with Kolstad as her boss. Is she up to the task.
As I write this, I am still thinking about whether or not I want to pay for the CBS All Access subscription. If I do, I’d have to pay for at least two maybe three months as the series has 9 more episodes to screen.
My thinking is that this series, TGF, has all the stuff that I liked about the TGW but without the bloat and padding. A 10 week series will definitely have to be a lot sleeker and fast paced than the 22 episode seasons of the original. But the Kings are certainly talented enough to hit this one out of the park.
While I think about it signing up (and paying) to see this series – you can check out the trailer: