After a critically acclaimed seven-season run and not insignificant behind-the-scenes drama, The Good Wife ended last year, but CBS is reviving the world of one character for a new spin-off. The Good Fight picks up with Diane Lockhart's story as she plans to retire from law. Unfortunately, her retirement fund gets embroiled in a Ponzi scheme and she loses every penny. The show follows her return to work and attempts to rebuild, incorporating some familiar faces along the way. So which characters from The Good Wife will be on The Good Fight? Some of its strongest female characters are sticking around.
After her brief retirement, Diane attempts to return to the firm at which she was once partner and reinstate herself. Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), David Lee refuses to let her back into the fold, and she's basically left unemployed. She winds up reconnecting with Luca Quinn, played by Cush Jumbo who becomes Christine Baranski's costar on the series. The two team up to build yet another startup litigation firm from the ground up. Eli Gold's sassy, but intuitive daughter Marissa, played by Sarah Steele, also joins the cast of characters as a series regular and Carrie Preston's Elsbeth Tascioni will make an appearance in a guest arc capacity.
We also catch glimpses of The Good Wife characters like Diane's former partner David Lee and her husband Kurt McVeigh, and CBS promises they'll be joined by "a number of familiar guest stars."
Just as exciting as visits from the old gang, however, are the new cast members The Good Fight will bring into the fold. Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie joins the cast as Maia Rindell, Diane's goddaughter and an upstart young lawyer, whose father is the mastermind behind the Ponzi scheme that tanked Diane's retirement fund. Bernadette Peters plays her mom and will also be making several guest appearances.
Following CBS' recent success with its for-pay streaming service CBS All Access, The Good Fight will air exclusively on the platform, behind a paywall. Although the series premiere will air on CBS to spark interest, the rest of the episodes will release in weekly installments, exclusively on CBS All Access. The Good Fight is the first scripted series CBS is trying this with, after its earlier success with CBS All Access original Big Brother: Over the Top and offering the network's NFL on CBS coverage on the platform. It's a bold move, but The Good Fight comes with a built-in fanbase and its trailer looks just as sexy, sleek, and steamy as The Good Wife. Whether or not the show takes off in this format is up to the fans.