The 10-episode first season of the CBS All Access legal drama “The Good Fight” will air on CBS beginning Sunday evening with episodes at 9 and 10 p.m., exposing the spinoff of “The Good Wife” to a larger audience and boosting the Emmy chances for its third season.
Two additional episodes will air on June 23, one day before the deadline to submit ballots for the nominations for the 2019 Primetime Emmys.
The episodes will be “edited to be appropriate broadcast standards,” according to CBS.
The first episode of “The Good Fight” aired on CBS on Feb. 19, 2017. A version of the episode seven minutes, 10 seconds longer with language and “the frankness of sexuality” not permitted on broadcast television became available that night on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and live streaming service, according to executive producer Robert King, one of the series’ three creators.
The episodes airing on CBS will have the same 2.0:1 aspect ratio they did when they were streamed on CBS All Access, which is different than what “The Good Wife” had, giving it “a classier look,” King said.
“The Good Fight” picks up one year after the events of the final episode of “The Good Wife,” which aired in 2016. It stars Christine Baranski, reprising her role of attorney Diane Lockhart that brought her six Emmy nominations for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series.
The opening episode of “The Good Fight” has Lockhart putting a down payment on a farmhouse in Provence and resigning from her firm to write her memoirs in France after watching President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
However, a Bernard Madoff-like enormous financial scam wipes out Lockhart’s savings and destroys the reputation of her goddaughter Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), who is beginning her legal career as a first-year associate at Lockhart’s firm, Lockhart & Lee.
Portions of the opening episode were filmed the week of the 2016 presidential election, and Trump’s surprise victory required 5 percent of the script to be rewritten, Michelle King, another of the series’ creators and executive producers and Robert King’s wife, told City News Service.
After Lockhart’s bid to rejoin her old firm is rejected, she is invited to join the previously all-African American firm of Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad by her longtime legal rival (Delroy Lindo), who she persuades to also hire Rindell.
Bernadette Peters and Paul Guilfoyle have recurring roles as Rindell’s parents who operate the investment firm — which committed the financial scam.
The cast also includes two other members who were on “The Good Wife,” Cush Jumbo and Sarah Steele, while several other alumni made guest-starring appearances — Carrie Preston, Gary Cole, Zach Grenier, Michael Boatman and Jerry Adler.
Airing “The Good Fight” prompted CBS to delay the second-season premiere of the crime drama “Instinct” two weeks to June 30.
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