Following the cancellation of legal drama “The Good Wife,” CBS has announced that a spin-off has officially been given the go signal by the network.
According to TVLine, the project will star Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo as their original characters Diane and Lucca, respectively. It is set to launch on CBS All Access in spring 2017 and will have a one-year time jump after the events of the season 7 finale. The two stars will be joined by new characters as the story progresses.
Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Digital Media Marc DeBevoise shared that the decision to add the show to their data-driven platform stems from the reception its parent series received, “Our original programming strategy for CBS All Access is data-driven and focused on exclusive, premium content that will continue to expand the value of our service to subscribers.”
“‘The Good Wife’ is consistently one of our most-watched series across digital platforms, and this new series, with the incredible storytellers and marquee talent that have signed on, is a perfect addition to CBS All Access’s premium original programming slate,” he added.
Moreover, series creators Robert and Michelle King have tapped Phil Alden Robinson to serve as an executive producer of the new show.
Meanwhile, in an interview after the release of “The Good Wife” concluding installment, the Kings revealed that the plot actually has an alternate ending. They shared that Diane slapped Alicia (Julianna Margulies) as she is becoming more like husband Noah (Chris Noth) with Diane ultimately becoming collateral damage.
They also added that the final scene almost had Alicia chasing a man, “We were tempted to have Alicia chase after a man in the end stop him from getting on a train or an airplane at the last minute, hold him, kiss him. We like those endings. But there was something false about it here. It isn’t who Alicia is. In the end, the story of Alicia isn’t about who she’ll be with; it’s about who she’ll be.”