‘The Good Wife’ Spin-Off Picked Up To Series At CBS All Access

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That rumoured The Good Wife spin-off is becoming a reality. CBS All Access has handed out a straight-to-series order to an as-yet-untitled spin-off, which is eyed for a spring 2017 premiere on the CBS owned streaming service, TVWise has learned.

The Good Wife ran for seven season on CBS and concluded its run on the network earlier this month. While never a huge ratings performer in its Sunday night time slot, the series gave CBS much desired critical attention thanks to the strong scripts from series creators Robert & Michelle King, as well as stellar performances from a cast that included, amongst others, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi and Josh Charles.

The untitled spin-off will be set a year after the events of the series finale and will follow Diane Lockhart, the senior partner of the law firm which featured (under several different names) throughout The Good Wife. Baranski, who turned down a number of pilots this past development cycle, has a deal in place to reprise her role. Cush Jumbo who starred in season seven as Lucca Quinn, will also star in the spin-off.

Cush Jumbo - The Good WifeOriginal series creators Robert and Michelle King are creating the spin-off for CBS All Access and will executive produce alongside Phil Alden Robinson, Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Liz Glotzer and Brooke Kennedy. CBS Television Studios will serve as the studio, while their international distribution division, CBS Studios International, will handle global sales.

“The quality of The Good Wife has always rivaled anything on television and we’re excited to tell more stories with some of the brilliant characters Robert and Michelle King created,” said David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios.

This marks the second original series that has been wholly developed for CBS All Access as CBS Corporation, under Les Moonves, aims to grow the streaming service to compete with other SVOD players such as Amazon, Netflix and Hulu. CBS All Access is also working on a new Star Trek series which will premiere in January 2017, while they are eyeing at least two other dramas for 2017.

“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,” said Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Digital Media. “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.”

  • Popeye13

    (Loving TVWise being back!!!)

    Does CBS All Access act similar to the CBS network in terms of content limits or does it has a licence to be more brash and use stronger language etc?

    • haha thank you!

      Like Netflix etc they’re not beholden to the same FCC rules as the broadcast network, so they could go down that route. Its unlikely they would do that for the Star Trek series (as that one is starting on the CBS network and theres a lot more riding on it in terms of global sales), but they could for this Good Wife series. That’s not to say they will, but they COULD.

  • Jody

    Wow! That is the best TV news I have ever heard, am SO pleased. Love having you back, TV Wise 🙂