EXCLUSIVE: Diane Lockhart is staying put on More4. I’ve learned that the Channel 4 owned digi-net has picked up the UK rights to the second season of The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight from international distributor CBS Studios International. Sources tell me that the deal C4 and CBS inked earlier this year covered multiple seasons of the show. The second season of The Good Fight is expected to premiere in 2018.
The Good Fight picks up one year after the events of the The Good Wife. An enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms. The drama series is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Erica Tazel, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters.
The series was an important one for CBS as it was the first original series to launch on their SVOD service CBS All Access. While CBS All Access, like competitors Netflix and Amazon, does not release ratings data, it nevertheless was deemed successful by execs and was quickly renewed for a second season, which will run an extended length of thirteen episodes. Like The Good Wife before it, The Good Fight was a strong ratings performer for More4; attracting more than 600K viewers across the first season.
More4 has an extremely limited presence in first run U.S. acquisitions, with The Good Fight being the sole title that premieres in the UK on the channel. They do, however, hold linear rights to both Starz’s period drama Outlander and Showtime’s adaptation of Shameless (Netflix UK premiered the last two seasons for UK audiences). It is not immediately clear if Channel 4 will be picking up any new series for More4 following the recent LA Screenings.