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‘The Good Wife’ spinoff scores CBS premiere date

'The Good Wife' ended on May 8 at the end of its seventh season. — AFP pic'The Good Wife' ended on May 8 at the end of its seventh season. — AFP picLOS ANGELES, Dec 8 — CBS All Access is using a familiar pattern to debut its spinoff of The Good Wife.

The Good Fight will premiere at 8pm Sunday, February 19 on CBS — the same night as the original series from Robert and Michelle King — before shifting to CBS All Access the following week.

“CBS All Access has built tremendous momentum in the past year — passing one million subscribers, launching our first original with Big Brother: Over the Top and, most recently, bringing live NFL On CBS programming to the service,” CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise said in making the announcement yesterday.

“We’re continuing this momentum with the upcoming launch of The Good Fight, which promises to not only deliver more ambitious premium programming for our subscribers but an opportunity for world-class creators like Robert and Michelle King to push the envelope in new ways.”

The Good Fight, the first original scripted drama to launch on CBS All Access, landed on Sundays, the same night as its predecessor. It will debut in the time period where a transplanted NCIS: Los Angeles has delivered a string of impressive ratings on the night. The CBS preview follows the same model that the network had in mind for Star Trek: Discovery, with that drama originally eyed for a January linear debut before moving to its VOD platform. Star Trek: Discovery, which recently saw Bryan Fuller step down as showrunner to focus on other projects, is now being eyed for a May launch. The series is currently casting.

The Good Fight picks up a year after the events of the The Good Wife. The new series centres on an enormous financial scam that has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms. Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo, Erica Tazel, Paul Guilfoyle, Bernadette Peters, Sarah Steele, Gary Cole and Justin Bartha round out the cast. — The Hollywood Reporter/Bloomberg

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