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PASADENA, California – Producers for “The Good Fight,” CBS All Access’s spin-off “The Good Wife,” say the election of Donald Trump will be good for the new show.
“I think this election gave us a spine,” “The Good Fight” executive producer Michael King said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Monday. “What was good, the world changed on us. ‘The Good Wife’ was a little bit about the Obama years. This gives shape to a new show. This is all going to change, and some say for better, some for worse.”
When asked about whether the producers believed Meryl Streep’s powerful speech about Trump at the Golden Globes on Sunday emboldened them to make some kind of statement with the show, the producers said the show had always been about politics. They said the show will deal less with Trump’s presidency and more with how liberals are behaving in response to it.
Executive producer Michelle King said, “‘The Good Wife’ was, if you looked for it, a satire of a liberal mindset. So it’s not just anti-Trump, but it’s also a look at how liberals are reacting. It’s more interesting to me to see how the culture changes.”
“The Good Fight” picks up one year after the events of “The Good Wife” finale. After an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia (Rose Leslie), and wipes out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s (Baranski) savings, they’re forced out of Lockhart & Lee and then join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at a new Chicago law firm.
Star Christine Baranski pointed out that there will be one scene in the pilot involving her character Diane Lockhart’s photo of Hillary Clinton. At the time she shot the scene, Baranski believed Clinton would win the election.
“When Diane has to leave her office forever because she’s out of a job, and she takes that photo of Hillary Clinton, that scene was shot the night before the election,” Baranski said. “I imagine it’s going to have a very different resonance now.”
“The Good Fight” premieres Sunday, February 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS All Access.
Watch the new trailer for “The Good Fight” below: