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Christine Baranski’s ‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff Gets Picked Up by CBS All Access: Details

Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Update: The verdict is in! CBS announced during its upfront presentation on Wednesday, May 18, that it is picking up its Good Wife spinoff straight-to-series. 

The show will air on CBS All-Access, not on CBS, and focus on Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo). Good Wife co-creators Robert and Michelle King will write the pilot but will not head up the writing staff for the series. 

Original story: Good news for Good Wife fans! CBS is reportedly in final negotiations for a Good Wife spinoff starring Christine Baranski’s character Diane Lockhart, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Actress Cush Jumbo, who joined the popular show in its seventh and final season as Lucca Quinn, is reportedly expected to star in the new series as well. Plus, Good Wife co-creators Robert and Michelle King will likely write the first episode, but not produce the whole series, the site reports.

According to THR, the spinoff would not air on CBS but stream on CBS All Access on-demand subscription service, which costs $5.99 per month. If the deal goes through, CBS will likely announce it at their upfronts on May 18 when they present their fall schedule. 

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Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski
Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski on the series finale of ‘The Good Wife.’

The writers left room for Lockhart’s story line to continue during The Good Wife finale on Sunday, May 8. The show even set her up for a leading lady role when she boldly slapped Alicia Florrick (played by Julianna Margulies) across the face, most likely crushing their plans for an all-female firm. The ending also showed Diane and Lucca working for the same firm, which would set a perfect stage for the next installment. 

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Last month, Baranski hinted she was open to the possibility of a spinoff, especially if the Kings are on board. “I always thought they understood me as an actress and they wrote beautifully for actors and they wrote women very well,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “So, of course I would hope to cross paths with them again.”

Tell Us: Which Good Wife characters do you want to see in the spinoff? 

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