Alicia vs. Diane — Round 2?
The recently-ordered Good Wife spinoff — starring Christine Baranski (Diane) and Cush Jumbo (Lucca) and set to launch in Spring 2017 on CBS All Access — may very well feature a guest turn by the original series’ leading lady, Julianna Margulies.
“We might [see Alicia],” exec producer Michelle King told TVLine at a CBS Studios-hosted press event earlier this week. “It’s all being conceived right now.”
As previously reported, the digital-only offshoot — which also counts Robert King and Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) as exec producers — will pick up one year after Diane KO’d Alicia in the series finale. One thing is certain, per Michelle King: Alicia will no longer be employed at the firm.
“It’ll be fun to build [the company] anew,” she shared, adding that the currently untitled series will likely feature other familiar faces beyond Diane and Lucca. “But also,” King added, “the thinking is new characters.”
Regarding the decision to make Baranski’s seasoned attorney and Jumbo’s upstart lawyer the centerpieces of the spinoff, King explained, “Those were just such compelling characters. It seemed like an interesting way to go.”
In the meantime, fans can get a partial Good Wife fix via Robert and Michelle Kings’ summer political/sci-fi satire BrainDead (premiering June 13 on CBS). Although Michelle concedes that the two shows are “very, very different,” she notes, “You’ll see some of our obsessions, like with politics and humor. It’s there. Just this time, there [are also] bugs from outer space.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)