That Good Fight musical episode we keep hoping for really, really needs to happen now.
Tony Award (and Emmy) winner Mandy Patinkin has boarded the cast of the acclaimed
CBS All Access Paramount+ legal drama, nearly a year after Showtime’s Homeland wrapped its eight-season run.
As reported by our sister site Deadline, Patinkin (who by the by is actually clean-shaven now) has inked a one-season deal to play Hal Wackner, a layman with no legal training who spontaneously decides to open a court in the back of a copy shop. Against all odds, the court catches on, and the team at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart find themselves contending with judgements that mean nothing legally, but are honored by much of the entertained public.
“We are the biggest fans of Mandy’s stage, screen, and now YouTube work, so we couldn’t be more excited for him to play Wackner,” series creators Robert and Michelle King said in a statement. “We only worry that he’ll have less time to do his fantastic work on YouTube,” where he chronicles his quarantine household repairs and such.
Patinkin’s casting in the 10-episode Season 5 will help fill the void left by exiting cast members Cush Jumbo (Luca) and Delroy Lindo (Adrian). Also to that end, as previously reported, Aussie actress Charmaine Bingwa will fill the series regular role of Carmen Moyo, a tough and unsentimental lawyer whose working-class background allows her to bond with Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart’s most infamous, difficult clients.
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As TVLine reported last spring, both Jumbo and Lindo will not be returning for Season 5. The COVID-19 crisis — which forced The Good Fight to cut Season 4 short — precluded the Kings from wrapping up the pair’s storylines. The EPs, however, remained hopeful that both actors would be able to put in a guest appearance or two in Season 5 to bring closure to their characters.