CBS All Access has found a hit with its original legal drama The Good Fight, a spinoff of the popular CBS series The Good Wife. That parent series ran for seven seasons on CBS, from 2009 to 2016. The Good Fight may or may not see seven seasons, but it’s definitely off to a good start. It’s currently got a 100% Fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and CBS All Access has already announced it will be back for a second season. Now the show’s co-creators are making a wish list for their sophomore season, and it includes some familiar faces from The Good Wife.
The Good Wife starred Julianna Margulies as a woman returning to practicing law…in the aftermath of a huge scandal involving her State’s Attorney husband. The Good Fight also begins with a scandal, but this one involves Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski, reprising her role from the parent series). After a financial scam both wipes out Lockhart’s savings and smears the reputation of her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie), both of them find new employment at a respected Chicago law firm. (Talk about weathering a storm…) While the show definitely didn’t play down its connections to The Good Wife, The Good Fight‘s bosses want to make the ties even stronger in season two, hopefully bringing bring back several guest stars from the original series. Top of their list? Alan Cumming.
Cumming played the brilliant campaign strategist and image consultant Eli Gold for all seven seasons of The Good Wife, getting the bump from recurring character to main cast after only one season. The Good Fight co-creators Robert and Michelle King revealed their hopes to bring Cumming back into the fold during a recent interview with EW. It makes sense from a plot standpoint too — Eli Gold’s daughter is Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele), currently working as a secretary for Diane Lockhart. As Michelle King told EW, “it might be fun to see what Marissa Gold’s father is doing these days, particularly in this political atmosphere.”
No question Cumming is fan favorite, landing him would definitely be a “big get” for The Good Fight…and hopefully sell some CBS All Access subscriptions. Fans will have to wait and see if it happens when The Good Fight returns for a second season sometime in 2018.