the good wife, spinoff, spin-off, christine baranski, diane lockhart"The Good Wife" may be over, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to say goodbye to all your favorite characters just yet: A spinoff starring Christine Baranski could be coming to CBS All Access.

Variety reports that CBS is having "serious talks" about spinning off its critically-acclaimed drama, developing the show for its streaming service, CBS All Access. If it moves ahead, it would be the second such high-profile series to air on the service, with a "Star Trek" reboot currently in the works from Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies").

The "Good Wife" spinoff would focus on Baranski's character, Diane Lockhart, and would also star season seven addition Cush Jumbo. "Good Wife" creators Robert and Michelle King would serve as producers on the potential series (but not showrunners), and would also co-write the series with another "Good Wife" scribe (who's unnamed for now).

Variety's report cautions that this project is currently in its earliest stages, and may not pan out, thanks to negotiations that are angling for a straight-to-series order (usually a big gamble for networks). But it seems Baranski's reps are confident that those terms can be worked out, since the actress reportedly passed on several major pilot offers, apparently in hopes that the spinoff would move forward.

It would behoove CBS to make this deal a done one, since All Access is still a burgeoning service, and attracting curious subscribers should be its number one focus. A buzzy spinoff of a well-established drama to go with a buzzy reboot of a well-established sci-fi show would be just the push many viewers need to pony up the $6 subscription fee.

Stay tuned.

[via: Variety]

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