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The Good Fight, CBS All Access’ forthcoming Good Wife spinoff, is chock full of returning fan favorites from the original series. The appearances range from full-time series regulars like Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo to return guest appearances by Carrie Preston and Denis O’Hare.
But for everyone that loyal viewers will recognize there are also plenty of fresh faces as well, as Diane enters what co-creator Michelle King calls “a truly different world” at her new firm.
Ahead of The Good Fight’s debut Sunday, THR has rounded up a cheat sheet of all the new characters to help viewers get better acquainted.
Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie)
Unlike The Good Wife, The Good Fight‘s focus is split between three leading ladies: Diane (Baranski), Lucca (Jumbo) and Maia (Leslie). Maia’s first days as a lawyer see her world turned upside down when her father is accused of running a Ponzi scheme and stealing millions from innocent victims a la Bernie Madoff. One of the victims is Diane, who must abandon her hopes of retirement when her life savings vanish. As Maia’s godmother, Diane brings her along when she joins a new law firm.
“She was a mentor for Maia and someone who was that strong foundation, a rock, in terms of a moral compass, particularly since the deterioration of the relationship with her father, with the Ponzi scheme,” Leslie says. “Diane is integral to Maia’s happiness and realization that you need to stay true to what you believe in rather than swindling millions out of innocent people.”
Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo)
Goodbye Lockhart & Lee (and the many other name changes Diane’s longtime firm underwent over the years). Hello, Reddick, Boseman and Kolstad! “We are described as not only one of the top 10 most successful black law firms in the country but also as the largest African-American firm in the Midwest,” Lindo says of Diane’s new workplace. “That’s a lot of heft. That’s a lot of power. But it also speaks to success. You know clearly I am a very, very accomplished individual and my firm is very accomplished.”
It won’t be strictly a sea of new faces either. Lucca Quinn (Jumbo) and former Lockhart/Gardner heavyweight Julius Cain (Michael Boatman) also call the firm home.
Barbara Kolstad (Erica Tazel)
One of the other name partners, Barbara is seemingly the most powerful woman at the firm (sorry, Diane). However, it’s something Tazel believes will ultimately help the two women find common ground. “I feel like she has a lot in common with Diane Lockhart, who was the only female in her firm at a certain point, the one that she founded,” Tazel says. “She’s the alpha female working with two very strong men.”
Although the third partner, Reddick, will remain a mystery until episode eight of the spinoff’s 10-episode first season, there is much to mine in the dynamic between Barbara and Adrian. “There’s a very strong presence that they have that she has to be able to complement and walk beside,” she says. “It’s a really wonderful dynamic relationship that [they] have. And it’s nice to see how much it’s changed since the pilot to where we are now.”
Colin Morello (Justin Bartha)
A new foe for Diane & Co. comes in the shape of Bartha’s character, described as a rising star in the State’s Attorney’s office. “He comes from kind of a dynastic family in Chicago, and they are most likely rearing him to go into political life and he’s not [completely] sure if he wants to. He has a complicated relationship with his family,” Bartha says. “And then he falls in love with Lucca Quinn.”
Bartha likens Lucca and Colin’s dynamic to the spark shared between Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Jason (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in season seven. “There’s a closeness in Lucca and Colin’s relationship. I think the main difference is, in The Good Fight, they get more into the personal lives of definitely Lucca but also all of the new characters,” the actor says. “There’s more romantic drama happening.”
Amy Breslin (Helene Yorke)
Also working in the State’s Attorney’s office is Maia’s better half, Amy. “She’s going through a pretty gigantic family upheaval so I play the person by her side, helping her through that hopefully well, and keep the freak-outs at a low level,”‘ Yorke says.
Like Alicia in the original series, Maia also begins the series embroiled in scandal, quickly becoming tabloid fodder and the subject of many a concerned glance. “We’re going to see the strain there,” King says. “We did it because we didn’t want it to be a mirror image of Alicia. We wanted to see another quasi marriage.”
Henry Rindell (Paul Guilfoyle)
Maia’s parents also play an important in the spinoff, particularly her father. A close friend of Diane’s since college and her hedge fund manager, Henry is initially blamed for the Ponzi scheme. “My guy is slightly responsible for that. What the ramifications of that are are going to be developed throughout the year,” Guilfoyle says. “It starts off with him in trouble. What you’re really watching my character do is try to bubble out of it, make deals, negotiate his way in and out, try to set up a defense. People have been brought down, and he brings a lot of his friends down.”
However, the actor says Henry is not as villainous as he may initially seem. But I don’t think my guy is somebody who’s determinedly like bad,” he says. “We’ll see what happens. Even I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Lenore Rindell (Bernadette Peters)
One guilty party may be Henry’s own wife, Lenore. “The way they write it; nobody knows really who is the culprit. There’s a Ponzi scheme involved and there’s three people — me and my husband and my husband’s brother,” Peters says. “We’re driving [Maia] crazy because she doesn’t know who to believe.”
The Good Fight premieres Sunday on CBS All Access, with a special preview at 8 p.m. on CBS.
(With additional reporting by Hilary Lewis)
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