Some heavyweights in this PSA. Top of the bill is The Good Fight, the spinoff from Unpopcult favourite The Good Wife, in which it looks as if executive producers Robert and Michelle King have managed to get the band back together minus the lead singer. This time Diane Lockhart (the magnificent Christine Baranski) is the main woman: forced to reconsider retirement plans when she’s defrauded, she finds herself the “diversity hire” at an African-American law firm where Lucca Quinn (the returning Cush Jumbo) also works.
Good Wife Kremlinologists – such as me – will recall the rumours of disharmony on the show towards the end of its run, and wonder whether there’s any significance to the fact that David Lee, Marissa Gold, Elsbeth Tascioni, Kurt McVeigh, and Howard Lyman, as well as Baranski and Jumbo, are all involved in some way, whereas Julianna Margulies is not. On top of that Justin Bartha, Delroy Lindo, and Justified’s Erica Tazel are all on board. The Good Fight was well-received in America, but it’s only available there on a CBS streaming service. So for once UK viewers actually have slightly better access, albeit a little belatedly, to a US show. It’s already been renewed for a second season as well, so there’s no excuse not to dive in. CJ, I think, will be reprising her own role as Unpopcult’s reviewer of the Good Universe (Thursday 30 March, 9pm, More4).
Meantime, The Blacklist has spawned its own spinoff, Redemption, in which Tom Keen’s mother Scottie (Famke Janssen) runs a private black ops organisation. A recurring theme during this season of the parent show has been Tom’s increasing curiosity about his origins, so presumably we’ll get some answers, and some more questions, in standard Blacklist fashion. As I said when this show was first announced, though, I wonder whether its creation is the best move, particularly as Ryan Eggold and the charismatic Edi Gathegi have been diverted to it. On the other hand, it’s only running for eight weeks, and renewal looks unlikely at the moment, so it may be that it’s a problem which will resolve itself. I expect to review the first one at least; and at most, if I’m being honest (tonight, 9pm, Sky 1).
A couple of others: Chicago Justice is the latest in exec producer’s Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise, with Philip Winchester, Joelle Carter, Jon Seda, and others showing us the ups, downs, ins, outs, and (I’m guessing) ships of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. I’m sure it’s fine, and in other circumstances I might even take a look, but the TV’s piling up in great unwatched groaning heaps at the moment (Thursday 30 March, 9pm, Universal).
And on Friday Netflix drops 13 Reasons Why, its adaptation of a YA novel about the story behind a teenage girl’s suicide. The advance critical word is strongly positive.