Good Wife Fave Joins Spinoff as Series Regular (and the New Kalinda)

Michael Ausiello

CBS’ Good Wife spinoff just got a lot more sarcastic.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Sarah Steele is set to reprise her role as Eli Gold’s hilariously sardonic daughter Marissa in the digital-only offshoot — and as a full-fledged series regular to boot. Steele joins previously-announced Good Wife vets Christine Baranski (Diane) and Cush Jumbo (Lucca) in the new series.

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The spinoff — debuting in February 2017 on CBS, before moving exclusively to CBS All Access — picks up one year after last May’s Good Wife finale and finds Diane in the throes of a financial crisis. She is consequently forced out of Lockhart & Lee and ends up joining Lucca at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.

Per Deadline, Marissa will begin the 10-episode season as Diane’s secretary, before segueing into the role of investigator (effectively making her the new Kalinda).

News of Steele’s casting comes just days after it was formally announced that Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King will not only exec-produce the drama, but serve as showrunners as well.

Steele, whose TV credits also include Nurse Jackie and Gossip Girl, will next be seen in an episode of CBS’ new Michael Weatherly procedural Bull playing the host of the hugely popular, Serial-like podcast.

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