CBS Corporation today announced the launch of “EYE Speak,” a program designed to promote female empowerment and help forge a path of growth and opportunity for women in the Company as well as the entertainment industry as a whole.
To launch the initiative, CBS Television Studios will host a kickoff event on March 14 in Los Angeles featuring a panel of some of the strongest female voices in front of and behind the camera. They include: Maria Bello (NCIS), Sonequa Martin-Green (STAR TREK: DISCOVERY), Sara Ramirez (MADAM SECRETARY), Gina Rodriguez (JANE THE VIRGIN), Lori McCreary (MADAM SECRETARY), Aline Brosh McKenna (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND) and Jennie Snyder Urman (JANE THE VIRGIN). They will unite to share their personal stories and how each of them is helping to move the conversation forward.
The launch event for “EYE Speak” will be in concert with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and its #SeeHer campaign. #SeeHer was created with the mission to portray girls and women accurately in media. The goal is for women and girls, by 2020, to see themselves reflected as they truly are. The “EYE Speak” kickoff event is part of CBS’ ongoing partnership with the ANA to promote the initiative’s mission.
As part of “EYE Speak,” CBS plans to host events throughout the year, including mentorship programs and fireside chats for employees at various CBS campuses, where they will have direct access to CBS executives and high-profile women in all areas of entertainment. The company also will look to build themed events and programs around certain CBS series and creative talent to create more opportunities for learning and growth.
To support the mission of “EYE Speak,” CBS Television Studios’ critically acclaimed series THE GOOD FIGHT for CBS All Access will host a special season two premiere screening at The Wing, a network of women’s co-working and community spaces, in New York on Feb. 26. The event will include an intimate discussion with the strong female voices of the series. Participating in the panel will be the series’ stars Christine Baranski, Rose Leslie, Audra McDonald, executive producer/showrunner Michelle King, and Brooke Kennedy, who serves as an executive producer and director.
As the show’s season premiere is getting closer (March 4th), more promotional content is being released ! Two gorgeous HQ promotional pictures and four HQ stills have been added to the gallery and you can read the synopsis for episode 02×01 below :
Episode 201: “Day 408”
Season two premiere. An unfortunate event brings the firm together, along with the prospect of a new name partner, Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald). Meanwhile, Diane struggles to grapple with the insanity of the world and Maia is confronted with another hurdle in her parents’ scandal. Erica Tazel, Jane Lynch, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jerry Adler and Paul Guilfoyle guest star.
Episode 201 will be available to stream on Sunday, March 4th.
The creators of the show have also revealed the story behind Season 2 episodes’ titles :
Each episode of CBS All Access series The Good Fight‘s Season 2 will be named for how many days Donald Trump has been President of the United States. Like a hostage crisis, Robert King explained to Deadline. Which, he said, speaks very much to the state of mind of Christine Baranski’s character Diane, who will continue, in the second batch of episodes, to grapple with the insanity of a world in which Trump is POTUS.
The first episode, for instance, available March 4, is titled “Day 408.” Episode 2 is “Day 415,” for those keeping score. (source)
Finally, it has been announced recently that Amazon has acquired the show in a « Multi-Season International Licensing Agreement » :
Amazon Prime Video and CBS Studios International announced today a multi-season, licensing agreement for the CBS All Access premium series THE GOOD FIGHT across territories in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The agreement gives Amazon Prime Video the exclusive, first-window licensing rights to THE GOOD FIGHT in notable markets such as Belgium, France, Japan, Latin America, New Zealand, Portugal, South Korea and Turkey and exclusive second-window licensing rights for the series in other territories. (source)
It’s finally here : the first trailer for the second season of The Good Fight ! Posters of the main characters have also been released, including one featuring Rose as a very fierce Maia Rindell, which you can now find in the gallery along with screencaps from the trailer. Reminder that the season premiere will be released on March 4th on CBS All Access !
CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, today announced season two of its first original drama series, THE GOOD FIGHT, will premiere on Sunday, March 4, 2018. New episodes of THE GOOD FIGHT’s 13-episode second season will be available weekly on Sundays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers.
In season two of THE GOOD FIGHT, the world is going insane, and the Chicago murder rate is on the rise. Amidst the insanity, Diane, Lucca, Maia and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging. After a copycat murder, the firm begins to look at its own clients suspiciously. Meanwhile, Diane battles with a new partner at the firm, Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald); Maia becomes tougher after her parents’ scandal puts her on trial; and Lucca is brought back into Colin’s orbit.
The series, from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi.
Robert and Michelle King serve as showrunners and executive producers of the series, which they co-created with Phil Alden Robinson. Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Liz Glotzer and Brooke Kennedy also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. The series is distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.
Last Wednesday, THE GOOD FIGHT’s first season was nominated for three Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series (Christine Baranski), Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Delroy Lindo) and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Cush Jumbo).
The Hollywood Reporter has released a new very interesting article in which Rose speaks about what’s coming for her character Maia Rindell in The Good Fight’s second season, coming on CBS All Access in early 2018 :
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER –[…] Diane won’t be the only facing tough questions in season two. After she was arrested in the final moments of the season one finale, Maia (Rose Leslie) will have a lot to think about when she faces trial in season two for her connection to her parents’ Ponzi scheme.
« There needed to be a point, I felt, thereby Maia was no longer going to continue victimizing herself. There had to be a point of her confronting everything that was in front of her and realizing that… her father is never going to change, » Leslie says. « Either she cuts him out of her life or is she forever going to be beholden to the Rindell name, to the scandal and never move on from it. I felt it was a very positive, healthy move for Maia to have this trial happen. »
Maia will have already spent time behind bars when season two picks up, but unlike Cary Agos’ jail stint during season six of The Good Wife, Maia won’t appear in an orange jumpsuit. « It is just me in my office clothes which once again are incredibly fitted and flattering so no complaints from me, » Leslie says with a laugh.
However, Maia (and subsequently Leslie) will be sporting an electronic ankle monitor. Leslie called wearing the monitor an « incredibly sobering » experience. « Knowing that I can feel that weight on my leg every day is a very nice constant reminder for me as an actress, » she says.
On the bright side for Maia, however, « there is a strengthening to her, » Leslie explains. « It’s given way to a hardening of sorts and we see that reflected in her body language. »
Cush Jumbo, whose character Lucca Quinn serves as Maia’s attorney, is also excited to see what’s to come for Maia as she emerges from the shadow of the scandal. « The storyline of Maia being dragged into her parents’ scandal is going to be wrapped up in a really brilliant way which I think is going to enable us to start to see her as her own person and not just an extended version of her family, » Jumbo says.
Robert promises « no one will be disappointed or left hanging » when it comes to the Rindell family saga, « but we also were aware of wanting other stories to dominate too so you’ll see it answered in what we think is a very satisfying way. It will not be dramatically thrown aside. It is there, it’s part of Maia’s makeup. »
You can read the whole article which also includes interviews from Cush Jumbo, Christine Baranski and the creators of the show here.
As you may know, The Good Fight Season 1 has been released on DVD a few weeks ago on November 13th. On it you can find the 10 episodes of the first’s season but also a fun gag reel and a few deleted scenes which I’m sharing with you today ! I have put together the deleted scenes involving Rose as well as the whole gag reel in two videos which you can watch below :
Screencaptures have also been added to the gallery. I hope you’ll enjoy !
As you may know, Rose is currently filming the second season of ‘The Good Fight’ in NYC and The Hollywood Reporter was able to spend a day on set ! Today they shared some amazing pictures taken of the cast and crew at work as well as a few words from the actors. You can find the scans from The Hollywood Reporter Awards Special 3 November Issue as well as some of the pictures taken by photographer Roger Kisby in the gallery below:
The Good Fight is currently airing in Australia on SBS and a new interview of Rose was released in The Chronicle to promote the show there. I have added the scans to the gallery and you can read the interview below :
THE CHRONICLE – While her real-life partner battles White Walkers on Game of Thrones, Rose Leslie is taking up the good fight in the courtroom. The Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones star, famous for her line ‘You know nothing Jon Snow’, joins the returning cast of The Good Wife in the new spin-off The Good Fight.
Picking up one year after the events of the final episode of The Good Wife, a financial scam has destroyed the reputation of young lawyer Maia Rindell (Rose), while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) savings.
« I was aware, certainly, of The Good Wife, » Rose tells The Guide. « It had been on for seven years. I came quite late to the party, but girlfriends of mine had been speaking about it for a while. I was really excited (about The Good Fight), mainly because it meant I could work with Christine, and because it’s a very familiar universe where we get to create new characters. »
In the show’s first episode, which premiered last night, Maia is navigating her first day as a lawyer at Christine’s law firm when her father is arrested. As the news of his investment fund’s crash and alleged fraud hits the news, it turns Maia’s world upside down. « When we first meet her she’s fighting to stay sane, » Rose says. « The name Rindell used to bring with it so much respect and clout; it’s all she’s ever known. Then to have this enormous turnaround and for it to be tarnished and disgraced is such a mortifying experience.
« That jarring reality of suddenly you wake up and your world is no longer what you’ve known for 26 years was one thing that piqued my interest when I read the pilot. It’s a fantastic premise. » Both she and Diane must forge new futures for themselves if they are going to weather the storm. « Maia has to dig deeper than she ever has within herself, and the passion she has for the law is possibly the last resort she has to hold her head up high, » she says.
« There’s a strong desire to carve her own way in the world… and a determination in this young woman that I was very much drawn to.
« There’s a resilience within her that builds up by the end of the first season.
« I had always wanted to work with the Kings (writers Robert and Michelle King). They are incredible at writing court dramas and they write so vividly. They make sure their characters are flawed and imperfect. » (source)
But Rose Leslie’s gripping turn in The Good Fight, a sassy and slightly edgier spin-off of the Emmy award- winning series The Good Wife, will see the Scottish- born, London-based actress well and truly step out of her famous boyfriend’s shadow.
The 30-year-old portrays Maia Rindell, the daughter of a well-known billionaire couple who also happens to be Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) goddaughter.
The 10-part series picks up a year on from where The Good Wife finished, with Diane eyeing a cushy retirement — until she becomes entwined in a financial scandal involving the Rindells.
With her retirement dreams up in flames, Diane’s reputation, as well as her financial status, is in ruins.
Fresh-faced law graduate Maia, who had been offered an internship at Diane’s firm, is thrust into the public spotlight and struggles to come to grips with her predicament as a result of her family’s tarnished name.
Growing up at Lickleyhead Castle in Aberdeenshire, Leslie also hails from a well-to-do family — her mother is a descendant of King Charles II while her father is the chieftain of Clan Leslie — but, much like her character, she remains incredibly grounded.
“That’s what piqued my interest,” explains Leslie, whose acting credits include Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.
“Being aware of her background and being told that she is a daughter of billionaires prior to filming the pilot, I was surprised and also impressed by the idea that she wasn’t entitled and that she has this strong desire to prove her worth.
“She is determined . . . to make sure that she carves her own path in this world, and then of course before any of that can happen, her father is caught in this horrendous scandal.
“I loved the idea of being staged as a stable woman and then for that to be turned on its head and have the relationship with her parents begin to crumble . . . and also to test her financially, professionally and mentally. That was also something I enjoyed grappling with.”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Much like how viewers met Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) at her lowest point in the series premiere of The Good Wife, viewers were first introduced to Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) just as her world was falling apart.
A bright law student who had just passed the bar and received a job offer at a large Chicago firm, Maia seemed to have the world at her fingertips, that is, until it came to light that her father (Paul Guilfoyle) had orchestrated an elaborate Ponzi scheme that robbed hundreds of thousands — including her godmother and mentor Diane (Christine Baranski) — of their life savings. Not exactly the best way to enter the working world.
However, Maia followed Diane to her new firm and slowly but surely built a solid reputation as a young but smart lawyer, even as she juggled the many stresses of her family’s scandal. At the end of the first season, Maia’s world appeared to come crashing down again when she was arrested for helping cover up the Ponzi scheme on the heels of her father skipping town.
After a turbulent first season for her alter-ego, THR jumped on the phone with Leslie to discuss how she channeled her own nerves for Maia’s big breakdown, how those flashbacks in the penultimate episode informed her portrayal and the « more resilient » Maia to come in season two.
Going back to the very beginning, how did you hear first hear about the role? How was the character of Maia first described to you?
It was a relatively quick turnaround from learning about a character and hopping onto a plane to New York a week later for the next five months. On the phone to [creators and showrunners Robert and Michelle King] and also Brooke Kennedy and some other producers, they were describing the role to me — obviously being a fan of The Good Wife — and very much assured me that we are within the same universe and now it’s with different characters and their own situations. As a result, they determined that Maia was somebody who was tarnished due to her father’s behavior with the revelation of her father’s scam. As a result, she would be forced to mentally and professionally struggle to stay afloat, as well as financially.
Learning more about Maia, and knowing what brilliant writers the Kings are, they fully delivered in terms of creating a rounded character with vulnerability in all the right ways. Often when playing a woman in a law firm, there is a temptation to be incredibly strong-willed and domineering and I thought that it was rather interesting to approach this new character as rather wounded and a real representation of someone… Because in my mind, with the character, what would you humanly do if this were to happen to you? You would put up all your barriers in every single aspect of your life and I feel there’s a lot of self-preservation with Maia and I felt that was true in their writing of her. She doesn’t scare easily, but the wind is knocked out of her after the current events with her father. Continue reading ‘The Good Fight’ Star Talks Relinquishing Control and a « Tougher » Maia in Season 2