February 22, 2020 at 5:48 pm #1203356969
Michael J. Fox’s name-checking has always been on another level though. He is the only part of The Good Wife that was nominated every single time that he was submitted. I cannot believe that we have yet another litmus test of whether The Good Fight can ever get an acting nomination.March 18, 2020 at 12:22 pm #1203385959
I really hope this show still premieres in early April as planned. I know they haven’t finished filming on this season, but I hope CBS All Access decides to still release the episodes that have already been completed/filmed.
Wish I knew how far along they were before the production shutdown.March 18, 2020 at 1:01 pm #1203386024
Based on some Instagram sleuthing, it looks like they went back into production about four months ago. I’m sure they’re not shooting an episode per week, but I’d imagine they were close to finishing. I agree that based on the uncertainty of the situation it would be wise to air what they have already in the can on their established weekly basis and pick up production whenever they can. I’d imagine holding off would only cause more issues with Baranski and others moving onto their off-season projects if production ramps back up by then.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 18, 2020 at 3:41 pm #1203386120
They filmed 8 out of 10 episodes before shutting down.March 18, 2020 at 9:54 pm #1203386432
Thank you both! Just tracked down the TVLine gallery with the info. I’d like to see them air the eight this season and produce 12 the next, but that might not be feasible or most advantageous story-wise.
We’re three weeks out from the premiere with no official trailer or ad campaign either, so… perhaps not a good sign.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 31, 2020 at 1:01 pm #1203403345
I read on TVLine that they might only air the first half of the episodes and I’m wondering how that might affect the show’s Emmy prospects (limited as they are, I know). 5 episodes isn’t enough to qualify in the series categories, right? And if the hanging episodes don’t air until the show goes back into production, we might not see the back-half until the next Emmy cycle, which would mean those 5 episodes wouldn’t be eligible either. It would be too bad if the whole fourth season misses Emmy contention, unless the rules change in light of the circumstances facing many shows. It probably wouldn’t cost the show any nominations anyway, but you never know if they could sneak Michael J. Fox or John Larroquette in Guest.
Formerly known as PianoMann.March 31, 2020 at 1:38 pm #1203403467
The rules are open to interpretation. The academy could define this batch as a set of orphaned episodes like The Handmaid’s Tale last year or they could just call it a shortened season of an existing series and thus eligible to content across all normal categories.March 31, 2020 at 1:58 pm #1203403564
Thanks, Riley! Knew I could count on you for this.
Formerly known as PianoMann.April 9, 2020 at 6:17 am #1203417331
Tonight returns and I barely found two reviews (positive).
Why this little gem is so off the radar?
Do you know how many episodes they filmed before COVID? They probably should have moved it to the fall…April 9, 2020 at 6:35 am #1203417342
Well, the rollout of marketing for season four (and frankly, the release date itself) was a nightmare. They waited until the very last minute for a trailer and poster. This is a very late release, the past two years have been in March.
However, the premiere from today was outstanding. The Good Fight came back with a bang — I loved the premiere. It’s probably one of the top 5 best Diane-centric episodes ever, but I can see it being controversial and divisive. It’s very high concept like “Mind’s Eye” from Wife, with the political spin of Fight season 3.
They made me hate the cliffhanger from season 3 a lot less with how they resolved it. The script is flawless; Brooke Kennedy’s directing, which is usually hit or miss, is perfectly on key; and it’s one of Christine Baranski’s very best acting showcases from all 11 seasons.
“The Gang Deals with an Alternate Reality” is clever, poignant, and funny. It’s hard to imagine they will be able to top this in the rest of season four. It reminds me of the type of outstanding quality they achieved in the pilot, “Inauguration.”
Twitter: @rcs818April 9, 2020 at 8:46 am #1203417554
Yeah the roll-out this time around was pretty late and sloppy, I think probably exacerbated by questions of how they would handle COVID. They filmed eight episodes, but some sites have reported that they might only air five. I believe reviews of the new season were embargoed until this Monday, but that doesn’t explain why nobody’s covered it. I’ve seen praise from critics like Emily Nussbaum and Jackson McHenry on Twitter though…
Anyway, here’s the episode info for the season premiere.
Episode: The Gang Deals with Alternate Reality
Synopsis: Diane finds herself living in an alternate reality where Donald Trump was never elected and Hillary Clinton is the current President of the United States. Though Diane is overjoyed, she begins to see the unexpected consequences.
Formerly known as PianoMann.April 9, 2020 at 11:35 am #1203417840
Wow! Excellent premiere. As much as the Emmys will ignore this series, this episode (which can stand on its own) should be submitted for consideration for Writing in a Drama Series. It was both hilarious and thought-provoking. I usually don’t like “dream” episodes like this that don’t necessarily move the story forward in a series, however, I’m glad they ultimately tied what was happening back in with how Season 3 ended.
I about came close to crying when they were implying that Kurt was dead. That would have been a real game-changer, but I’m glad he’s sticking around.
End Spoiler Alert.
I burst out in laughter at the Obama/Netflix joke. For a drama, this is one of the funniest series on television.
This episode was the Christine Baranski show from start to finish. She never ceases to amaze me with her talent. With the shortened season (potentially only 5 episodes), at least she has a competitive Emmy tape already in the bag with this first episode (once again, not that the Emmys will notice).
I really hope that voters at home during this time take advantage of CBS All Access’s free month (or is it 2 free months?) promotion and check out one of the best series on television/streaming!
Can’t wait to see how the rest of the season turns out, as well as the return of David Lee (Zach Grenier) and Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox)!!
Episode Grade: AApril 9, 2020 at 1:58 pm #1203418103
Strong reviews are starting to emerge for the “bold,” “absurdist” and “brilliantly looney” season premiere. I haven’t watched it yet, so I haven’t read these to stave off spoilers, but glad to see at least the ledes of these articles are particularly good.
Formerly known as PianoMann.April 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm #1203418113
If Baranski could not break the field in 2018, for her stunning season 2 work, or last year with much smaller competition, it’s impossible this year with such a crowded category and not even the entire season airing.
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