‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff To Be Subscription-Only, And How The Show Played An Unexpected Role In Canadian Security [Spoilers]

The Good Wife, the popular drama series on CBS, recently concluded its Season 7 in May. Now, the producers of The Good Wife are set to produce its spinoff, whose plot is set one year after the events that occurred at the close of the last season.

Warning: There are spoilers ahead!

The season ended by showing Alicia receiving the controversial slap from Diane Lockhart that proved to be an unexpected way to close the show. Earlier, Alicia had humiliated Diane and her husband in court when her ally Lucca revealed that Kurt was accused of infidelity.

Despite going through romantic highs and lows in her life, Alicia ended up being alone in the end, much to the disappointment of The Good Wife’s fans who had hoped that the star of the show would eventually find peace and happiness.

Despite the unexpected ending, Michelle and Robert King, the show’s creators, promised to provide a satisfactory conclusion in the upcoming spinoff that will be broadcast in the spring of 2017. According to Movie News Guide, the creators feel that they couldn’t have ended The Good Wife in a better way, and Alicia’s story has been appropriately completed.

Although Julianna Margulies will not be featuring in the spinoff, Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo will reprise their roles as Diane Lockhart and Lucca Quinn. Additionally, Phil Alden Robinson, the director of the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, will be directing the spinoff. Instead of being broadcast on the CBS television network, the upcoming Good Wife spinoff will be streamed live through CBS All Access. Subscribers who wish to view the series on demand will need to subscribe to the service.

The Good Wife was such a hit series that it also had its impact on the Canadian Communications Security (CSE), the electronic spy service whose primary function is to monitor terrorists and foreign agents. According to the Star, the authorities at the CSE were impressed when their organization was mentioned on The Good Wife.

The Canadian spy service featured in an episode that showed Alicia Florrick and Lucca Quinn coordinating with its officers to save a whistleblower from the U.S. National Security Agency.

One project officer in particular at the CSE was very proud that his organization was mentioned in the hit television series. The Canadian Press exercised their rights under the Access to Information Act to obtain a piece of internal mail of the CSE in which the project officer appreciated the mentioning of the organization in The Good Wife. In fact, the mail referred to a specific meeting in which authorities called to promote the CSE through programs like The Good Wife. According to CTV News, the project officer, whose identity has not revealed for security reasons, wrote about how excited he was to see his organization being promoted through the hit series.

“At our meeting last week we were talking about how nice it would be for TV shows to mention CSE… well… last night I was watching a show that I never watch, The Good Wife, and CSE was mentioned about 2-3 times.”

The project officer’s comments corroborated the CSE’s view that it is essential to educate the public about the vital role that it plays in the Canadian security system. In the opinion of Ryan Foreman, a CSE spokesperson, promotion of the CSE through popular television programs like The Good Wife helps to build awareness regarding the important work carried out by the organization to protect the rights of Canadians.

Additionally, like any top organization, the CSE strives to recruit the best and brightest Canadians to join its unique and talented employees. The CSE authorities consider The Good Wife to be an effective channel to project itself as a prestigious organization. The organization hopes that promotions on shows with an international reach, like The Good Wife, will help increase the number and quality of applications from enthusiastic and suitable applicants.

In recent years, the CSE came into the spotlight when Edward Snowden, a former U.S. spy contractor, leaked information regarding NSA surveillance and CSE operations.

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