CBS continues to gamble with its All Access digital subscription video on-demand and live-streaming service. Currently, members have the ability to view more than 8,500 episodes of both past and current CBS shows, while gearing up for brand new series' as well including The Good Fight (the spin-off of the award-winning The Good Wife) and Star Trek: Discovery.
Christine Baranski reprises her role as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight, which begins one year after the end of The Good Wife. In a new trailer for the show, Lockhart says, "Practicing the law, you don't go on instinct; you wait, you listen and watch. Eventually everyone reveals themselves." The Good Fight also welcomes back Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn and features new character, Maia Sindell, who is Diane's goddaughter played by Game of Throne's Maia Sindell. Maia is a young lawyer whose reputation is ruined when it is discovered that she was involved with a large financial scam. She also has a girlfriend played by Helene Yorke. The Good Fight begins on February 19, 2017, on CBS. Then, new episodes will become available weekly on CBS All Access only.
Meanwhile, Star Trek: Discovery has announced some of the cast members of the new series that will premiere in May of next year. Doug Jones will play Lt. Saru, who is a Starfleet science officer. He is also a new alien species to join the franchise. Michelle Yeoh plays Captain Georigiou, the Starfleet captain and Anthony Rapp plays Lt. Staments, who has the distinction of being a astromycologist, fungus expert, and science officer. Also joining the show is Chris Obi (T'Kuvma, a Klingon leader), Shaza Latif (Kol, commanding officer of the Klingons) and Mary Cheffo (L'Rell, the battle deck commander of the Klingon ship).
Like The Good Fight, Star Trek: Discovery will also premiere on CBS first before becoming an exclusive show for All Access. It is set to premiere sometime in May, but the show has faced some set backs and could be pushed further if needed.
Finally, on December 4, NFL on CBS was included on All Access.
"We are very pleased that our partnership with the NFL has been expanded to include CBS All Access," said Leslie Moonves, chairman and chief executive officer of the CBS Corporation. "Adding the most watched programming on television, to the most watched network on television, will be a powerful combination as we continue to grow CBS All Access into the future."
"Bringing the NFL to CBS All Access is a very significant step in our digital strategy and provides additional value to our subscribers," said Marc DeBevoise, president and chief operating officer of CBS Interactive. "We look forward to a terrific 2017 for CBS All Access with the NFL and the launch of our new original programming."
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Still in its infancy, it is too soon to tell if CBS All Access will be a real money-maker for the network. To date, the only true new programming on the network has been the launch of Big Brother: Over the Top series. Though the new network gives access to a variety of old and new CBS shows, most of them can already be seen on other services like Hulu and Amazon Prime. All Access isn't free either. Currently, the subscription for the service is $5.99 a month, which includes commercials and has created some bad press. Evan Saathoff, writer for Birth Movies Death recently said, "The only other show I can imagine watching on the service is more Star Trek. It's already kind of a high price for just one show." A new subscription option has been added for $9.99 a month which features no commercials.
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