“The Fantastic Fight” stars Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald were United by series creators Robert and Michelle King for a Digital panel for Its ATX Television Festival to discuss the upcoming fifth season of the spin-off of”The Good Wife”.
As in previous seasons, the storylines will reveal real current events; provided the utter madness of 2020, fans can expect to find an extra-bonkers season, such as the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“I do think this year is affected by January 6 over anything else,” said Robert King, as mentioned by Deadline,” the sense that the nation is broken up a little, and is there a way to bring it together?”
Also reflected in the new season will the murder of George Floyd by former police officer Derek Chauvin and America facing countless years of systemic racism.
“What I always say concerning the Kings is that they always step up to the line…and say,’ That is what’s happening’ and shine a light on it,” said McDonald. “They’re not afraid to get messy, and that’s what happens this year: It gets messy.”
Also part of the board were fresh additions to the throw Mandy Patinkin and Charmaine Bingwa.
“I’m learning about this man every minute of each day,” explained Patinkin of his personality, exceptionally unorthodox judge Hal Wacker. “I believe we are all learning .”
Bingwa also shared some details about her character, rookie attorney Carmen Moyo, who’s just joined the firm.
“Carmen is out of a tough part of town. I feel as she didn’t have an immediate route through Ivy League colleges to her livelihood and grew up around people oppressed by the machine, therefore early on, she made the choice to make the system work for her,” she explained. “My favorite method of thinking about her is, she is frequently playing chess while others are playing checkers. She’s inconsistent and certainly an underdog.”
Meanwhile, the series’ creators also believed it was important to cover the pandemic at the start of the season.
“We understood before we could start at any story, we had to understand, what did they live through in this past year?” Said Michelle King. “You understand, this pandemic year was so difficult for everybody. What was it like for Liz and Diane and everyone else? We wanted to do this in one episode to catch us up.”
The fifth season of”The fantastic Fight” premieres July 1 on W Network.