The Good Wife often featured storylines adapted from real-life headlines, and its spinoff, The Good Fight, continues that trend.
“What is always fun is to try to mimic what’s going on at the same time,” co-creator and co-showrunner Robert King told ET exclusively during a sit-down interview at CBS’ Television Critics Association press day on Monday.
“The first episode starts with the Trump inauguration,” he said. “That hasn’t happened yet, that’s 10 days away, we just know that it will. So as many times as you can anticipate where the world was heading.”
King revealed that they had originally planned for episode two of The Good Fight to center on the controversy surrounding rape allegations leveled against Birth of a Nation director and star Nate Parker in 1999 that resurfaced in 2016 amid the film’s Oscar campaign.
“The second episode was going to be, for example, about the Nate Parker situation with Birth of a Nation,” King said.
“Part of the reason it was going to be, we knew the Academy Awards was going to be hitting right around when we were going to show the second episode," King shared. "Why we backed off is it didn’t feel like that issue played itself out in a way that would still be current in February. It just felt, because of the reaction to the movie, that the story sort of died away.”
Parker was acquitted by a jury in 2001, while Celestin was found guilty and sentenced to six months in prison. The verdict was appealed and a new trial was granted in 2005. However, the woman declined to testify again and the case never made it back to court.
The Good Fight premieres Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and CBS All Access.