‘The Good Fight,’ ‘Murphy Brown,’ ‘Good Trouble’ Allow Actresses to Revisit Roles

Variety | 5/30/2019 | Whitney Friedlander
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Television’s full commitment to the reboot-revival-remake-repackaging way of life means that audiences have the chance to spend even more time with their favorite characters.

Actresses from Candice Bergen (CBS’ “Murphy Brown”) to Sara Gilbert (ABC’s “The Conners”) to Christine Baranski (CBS All Access’s “The Good Fight”) have had the opportunity to step back into roles originally created for one show and one time, in another one. And the experience of playing the same role for so long or returning to it after a prolonged absence can result in some interesting opportunities for the actresses who embody them.

Starters - Moves - Rungs - Call - Sheets

For starters, these moves often come with jumping up a few rungs on the call sheets. Gilbert and Baranski both went from stealing scenes as supporting actresses on original series “Roseanne” and “The Good Wife,” respectively, to being bumped up to lead in their new shows. But it also gave them opportunities to find new facets of the characters. Baranski, in particular, has been excited to continue to explore how articulate Diane Lockhart is and that she and her character get to share the same “gutsy laugh.”

“I’m always surprised and delighted by her resiliency,” Baranski says of her character, who started the sequel reeling both from the shock of President Trump’s election and from suddenly finding herself swindled and penniless, forced to join a new law firm instead of enjoying a beach-side retirement.

Women - Role - Model - Example - Kind

“I’d like to think that she inspires other women. [Although] she’s certainly not written to be some great feminist role model, she’s an example of a kind of a woman who is emerging as a very cool woman to be. She has professional experience, a great education, is politically active and is maybe well over the age of 40. If you think about it, we have women running for Congress now and running...
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