The Good Wife has proven itself a consistent winner for CBS since it premiered in 2009, and now it appears that its creators, Robert and Michelle King, have parlayed that show’s success into a new deal with Showtime.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy-nominated Kings have inked a deal with the network to develop the tentatively titled Girls with Guns. Just as The Good Wife is a female-led law drama, this new series will be an hour-long military drama focused on two sisters who move to Israel, where women are included in the draft.
Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and David W. Zucker (Numb3rs) – both of whom serve as producers for The Good Wife – will continue in that role on Girls with Guns. The Kings will write the project as part of the three-year deal they secured with CBS Television Studios earlier this year.
Bringing on established talent like the Kings is a no-brainer for Showtime, which will likely see the end of its flagship series Dexter within the next couple of seasons. In just the last few months, the network has scooped up a number of high profile projects in an effort to combat the impending end of series like Weeds and The Big C.The network is clearly looking for a new series to take up the mantle and keep subscribers tuning in beyond that point, and these new acquisitions include Jodie Foster’s mob drama Angie’s Body, Michael Sheen’s Masters of Sex, Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan and Guide to Divorce from Marti Noxon (best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
Whether or not Girls with Guns (or whatever it ends up being called) is the hit that Showtime is looking for, the network’s determination to find its next big thing will certainly yield lots of interesting shows, giving some of Hollywood’s top talent the chance to bring their visions to life.
In the meantime, The Good Wife – and star Julianna Margulies – returns September 30th for its fourth season on CBS.