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You'll have to pay to see Baranski reprise her "Good Wife" role; Safer special is must-see TV


This is what I’m thinking:

If you would pay to see Western New York native Christine Baranski continue her role as Diane Lockhart in CBS’ “The Good Wife,” then I have some good news for you.

CBS announced this week that Baranski will star in a spinoff of the popular program and that it will be available on its subscription streaming service CBS All Access.

According to published reports, the new show will debut about a year from now and will be set a year after Diane slapped Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) in the final scene for revealing a painful detail that jeopardized Diane’s marriage.

Cush Jumbo, who played one of my favorite characters last season, Alicia’s friend Lucca Quinn last season, also is on board. I bet many viewers didn't realize she is a British actress because she played Lucca without any accent.

CBS All Access cost $5.99 a month when it launched.

The late CBS newsman Morley Safer was called “arguably the most gifted storyteller on television” during his national news obituary Thursday. He died less than a week after his retirement was announced at the age of 84.

And the man who called him that, Harry Smith, was reporting for the rival “NBC Nightly News.” Now that’s respect.

Safer’s death came four days after a terrific hour-long program Sunday on the Toronto native’s 46 years on “60 Minutes” and his earlier days as a war correspondent. It had a very strong 10.1 live rating on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. If you missed it, I suggest you find it On Demand. On my cable On Demand channel, it is labeled 5-15b under “60 Minutes” in the CBS offerings.

The report, which was the basis for Steve Kroft’s obituary Thursday on the CBS Evening News, detailed Safer’s prize-winning reporting from Vietnam, his complicated relationship with the late Mike Wallace, and his amusing interviews with actresses Katharine Hepburn and Helen Mirren. The Mirren interview was my favorite in the program, though it was understandably cut for the CBS obit because a clip of the content would have been tough to put in context.

As much as I loved Safer’s writing, it was his unique voice, delivery and laugh that helped sell many of his stories.

“Scandal” writer-creator Shonda Rhimes and star Kerry Washington sure can keep a secret.

A week ago on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” -- on a night in which the Goo Goo Dolls performed and Rob Gronkonski also was a guest -- Kimmel asked Rhimes and Washington how they would film next season now that Washington is pregnant. Kimmel also showed some of the laughable ways the film crew hid Washington’s body during a previous pregnancy.

It turns out it shouldn’t be a problem this time around. ABC announced this week that “Scandal” isn’t on the fall schedule. It will return at mid-season.

A reminder: “A Mother’s Revenge,” which was shot in Western New York, will be replayed at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Lifetime Movie Network (LMN, channel 630 on local cable). It is awful, but it is fun seeing all of the WNY sites where it was filmed.

Which reminds me: One of the first things that Charter Communications should do here now that it has taken over Time Warner Cable is fix the DVR settings. I lost the last minute of “A Mother’s Revenge” when it first aired and often miss the final minutes of other programs because the DVR clock is off. Since initially writing about that, I’ve been told by several other cable subscribers that it has happened to them, too.

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