Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

When the creative team behind The Good Wife and The Good Fight tackle a mystery-based drama about hauntings, miracles, and spiritual possession, you know it's gonna be scary good. Also scary smart, scary engrossing—and maybe just a little funny, too.

Meet the resident good guys Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandvi of CBS' drama series Evil, who took a break from the dark side to glam up for a Watch cover shoot. Photographers Williams + Hirakawa captured the chic cast members at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, and the photos are so good, we guarantee you won't be able to look away.

Click through to see all the gorgeous photographs of the Evil cast!

Evil returns for Season 2. Catch up now on CBS All Access.

Katja Herbers straddles the lines

Actress Katja Herbers reclines while wearing a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Cast member Aasif Mandvi describes Katja Herbers' forensic psychologist character Kristen Bouchard as "interestingly caught in the middle, because she's naturally a skeptic but also leans toward, Could it be true? Could some things be true?"

Mike Colter explores the uncharted

Actor Mike Colter wearing a white tee and a necklace.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"My character," says Mike Colter, Evil's almost-priest David Acosta, "is on the journey of a priest. He's supposed to be—chaste and sort of changing."

Aasif Mandvi takes time to reflect

Actor Aasif Mandvi wears a beige linen suit while standing in a swimming pool.

Suit and shirt by Todd Snyder. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"One of the realities you realize as you get older in this business is that it's all up and down," Aasif Mandvi tells Watch in the September-October 2019 issue. "That's how this business goes, so you can't take yourself too seriously at any moment."

Katja Herbers opens new doors

Actress Katja Herbers stands in a doorway wearing a green patterned dress.

Dress by Dolce & Gabbana.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"[Evil's creators] were looking for someone who can do some drama," Katja Herbers tells Watch! in the September-October 2019 issue, "but also has a lightness, has a bit of a twinkle sometimes, can bring some fun to this darkness."

Mike Colter keeps things cool

Actor Mike Colter of the CBS show Evil grimaces as water pours over him in a jungle setting.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"Will we gloat when we're right?" Mike Colter asks in reference to Acosta's and Bouchard's differing stances. "I don't know, but we have these moments where it's a healthy debate. And perhaps that's our flirtation, perhaps that's our relationship."

Katja Herbers hits new heights

Actress Katja Herbers posing while wearing a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I am quite a scaredy-cat myself, so it frightened me to read her story at first and to envision it a little bit," says Katja Herbers of her Evil alter ego Kristen Bouchard.

Good cast chemistry

Actors Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi, and Mike Colter of the show Evil poses on the top of a hotel.

On Mandvi: Suit, shirt, and tie by Hugo Boss. Sneakers by Vince. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Watch by Omega. Ring, Mandvi's own. On Colter: Tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and sunglasses by Tom Ford. Shoes by Barneys New York. On Herbers: Dress by Markarian. Shoes by Ruthie Davis. Sunglasses by Garrett Leight. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"We get each other," says Mike Colter regarding his relationship with costars Katja Herbers and Aasif Mandvi. "And I feel like the characters can go any way we want them to go."

Mike Colter's many talents sparkle

Actor Mike Colter swims fully clothed in a swimming pool.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Before he was cast as David Acosta in CBS' new drama series Evil, Mike Colter achieved cult-star status for his titular role in the Marvel TV series Luke Cage.

Aasif Mandvi stays afloat

Actor Aasif Mandvi reclines on a floating pool mattress in a swimming pool.

Suit and shirt by Todd Snyder. Sneakers by Vince. Watch by Omega. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Ring, Mandvi's own.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I was raised in an Indian Muslim family, and it was very common for my grandparents to talk about ghosts, and demons, spirits, things like that," shares Aasif Mandvi tells Watch! in the September-October 2019 issue. "It was just the tapestry of how they grew up and what they believed."

Katja Herbers is a funny girl

Actress Katja Herbers smiles and wears a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I think [Evil's creators] were interested in my comedy work, because I come from comedy in Holland," says Katja Herbers, who cites Julia Louis-Dreyfus as one of her favorite actors.

Aasif Mandvi knows good humor

Actor Aasif Mandvi and Actor Mike Colter of the show Evil smile together.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Many Evil viewers will recognize Aasif Mandvi as a former The Daily Show fixture, where his satirical sketches such as "Paging Dr. Mandvi" left a lasting comedic mark.

Katja Herbers plays to win

Actress Katja Herbers sits on a boardwalk coyly tossing playing cards.

Top by Cami NYC. Pants by Saint Laurent. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Though psychologist Kristen Bouchard flirts with danger and takes risks, Katja Herbers tells Watch! that her alter ego isn't totally reckless: "If somebody's threatening her, she could just give them something back, throw them off their game. She's not easily intimidated. Maybe underneath, but she's never gonna show it."

These co-stars have three times the charm

The cast of the CBS show Evil pose together on a rooftop dressed to the nines.

On Mandvi: Suit, shirt, and tie by Hugo Boss. Sneakers by Vince. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Watch by Omega. Ring, Mandvi's own. On Colter: Tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and sunglasses by Tom Ford. Shoes by Barneys New York. On Herbers: Dress by Markarian. Shoes by Ruthie Davis. Sunglasses by Garrett Leight. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"There's a cohesion that's happened because we're working together," says Aasif Mandvi his Evil castmates. "But I feel like we're also the kind of people that all get along organically."

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2019.

Evil returns for Season 2. Catch up now on CBS All Access.


Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft/CBS.

By Nate Millado

When it comes to award-worthy shows and performances, it's been an embarrassment of riches in the age of Peak TV. But when the Television Academy announces its Emmy nominations on July 28—yes, the show will go on in September—fingers crossed we hear these 10 names among the nods. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some made us laugh until we cried.

The Good Fight For Outstanding Drama Series + Christine Baranski For Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Christine Baranski in a red pantsuit standing against a red backdrop

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight.

Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft/CBS.

From Season 4's opening what-if standalone—which reimagined a world where Hillary Clinton became president—to the season-ending Jeffrey Epstein episode (with a ballsy final shot), TV's best drama continues to shock and awe. Christine Baranski was nominated six times in a row for playing Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife—but never won. It's time for the Academy to let justice be served.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Evil's Mike Colter For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Mike Colter as David Acosta on Evil

Mike Colter as David Acosta in Evil.

Photo Credit: Gail Schulman/CBS.

Demonic possessions and hauntings could be a hard sell for some, but Mike Colter somehow grounds this supernatural procedural with his nuanced performance as a priest in training. His talent is on full display in the episode "Room 320," where Colter conveys fear and desperation at the hands of Nurse Plague—all from the confines of a hospital gurney.

Stream full episodes of Evil on CBS All Access.

Schitt’s Creek For Outstanding Comedy Series

The cast of Schitts Creek sitting at a booth eating in a diner

Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek.

Photo Credit: 2020 Pop Media Group LLC

The riches-to-rags cult comedy, from and starring father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, single-handedly put Pop TV on the map, but became a pop cultural phenomenon thanks to Schittheads—aka diehard fans such as Jennifer Lawrence and Mariah Carey—discovering it on streaming. Of course, it helps to have improv legends like the elder Levy and Catherine O'Hara among the cast, plus the younger Levy's GIF-worthy catchphrases ("Very uninterested in that opinion") all over social media.

As difficult as series finales can be, dare we say that Schitt's Creek stuck its landing with a hilarious yet heartfelt sendoff?

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

One Day At A Time's Rita Moreno For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Rita Moreno as Lydia on One Day at a Time

Rita Moreno makes one of Lydia's famous entrances in One Day At A Time.

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The EGOT-winning living legend deserves an Emmy for Lydia's theatrical entrances alone ("I came out of the womb wearing stilettos!") As the sassy, sexy matriarch of a Cuban-American family, Rita Moreno accents abuelita's every line on One Day At A Time with dramatic flair.

Watch Season 4 of One Day At A Time on Pop TV and stream via the Pop Now App.

Black Monday's Regina Hall For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Regina Hall in a green and blue colorblocked blazer in Black Monday

Regina Hall as Dawn in Black Monday.

Photo Credit: Nicole Wilder/SHOWTIME.

Dawn Towner, one of the few female traders in male-dominated 1980s Wall Street, is both one of the guys and in a league of her own. Regina Hall handles rapid-fire repartee and absurdist humor with aplomb, all while rocking the era's outlandish hair and shoulder pads. She truly paints a complete picture: Dawn is unapologetically zany, ambitious, and sensitive.

Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Bob ♥️ Abishola For Outstanding Comedy Series

Folake Olowofoyeku leaning on Billy Gardell in Bob Hearts Abishola

Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell in Bob ♥️ Abishola.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

Sure, we all ♥️ Bob (Billy Gardell) and Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), but Chuck Lorre's groundbreaking sitcom centering on a Nigerian family boasts TV's best supporting cast of scene-stealers: Christine Ebersole as Bob's offensively funny mother, Dottie; Vernee Watson as no-nonsense nurse Gloria; Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley as Abishola's super-protective auntie and uncle; Matt Jones and Maribeth Monroe as Bob's siblings, and co-creator Gina Yashere as Abishola's blunt bestie, Kemi,

Transcending stereotypical tropes, Bob ♥️ Abishola shines a light on the hardworking immigrant experience.

Stream full episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on CBS All Access.

Mom's Kristen Johnston For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Kristen Johnston in a plaid shirt on Mom

Kristen Johnston stars as Tammy in the CBS series Mom.

Photo Credit: Robert Voets/CBS.

Two-time Emmy winner Kristen Johnston deserves a crack at a third winged trophy as Tammy, an ex-con with a heart of gold. Johnston is a brilliant physical comic who can uppercut you with over-the-top slapstick—but she can also knock you out with an emotional wallop, as evidenced by her scenes with long-lost Aunt Cookie (Kathleen Turner).

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

All Rise's Simone Missick for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Simone Missick holding chopsticks on All Rise

Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael in All Rise.

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/CBS.

The JAs (judicial assistants) call Judge Lola Carmichael a "Lolacoaster" behind her back because "nobody knows where the ride is taking us." The same can be said about Simone Missick, who takes us on a ride every week with her portrayal of Lola: confident, vulnerable, empathetic, and unorthodox.

Watch All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Patrick Stewart as Picard sitting in a chair on Star Trek Picard

Patrick Stewart as Picard in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard.

Photo Credit: Trae Patton/CBS.

Not any actor can slip so seamlessly back into a beloved character, but Patrick Stewart is not just any actor. His early-25th-century Picard may be older and more weathered than his confident Jean-Luc from Star Trek: The Next Generation. But the way this prolific Shakespearean actor imbues Picard with melancholy and regret, and yet with a glimmer of optimism, is more than enough to make viewers "engage."

Star Trek: Picard streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joel Harlow.

By Maria Neuman

Stream full episodes of Evil on CBS All Access.

There are very few people in the world who lament the fact that there's not enough storage in their workspace for a small army of monsters, ghouls, and underworld creatures. In his San Fernando Valley studio, special effects makeup artist Joel Harlow has enough masks and prosthetic paranormal body parts to make anyone else afraid to turn out the lights. Instead, he recently relocated so he could make and store more.

A sculpture of the Hellboy to create foam rubber body suit for the actor

A sculpture of the Hellboy (2019) body, which was used to create a foam rubber body suit worn by star David Harbour.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joel Harlow.

"I moved about four blocks down from my other studio," says Harlow, who is responsible for designing and crafting (along with a small team) all the creeps on Evil. The one-hour drama tags along with a clinical psychologist (Katja Herbers) who, with the help of a priest-in-training (Mike Colter) and a tech-savvy carpenter (Aasif Mandvi), aims to solve a backlog of New York City mysteries with a mix of faith, skepticism, and science. This is where the fun (and creepy creativity) begins for Harlow, as the series delivers a nail-biting stream of supernatural enigmas.

Waiting room of a special effects studio

The lobby of Harlow's first studio space.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joel Harlow.

"Our space is about 3,500 square feet, and we store all the crucial elements of characters that could reoccur," he says. "For instance, on Evil we keep everything mold-related or prosthetic-related, so if a character comes back, we can use all of it."

Another bonus of his new-and-improved studio? The extra space helps his crew keep all the different parts of the effects process separated. "In my old space, you'd have someone grinding plaster next to someone who was doing painting, and that was not ideal. Now each department has its own room." Harlow likens his Morphology FX Inc. to a one-stop shop of sorts, as he's able to offer special effects and straight makeup, as well as provide and supervise a crew.

Makeup and effects artist Joel Harlow creating horror makeup.

Harlow demonstrates the art of horror makeup.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joel Harlow.

One of the most detail-oriented characters Harlow creates for Evil is George, played by Marti Matulis, who is a pro at staying glued into head-to-toe prosthetics for long days of filming. A full-body piece like George takes about two and a half hours to get into. "He has a bodysuit reproduced in foam latex with a spandex undersuit, as well as foam and gusseting so the muscle movement looks correct," says Harlow of the recurring incubus character. The headpiece (or cowl) also covers the shoulders but, unlike the body piece, can be used only once.

Creepy character George from TV show Evil

Creepy character George from Evil.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joel Harlow.

"After we've filmed for the day, we use an oil to get the headpiece off so it's easy on the skin. When the oil touches the mask, it's done." Add to that ear, face, and lip prosthetics combined with teeth, contact lenses, and hair, and it's easy to see why Harlow campaigned for Matulis—with his sheer patience and acting acumen—to get the role. "There's a natural tendency for performers to be uncomfortable. If they're not used to wearing all this gear, they'll feel like they can't work through that."

A studio filled with special effects projects

Harlow designed 56 alien races for Star Trek Beyond.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joel Harlow.

While Harlow has designed and created for everyone from Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise to superheroes in blockbusters such as Logan and Green Lantern, it's the monsters that are his favorite. "It's Frankenstein syndrome," he says with a laugh. "You get to think of a character, design it, build it in your lab, and once you've glued it onto the actor, the monster comes to life!"

A studio artist creating a creepy character

A studio artist creatively sculpts a creature.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joel Harlow.

Harlow first caught the creature bug as a kid in Grand Forks, North Dakota, when he and his dad went to see the original black-and-white King Kong movie, coupled with other scary faves like An American Werewolf in London and The Thing. "Those films redirected me from animation towards makeup and effects," he says of his time at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts. He's also constantly on the lookout for new inspiration, whether it's an interesting face on the street or the work of his peers.

Even in his downtime, Harlow confesses to picking horror over a lighthearted rom-com. "I love all kinds of movies and television, but horror speaks to me," he says. "And Evil has been a dream come true." That extra storage is already coming in handy.


Harlow shares some of his favorite creature creations.

Cast, Star Trek Beyond

"It's hard for me to pull out one in particular from this movie because we had 56 completely different characters to do. We started in Los Angeles and brought everything up to Vancouver."

Star Trek Beyond photo still

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures/Everett Collection.

Bootstrap Bill, Pirates of the Caribbean series

"He's completely encrusted [by sea creatures] and was actually a 250-piece makeup job because the skin was silicone and each barnacle was a separate piece."

Bootstrap Bill from Pirates of the Caribbean

Photo Credit: Buena Vista Pictures/Everett Collection.

Erik Killmonger, Black Panther

"I'm very proud of all the body scarification on Michael B. Jordan's character, as well as a lot of the older members who have the ornamental plates in their lower lips."

Erik Killmonger undergoing special effects and makeup for Black Panther.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joel Harlow.

The Devil, Evil

"It's a goat-headed animatronic character with giant horns, and it required a team of three people just to apply the hair."

The Devil creature from TV show Evil

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Fisher/CBS.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, May-June 2020.

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Photo Credit: Jason Schmidt.

By Chris Nashawaty

Editor's Note: This interview took place in February, before COVID-19 took hold in the United States.

Stream full episodes of The Good Fight and Evil on CBS All Access.

Long before they became the most successful husband-and-wife showrunner team on television, Michelle and Robert King were the keepers of a particularly juicy workplace secret. It was 1983, and Robert, a recent college graduate, had moved to Los Angeles to try and make it as a screenwriter. To finance that dream, he'd taken a minimum-wage job at an athletic footwear store in Brentwood called FrontRunners. It was hardly the most romantic chapter of his life—that is, until the day he found himself working the same shift as a new, part-time employee about to enter her senior year at UCLA.

"We met while we were both restocking the sock wall," says Robert. "Our hands connected across the rows and rows of socks."

Listening to the umpteenth retelling of their unlikely and decidedly un-Hollywood meet-cute, Michelle rolls her eyes and begins to laugh. Robert looks at her and, encouraged by her reaction, continues: "I was doing the lighting on some stage play at the Mormon temple. And I asked you if you wanted to go. Remember?" Michelle nods. How could she forget?

Michelle and Robert King in their production office.

Michelle and Robert King prove that two heads are better than one.

Photo Credit: Jason Schmidt.

Four years later, they were married. That fateful afternoon may have been the first time that the Kings' personal and professional lives overlapped, but it wouldn't be the last. As the powerhouse creators and showrunners behind the acclaimed CBS legal drama The Good Wife and now its CBS All Access spinoff, The Good Fight, as well as the network's demons-and-miracles procedural Evil, the couple has become the rare exception to the rule that people should never be married to their work. "And just for the record," deadpans Michelle, "we don't keep our relationship a secret anymore."

On a chilly winter afternoon at their production office in a nondescript, industrial section of Brooklyn, the Kings seem to be juggling a million different dizzying tasks at once. But if they're spread thin, you'd never guess it from their easy, united-we-stand chemistry. Today, for example, they hit the ground running with a 10 a.m. meeting with The Good Fight's production designers. Then it was straight into the show's writers' room to hash out the last episode of the new season, where they'll spitball ideas until 6 p.m., only occasionally breaking off to put out fires in the editing room.

When asked how they divvy up the assortment of day-to-day responsibilities involved with shepherding multiple hit shows on multiple platforms (the Evil writing team is on hiatus until June, but a third show—SHOWTIME's limited series YOUR HONOR, starring Bryan Cranston—is currently shooting in New Orleans), Michelle says, "There's enough to do that there's no preciousness about who's doing what. Robert tends to take the lead on editorial and rewrites …" Robert picks up her thought like a relay baton: "And Michelle handles casting, legal, wardrobe, and the look of the shows. But we're both equal in the writers' room …" Michelle takes the baton back: "People always ask, 'Who's the good cop and who's the bad cop?' It's not like that. It's more like, 'You can do it? God bless you!'"

TV showrunner Robert King.

"Michelle and I have very different backgrounds." – Robert King

Photo Credit: Jason Schmidt.

Their partnership didn't always work this way. For the first 15 years of their marriage, the Kings kept their work lives separate from their domestic one. Back then, Robert worked as a screenwriter of big-budget features such as 1997's Red Corner and 2000's Vertical Limit, while Michelle worked in development at various studios and production companies. Then, in 2001, they began developing a series at ABC together about the U.S./Mexico border called The Line. The show wasn't picked up, which they admit stung, but their new partnership felt like its own sort of success.

The Kings were surprised not only by how well they worked together, but also by how much they liked working in television. The medium's instant yes-or-no greenlight decision-making was a welcome antidote to the slow, fickle, death-by-a-thousand-cuts world of the movie studios. They continued cranking out pilot scripts, some of which made it to series, like 2006's In Justice. But their biggest success wouldn't come until 2009, when they tapped into the zeitgeist with a series about a political wife whose husband gets embroiled in a tabloid nightmare and is sent to prison.

TV showrunner Michelle King.

"People always ask, 'Who's the good cop and who's the bad cop?' It's not like that." – Michelle King

Photo Credit: Jason Schmidt.

"There were all of these scandals, one right after the other," says Michelle, "Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Mark Sanford, and there were so frequently women standing right next to them. In a number of cases, those women were very accomplished and attorneys. We just looked at those photos and said, 'OK, who is she? And what's she thinking about?'"

The Good Wife would run for seven Emmy-decorated, water-cooler-buzz-worthy seasons, from 2009 to 2016, and in the process become one of the most acclaimed dramatic series in a decade that seemed to have no shortage of acclaimed dramatic series. It was the New Golden Age of TV. And all of a sudden, the Kings were part of a new kind of Hollywood royalty. Just a decade earlier, no one knew what showrunners were or what they did. Now, in the new calculus, they've become the entertainment industrial complex's equivalent of hot celebrity chefs or rock stars. Not that the Kings had any idea of that.

"I was really unaware of it because we were in it," says Michelle, without an ounce of faux humility. "You're just going to the office and doing the work and then you're going home. The first season premiered in September, and then we had a Christmas party, and people from the crew kept coming up to me saying, 'What does it feel like to have a hit on your hands?' I pulled Robert aside and said, 'Do we have a hit?'"

\u200bChristine Baranski in The Good Fight.

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight.

Photo Credit: Patrick Harbron/CBS.

By the time they reached the seventh and final season of The Good Wife, all the Kings knew was that they were exhausted. The grueling, 22-episodes-a-season run had taken its toll. So when their fellow producers and the network asked if they might be interested in running a spinoff, their initial response was tepid. They weren't convinced it was the best idea. After all, for every Frasier, there are a dozen The Tortellis.

The Kings took a three-week vacation to Edinburgh and Amsterdam to recharge and reconsider, and when they returned, they started to take the idea more seriously. The fact that CBS said that the show would be on the CBS All Access streaming network and could be done in a more manageable, 10-episode season certainly helped, as did Christine Baranski's commitment to star. And that's how The Good Fight was born.

While The Good Wife had grappled with the liberal mindset of the Obama era, The Good Fight would end up being just as topical and button-pushing, addressing America in the age of Trump. It doesn't shy away from politics, but it also doesn't seem partisan or didactic. In the pilot, Baranski's hard-charging attorney Diane Lockhart is disgraced and pushed out of her old law firm only to find a new sense of mission by joining Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad—a prestigious African American–run firm and former competitor. The Good Wife's loyal fanbase followed her.

\u200bMichelle and Robert King.

Michelle and Robert King.

Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS.

At the same time that the Kings were redefining what "Good" was, they began flirting with Evil—a second CBS show that couldn't be more different in genre, subject, and tone from The Good Fight, or frankly anything they'd done before.

Inspired by an ongoing conversation that the couple had been having for years, Evil asks the question: What makes people do bad things? "Michelle and I have very different backgrounds," says Robert, explaining what inspired Evil's premise. "We've been together 35 years, but religiously, I'm Catholic and I go to Mass every Sunday, while Michelle's …" He turns to his wife, again telepathically handing the baton. "I'm a secular Jew," she says, finishing his thought.

Part investigative procedural, part supernatural horror, and even part will-they-or-won't-they workplace romance, the show follows an investigative team made up of a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers), a priest-in-training (Mike Colter), and a contractor (Aasif Mandvi) who look into creepy cases trying to divine whether the people who commit crimes are simply bad or there are more inexplicable and demonic forces at work.

Before the first season ended in January, CBS greenlit a second. And while the couple is tight-lipped about where the show is headed in its sophomore year, other than saying it gets "darker," they admit that the reaction has been better than they'd ever hoped. Says Michelle: "The biggest compliment we've gotten is people telling us that it's too scary to watch at 10 o'clock. And that they have to tape it and watch it during the day."

Aasif Mandvi, Katja Herbers, and Mike Colter in TV show Evil.

Aasif Mandvi, Katja Herbers, and Mike Colter in Evil.

Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/CBS.

As she finishes her thought, an assistant pokes her head into the Kings' office. She'd be tapping her watch if she were wearing one. They were due back in The Good Fight's writers' room 15 minutes ago. Getting up, they look at their phones, which are glowing with a dozen other urgent questions that require their immediate yays or nays. Saying goodbye, Robert apologizes for how frazzled they must seem. "The truth is, if Michelle and I weren't married and working together, we probably wouldn't see each other at all," he says. Then, right on cue, Michelle picks up the baton one last time to complete her other half's thought: "Honestly, I don't know how anyone does this job without being married."

​The Kings' Treasures

Michelle and Robert King have no shortage of imagination, as witnessed by the five stellar series they've created.


This quirky 2016 sci-fi satire, which ran for one season, put Tony Shalhoub and Mary Elizabeth Winstead into the deliciously out-there premise that asked: What if the bipartisan tension in Washington, D.C., was caused by a race of extraterrestrial insects devouring the brains of politicians?

Stream full episodes of BrainDead on CBS All Access.

Tony Shalhoub in TV show BrainDead.

Tony Shalhoub in CBS series BrainDead.

Photo Credit: Michael Parmelee/CBS.

The Good Wife

The hugely influential hit drama, which starred Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, the wronged political spouse turned fiercely independent litigator, ran for seven hit seasons on CBS, from 2009 to 2016, and racked up five Emmys in the process. This is the show that put the Kings on the map, turning them into a husband-and-wife showrunning force to be reckoned with.

Stream full episodes of The Good Wife on CBS All Access.

Julianna Margulies in TV show The Good Wife.

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife.

Photo Credit: David M. Russell/CBS.

The Good Fight

The Kings' topical show, filming its fourth season, brings back Christine Baranski as the recently humbled and newly reenergized attorney Diane Lockhart. She speaks truth to power alongside some new faces (including Hugh Dancy, Michael J. Fox, and Zach Grenier).

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

The cast of The Good Fight.

Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft/CBS.

Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn; Michael Boatman as Julius Cain; Nyambi Nyambi as Jay Dipersia; Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart; Audra McDonald as Liz Reddick; Delroy Lindo as Adrian Boseman; Zach Grenier as David Lee; Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold in The Good Fight.


After a bone-chilling debut season, this creepy prime-time procedural starring Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandvi as investigators of the supernatural has been reordered for a second season of miracles, demons, and sexual tension.

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Mike Colter, Katja Herbers, and Aasif Mandvi in TV show Evil.

Mike Colter as David Acosta, Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard, and Aasif Mandvi as Ben Shroff in Evil.

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Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston heads up this buzzy, 10-episode limited series (adapted from the Israeli legal thriller Kvodo and written by The Night Of's Peter Moffat) about a New Orleans judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a web of lies and deceit. Hope Davis, Carmen Ejogo, and Michael Stuhlbarg co-star.

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