Legal drama The Good Fight - sequel to Julianna Margulies' The Good Wife - has been renewed by CBS All Access for a fifth season.

CBS also confirmed that the fourth season, filming of which had been stalled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will end early, with just seven of its ten episodes in the can.

 The US broadcaster has surrendered to the reality that the three remaining episodes of Robert and Michelle King's much-loved show will not be shot.

"It’s been weird to not be able to finish the fourth season," the Kings said in a statement. "It left the story in even more absurd a place than usual.

"So we’re thrilled that CBS All Access wants to bring The Good Fight back for an additional season, and we know what story we’re planning to tell. It’s like getting the answers to the SAT ahead of time."

The Good Fight stars Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, and boasts an outstanding cast in a satirical drama set at a fictional Chicago-based law firm.

Regarding the decision to scrap season four’s three remaining episodes, Julie McNamara, EVP of CBS All Access, explained: "While we all had hoped to provide audiences with a 10-episode fourth season, we, among many others, have had to adapt due to the pandemic.

"Although it’s a shortened season, the incredible cast and crew, helmed by the incomparable Robert and Michelle King, have produced a phenomenal seven episodes."

Season four of The Good Fight will be broadcast in Ireland on RTÉ One.