Wanda Sykes is lawyering up for a recurring role on The Good Fight: The actress/comedian will appear in Season 5 of the Paramount+ series as Allegra Durado, “a brilliant, strategic attorney who’s been away from the law for 10 years while trying to finish her white whale of a book,” our sister site Deadline reports.
“Our holy grail of casting is always to find dramatic actors who can also deliver the comedy, and that pretty much defines Wanda,” creators Robert and Michelle King told the site. “We couldn’t feel more fortunate to be working with her.”
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Sykes — whose TV credits include The Upshaws, black-ish and The New Adventures of Old Christine — joins fellow new cast additions Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Let’s Make a Deal emcee Wayne Brady and Aussie actress Charmaine Bingwa.
The Good Fight Season 5 premieres this Thursday, June 24.
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