Braindead on CBS

Good Wife Creators' D.C.-Based Alien Invasion Comic-Thriller BrainDead Ordered to Series at CBS

BrainDead has officially come alive at CBS.

The network has given a straight-to-series, 13-episode order to Good Wife creators’ Robert and Michelle King’s one-hour comic-thriller, which is being billed as a cross between The Strain and The West Wing.

BrainDead, which is slated to premiere in Summer 2016, follows a young fresh-faced Hill staffer getting her first job in Washington, D.C. and discovering two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers.

“We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and high-brow politics,” said the Kings in a statement. “It seemed like the best way to address the news today — not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie.”

Added Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment: “Robert and Michelle have developed an intriguingly original concept with layers of humor, suspense and the supernatural. We look forward to launching it to U.S. viewers and a worldwide audience next summer.”

Despite the added workload, the Kings will remain EPs/showrunners on The Good Wife’s upcoming seventh season.

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22 Comments
  1. Samuel Croft says:

    I think the most of these characters are too essential to the plots to die.

  2. Boiler says:

    Um NO and I watch many CBS shows

  3. sammy says:

    I hope they use their brains and cast Archie Punjabi in this show.

    • Dude says:

      Considering how they treated her while she was on The Good Wife, I hope she uses her brain and passes.

    • Mike M says:

      To make up for what they did to her they’d have to bring back JM too and let Archana daintily and carefully scoop out her walnut with a chainsaw.

      “An intriguingly original concept” Really CBS? I guess compared to NCiSI Backwater Wherever (We’ve Run Out Of Cities) it probably is – so much originality Kool-Aid; flowing thick and free.

  4. This sounds like iZombie meets the West Wing with aliens as the plot device

  5. kmw says:

    Sorry this sounds terrible. I definitely wont be watching

  6. smartysenior says:

    Congressmen without brains isn’t much of a stretch, is this a new reality show?

  7. Ralph says:

    are we sure this isn’t a reality show?

  8. Steven says:

    In the Kings we trust. Even the worst of The Good Wife is still better than 90% of what’s on broadcast these days.

  9. Brigid says:

    Sounds like the best show CBS has had since American Gothic!!! I might check it out.

  10. Dhd says:

    Sounds good … But are the politicians zombies? Dead? Or possessed by the aliens?

  11. Lizo says:

    The Kings doing an alien political drama?!!?? I didn’t know how much I needed that until right now. Oh my god. So excited!!!

  12. mike says:

    Cool, Mars Attacks finally get a tv show

  13. jr says:

    Watched for 40 min lots of pro dem anti rep.But then brains blasting out of their ears. Worst than 50s sci fy. And where’s the coming I saw not one comic thing
    Bact to streaming at ,8 on sun