Graceland's Aaron Tveit Cast as Male Lead in CBS' BrainDead

Aaron Tveit is going from the beach to the hill — Capitol Hill, to be more specific.

The Graceland grad has landed a starring role opposite previously cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead in CBS’ comic thriller BrainDead, from The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King.

Tveit will play Gareth, described as “a Republican operative whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism. The Legislative Director to a top Republican senator, Gareth is smart, hard-working and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.”

BrainDead, slated to premiere in summer 2016, follows Winstead’s Laurel, “a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in Washington, D.C. leads her to discover 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’re thrilled that Aaron will be joining BrainDead,” said the Kings, in a statement. “We’re huge fans of his work – he’s spectacular on stage and screen – and think he’ll be a fantastic opponent-slash-love-interest for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.”

Tveit can next be seen as Danny in Fox’s upcoming Grease: Live. Graceland, meanwhile, was cancelled earlier this month by USA Network after three seasons.

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17 Comments
  1. Ralph says:

    BrainDead in Washington? Is this a documentary?

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    Graceland will still be missed.

  3. Weezy says:

    Yeah all of these Harvard and Wharton MBA’s who are also lawyers just happen to consistently make the worst decision possible over and over again for decades….so naive.

  4. H says:

    Perfect role for him. He was too pretty-boyish to be believable as a cop in a gritty drama.

  5. Steven says:

    I’m in!

  6. Bwhit says:

    So Aaron Tveit will still be on my TV this summer?!? Fantastic news.

  7. ndixit says:

    Good for him. I liked him a lot on Graceland. Him and MEW on the same show makes me interested.

  8. TW says:

    “Alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.” Well….that explains a lot.

    Glad to see Aaron back with another series. Hope this one is better than the last two seasons of Graceland.

  9. mike says:

    a case of Art imitating life if there ever was one.

  10. Larc says:

    Something to consider when being cast as lead in a series called BrainDead: is the network type casting? ;)

  11. Billie says:

    Love him, but I won’t be watching any aliens eating people’s brains, even if they are politicians.

  12. Casey says:

    Glad to hear this, but someone needs to get him back in a musical, pronto. And no, I’m not counting Grease- that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what this guy’s voice can really do.

  13. nellibly says:

    “a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in Washington, D.C. leads her to discover 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.”

    Oh, so it’s a reality show.

  14. liame says:

    Hahahahahahahahaha! This has “I’m going to fail” written all over it.

  15. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Aaron will be back on TV again next summer. Will still miss Graceland

  16. Cj says:

    I’m happy that Aaron will still be showing his stuff, but I think he had a great place on Graceland and I think instead of canceling they should’ve tried better advertising! Good for you Aaron, but boo for USA for their poor decision!