Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub Cast as Republican Senator in CBS' BrainDead

Tony Shalhoub will really need to use his gray matter — even if it’s just as an alien’s breakfast — for his latest role.

The three-time Emmy winner (Monk, Nurse Jackie) has landed a lead role in BrainDead, CBS’ comic thriller from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.

Shalhoub will play Red Wheatus, described by the network as “a hard-drinking, fun-loving Republican senator who has spent decades in Washington making deals, until a radical transformation turns him into a health-conscious extremist who would rather destroy the government than compromise.”

Slated for Summer 2016, BrainDead centers on Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, A&E’s The Returned), a fresh-faced Capitol Hill staffer who discovers two things at her first job in Washington, D.C.: 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.

Other cast members include Aaron Tveit (Grease: Live) as Gareth, the Legislative Director to a top Republican senator; Danny Pino (Law & Order: SVU) as Luke, Laurel’s older brother and the Democratic Whip; and Nikki M. James (The Good Wife) as Rochelle, “a medical resident whose father dies as the result of a mysterious infection.”

Does Shalhoub’s casting make you more or less likely to watch BrainDead? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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11 Comments
  1. Mark says:

    Great cast. Sounds like it would be an interesting drama without aliens eating people’s brains.

    • Jenn says:

      I agree! What’s with weird alien twist :(

      • Luke says:

        That’s the part that excites me the most! Without that it’s just another political drama. CBS already has Madam Secretary, and there’s already House of Cards with a much bigger star attached, so you need something to differentiate.

  2. Luis says:

    Tony Shaloub is always a welcome face. The synopsis, however, seems like a pretty radical departure from TGW for the Kings.

  3. Susan says:

    It is a great cast, with a very weird theme to the show. We won’t be watching.

  4. Ben says:

    Sounds like a good documentary.

  5. Jayna says:

    more interested. Good to see Tony back on TV!

  6. yvonne marshall says:

    Do not care much for the theme of the show; however, will watch any production which has Tony Shalhoub in the cast.

  7. Judi says:

    I would gladly watch anything that Tony Shalaub is in! Can’t wait!!

  8. Gloria says:

    Love Tony Shaloub. I loved him so much in Monk. ..so happy to know that he is among the cast in Brain Dead. Yeeeey Tony !!!!

  9. Suebee says:

    I love tony but this show sounds. I won’t continue to watch if it’s awful.