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  1. BrainDead is an upcoming American thriller television series created by Robert King and Michelle King. CBS announced a 13-episode straight-to-series order on July 22, 2015. The show is scheduled to premiere on June

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Laurel

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    Aaron Tveit as Gareth
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    Nikki M. James as Rochelle
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    Johnny Ray Gill as Gustav

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    Danny Pino as Luke
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    Tony Shalhoub as Red Wheatus
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  2. CBS Orders Comic Thriller From ‘Good Wife’ Producers

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    The Good Wife” creators and executive producers Robert and Michelle King have earned a straight-to-series order from CBS for their latest project, “BrainDead.”

    The one-hour comic thriller, set in Washington, D.C., will air in summer 2016 with 13 episodes.

    “BrainDead” is the first project from the Kings as part of their new three-year producing deal with CBS Television Studios. They will executive produce and write the series.


    “BrainDead” follows a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who gets her first job in Washington, D.C., and discovers 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 highbrow politics – ‘The Strain’ crossed with ‘The West Wing,’” the Kings said 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 CBS entertainment chair Nina Tassler, “Robert and Michelle have developed an intriguingly original concept with layers of humor, suspense and the supernatural.”

    Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Liz Glotzer will serve as executive producers for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. Judy Smith will serve as co-executive producer.

    The Kings will continue to serve as executive producer-showrunners of “The Good Wife,” which returns for its seventh season on Oct. 4.

    The Kings are repped by Paradigm.

    Source: Variety
     
  3. CBS’ ‘BrainDead’: 13 Episodes Explaining Aliens Eating Brains Of Congress To Debut In Summer 2016

    In a case of perfect timing, CBS this morning officially unveiled its next straight-to-series, 13-episode summer-series order: BrainDead, about an eager young Hill staffer starting her first job in Washington who discovers the federal government has stopped working – because alien spawn have eaten the brains of Congressmen and other Hill staffers.

    The one-hour comic-thriller from The Good Wife creators/executive producers Robert and Michelle King will be broadcast next summer – CBS’ fourth consecutive summer drama series from CBS Studios with a 13-ep order following Under The Dome, Extant and Zoo.

    BrainDead is the first project from the Kings as part of their three-year producing deal with CBS Television Studios, announced last September. That deal calls for the Kings to continue as executive producers and showrunners of CBS’ acclaimed courtroom drama while developing new projects through their King Size Prods. At the time of that announcement, BrainDead was a put-pilot order, described as The West Wing meets The Strain, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s private cell phone number was largely private, Sen. John McCain’s war-hero status was not a subject of debate, and no one seriously thought Donald Trump would hijack the presidential election cycle by throwing his hat into the race, except, of course, Mr. Trump.

    BrainDead re-teams of the auspices of The Good Wife: creators, the Kings; producers, CBS TV Studios and Scott Free Productions; and CBS. It will be executive produced and written by the Kings, with Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Liz Glotzer serving as executive producers for CBS TV Studios, Scott Free and King Size. And, Judy Smith will serve as co-executive producer.

    “We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and high-brow politics,” Robert and Michelle King said in today’s news, explaining, “It seemed like the best way to address the news today – not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie.” The Kings are repped by Paradigm and Jon Moonves.

    BrainDead will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

    “Robert and Michelle have developed an intriguingly original concept with layers of humor, suspense and the supernatural,” CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in today’s announcement, adding, “We look forward to launching it to U.S. viewers and a worldwide audience next summer.”

    In today’s announcement, CBS reiterated the Kings will continue to serve as executive producers/showrunners of The Good Wife when it returns for its seventh season October 4.

    Source: Deadline
     
  4. CBS' comic-thriller 'BrainDead' starts shooting in New York City
    March 12, 2016

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead arrives on the red carpet at the "10 Cloverfield Lane" premiere on March 8, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI

    NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- Production has begun in New York City on BrainDead, a new comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics, CBS announced.

    Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James and Johnny Ray Gill, the show is set to premiere this summer.

    The latest brainchild of Robert and Michelle King, creators and executive producers of The Good Wife, 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," a synopsis said.

    Source: UPI
     
  5. Aaron Tveit Joins Mary Elizabeth Winstead in CBS Series ‘BrainDead’

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    Aaron Tveit has signed on to star in “BrainDead,” CBS’ upcoming comic-thriller set in Washington, D.C.

    Tveit will play Gareth, the legislative director to a top Republican senator whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism. He’ll appear opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays a fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in 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.

    The series, which comes from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, received a straight-to-series order with 13 episodes and is set to premiere next summer.

    “We’re thrilled that Aaron will be joining ‘BrainDead,'” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. “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 has seen his career blossom in recent years. In addition to starring in USA’s recently-cancelled “Graceland,” he will soon play Danny Zuko in Fox’s live staging of the musical “Grease.” He appeared in the film version of “Les Miserables” and on Broadway, originated the roles of Gabe in “Next to Normal” and Frank Abagnale, Jr. in “Catch Me if You Can.”

    “BrainDead” is produced by CBS Television Studios. In addition to the Kings, exec producers are “Good Wife’s” Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy and Liz Glotzer for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. Judy Smith will serve as co-executive producer. The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

    Source: Variety
     
  6. Tony Shalhoub To Star In ‘BrainDead’ CBS Series From ‘The Good Wife’ Creators

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    Tony Shalhoub is set for a lead role opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Tveit and Danny Pino in BrainDead, CBS’ comic-thriller series set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics. The show, set to premiere this summer, comes from Robert and Michelle King, creators and executive producers of The Good Wife.

    In BrainDead, Laurel (Winstead), a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer, gets her first job in Washington, D.C. 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. Shalhoub will play Red Wheatus, 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.

    “Tony Shalhoub is funny, dramatic, subtle, and broad when he needs to be,” said Robert and Michelle King. “To our minds, he can play anything. We were thinking of making the character a 12-year-old blind girl hunting for her mother in Belgium to see what he did with that.”

    Shalhoub won three Emmy awards for his starring role as the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk on USA Network’s dramedy Monk. He recently recurred on Showtime’s dark comedy Nurse Jackie and previously starred on the CBS comedy We Are Men. Shalhoub’s feature credits include the Men In Black and Cars franchises, and he also is a two-time Tony nominee for his stage work.

    The Kings, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy and Liz Glotzer executive produce BrainDead for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions. Judy Smith serves as co-executive producer. Nikki M. James also co-stars.

    Shalhoub is repped by ICM Partners, Mary Goldberg Management and Skrzyniarz & Mallean.

    Source: Deadline
     
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    Aaron Tveit and Mary Elizabeth Winstead: Behind the scenes photo from the shooting of the upcoming CBS political-thriller BrainDead.” - @campbell105 (x)
     
  8. First Look At Tony Shalhoub In New CBS Series ‘BrainDead’
    The former “Monk” star returns to TV in the upcoming political comedy thriller.
    04/11/2016 10:23 am ET | Updated 14 hours ago


    The creators behind “The Good Wife” aren’t wasting any time in between series. After their long-running CBS drama winds down this spring, Michelle and Robert King will debut “Braindead,” a comedy thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics.

    The upcoming show, which premieres on June 13, follows Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a young Hill staffer and the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty who left D.C. to become a documentary filmmaker. After returning to the family business, Laurel becomes unlikely friends with Gareth (Aaron Tveit), the smart, hardworking legislative director to a top Republican, Senator Red Wheatus, played by Tony Shalhoub of “Monk” fame.

    According to CBS, Laurel discovers two things: “The government has stopped working, and tiny bugs have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of Congressmen and Hill staffers.”

    Hmmm ... Sound familiar? CBS execs say the series reflects what’s happening in current politics, and “BrainDead” helps to explain why.

    CBS hasn’t unveiled too many details from its new summer series yet. The Huffington Post, though, has an exclusive first look at artwork from “BrainDead” below:

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    “BrainDead” premieres Monday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

    Source: Huffpost
     
  9. This sounds super interesting, and I love Tony Shalhoub.
     
  10. If he is in it, it should be interesting, otherwise WTF?:smile:
     
  11. I know--WTF? But it sounds intriguing.

    Heck, I got hooked on the Strain, it's crazy (Nazi-Vampires in NYC), and I passed it up the first season (thank goodness for Netflix). I appreciate that odd ideas are being made into TV (Walking Dead, anyone?). And whoever thought this country would go ga-ga over Downton Abbey?
     
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    Its a dark comedy/political drama. The cast of actors is enough for me to give it a go
     
  13. I've been very slack but now there's SO much news on Braindead to post.

    Aaron Tveit on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on June 11, 2016 discussing Braindead

     
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    Aaron Tveit interview “Braindead’s” Live! With Kelly co-host Alec Baldwin June 10, 2016




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