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.

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  1. Carl Kramer says:

    I revise my earlier comment. Actually, the scanner seemed to be making a noise like an MRI scan but looked more like a CT scanner. If it was a CT scanner, in reality you couldn’t have anyone rushing into the room and holding down the patient because of the exposure to x-rays. Someone could be in the room comforting the patient if it was an MRI scanner because there is no radiation involved. However, the images looked more like colorized MRI scans then colorized CT scans. Oh well, that’s special effects for you.

  2. Carl Kramer says:

    Brain Dead is quite a clever and entertaining show accept the writers of the 2nd episode of Brain Dead made a mistake when they described the brainscan scene as involving a CT scanner when in reality it was clearly an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner, and pictures of the brain shown in the scene appeared to be colorized MR and not CT images of the brain. This technical error was compounded because the daughter of the dead Smithsonian scientist is an ER doctor and, in reality, would know better.

  3. Joanna says:

    The pre-premiere ads said it was written by the same ones that wrote “The Good Wife”, I almost passed it by. Nothing else on…so took a chance since Tony Shaloub was in the cast. I was delighted by the premise,…acting was good, and it was funny as hell. It is kinda like a political satire with an “X-Files” twist. They have a lot of material from which they can draw, with our current legislature.

  4. BarbaraR says:

    Braindead? Obviously the writers and channel that will air it. The Good Wife was a good show the first couple of years bu the last 4? I wouldn’t hire any of them to represent me. It downgraded to stupid and nonsense. On the plus side, we wont have to see Chris Noth anymore. Its amazing Margulies was able to hold her head up high with the scripts she had to deal with the last 3-4 years. It wasn’t funny, it was so sad. Thankfully its out of its misery now. And yes, it appears they decide up front what we will watch for how long as there must be politics in the tv show community because really great shows get cancelled but others go on and on and on nauseum.

  5. Chloe7 says:

    It’s almost too embarrassing to watch. Unfortunately Trump made the Good Wife’s old hat kinda politics totally passe and the end up being irrelevant. Plus the only “rightwinger” they systematically squeezed out (Dianne’s husband) so it’s a 100% leftwing show. Surely not everybody is so solidly leftwing. Also the girl, Grace’s religion is a mess of christianity imho.

  6. alpha3146 says:

    They sell it as a “comic thriller”, but (and I’m not big on the alien-invasion-in-real-life kind of stuff At All), this show might actually be closer to a good old-fashioned political drama, but with a modern day twist, of course. A “West Wing” style production updated to reflect the political realities we are facing now, in this, the second decade of the 21st century.

    I don’t know about you, fellow reader, but discovering the brains of our representatives have been eaten by aliens would go a long ways toward explaining what I’ve been witnessing since this millennium began. I’m being perfectly sober and serious here.

    If not aliens, then certainly a space virus. I mean, can things get any crazier? I always say “no”, yet they always do. One need look no further than the field of POTUS hopefuls. Gad zooks!

    I have no choice but to conclude the partially devoured brain scenario fits like a glove. Amirite?

  7. Fluff says:

    I don’t even know what to say. Obviously CBS has cable envy but as ridiculous as it sounds, hasn’t that show been done before? and lasted 20 seconds on NBC or something?
    Regardless, “braindead” sounds about right.

    • al says:

      I agree it sounds stupid! I wouldn’t watch anything from the creators of The Good Wife anyway. They decide how many seasons their show will have in the beginning regardless of ratings or what the fans think, it’s done! For example: The Good Wife, they planned for it to only last 7 seasons, it has been 7 so it is over! Which sucks!!! They should only plan 1 season for their new show Brain Dead. Just because they had one successful show doesn’t mean their next show should get to go straight to series. The show having leftovers from The Good Wife doesn’t mean it will automatically be a success! What has the president of CBS been smokin??? “Braindead”

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