×

‘Good Wife’ Creators Set CBS Pilot ‘Brain Dead,’ New Overall Deal with Studio

Robert and Michelle King, creators and exec producers of CBS’ “The Good Wife,” are shepherding a pilot for the Eye described as ” ‘The Strain’ meets ‘The West Wing.’ “

The husband-and-wife pair have also set a new three-year overall deal that will keep them at the helm of “Good Wife,” and calls for them to develop fresh projects for the studio.

Top of that list is “Brain Dead,” an hourlong comedy-horror series that will be produced with their fellow “Good Wife” producers, Ridley Scott and David Zucker of Scott Free Prods.

The Kings will remain showrunners on “Good Wife,” which heads into its sixth season next month with strong momentum following a universally-praised fifth season. Star Julianna Margulies last month won her second lead drama actress Emmy for the role of political wife turned star lawyer Alicia Florrick.

The “Good Wife” team has some reinventing to do in the coming season after the many twists and turns of season five. The show is the rare broadcast series these days that is a contender in kudos races with cable fare but also delivers hefty 22 episodes per season — an endurance test, compared to cables shorter orders, that Margulies noted in her Emmy acceptance speech.

The Kings have been under an overall at CBS TV Studios since 2010, coinciding with the start of production on “Good Wife’s” second season.

The Kings are repped by Paradigm and attorneys Jon Moonves and Jean Tanaka of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein and Lezcano.

More TV

  • Simone Missick All Rise

    'All Rise' Star Simone Missick on Rarely Seeing 'Messy, Fragile Black Women' on TV

    As the star of CBS’ courtroom drama “All Rise,” Simone Missick takes playing Judge Lola Carmichael seriously, even if the character isn’t always that herself. “I’ve got the fortune of coming up after Viola Davis, after Kerry Washington, that showed networks and buyers and audiences that they did want to see [these] stories told,” Missick [...]

  • Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren,

    Tenth Democratic Debate Scores Big Early Numbers for CBS

    CBS came out easily on top in the Tuesday night TV ratings race, thanks to the tenth Democratic debate of the election cycle. Last night’s chaotic affair scored a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and drew just over 13 million viewers, per the fast national ratings. Those numbers are likely to adjust upwards later in [...]

  • first wives club BET

    'First Wives Club' Renewed for Season 2 at BET Plus

    BET Plus has renewed “First Wives Club” for a second season. “Tracy Oliver’s ‘First Wives Club’ has been hugely successful on BET Plus, served as one of our signature originals at launch and helped us quickly become the largest African American focused SVOD service,” said Devin Griffin, general manager of BET Plus. “Our subscribers loved [...]

  • The Spanish Princess Starz

    Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch Lifts Lid on Local Originals Drive for SVOD Starzplay

    Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch has outlined the local originals strategy for Starzplay, revealing that a slate of shows are being planned out of the Middle East and India as the business looks to complement its U.S. and English-language pipeline of content. Speaking at the Berlinale Series Market and Conference on Wednesday, the executive told Variety that the [...]

  • Rebecca Breeds Clarice Starling

    Clarice Starling Series at CBS Casts Rebecca Breeds in Lead Role

    Hello, Clarice. Variety has learned that Rebecca Breeds has been cast as the title character in “Clarice” at CBS, which follows FBI Agent Clarice Starling in the aftermath of the events of “Silence of the Lambs” as she hunts down new serial murderers and sexual predators while also navigating the political world of Washington D.C. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content