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CBS Orders Comic Thriller From ‘Good Wife’ Producers

“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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