Even if you’re not a typical CBS viewer (and especially if you are!) one of the Eye network’s greatest series has been the long-running The Good Wife. Closing out its seventh and final season a mere two Sundays from now, the show was essentially set up as a legal drama, but has found ways to incorporate politics into its stories in smart and perceptive ways over the years. In fact, in most ways I think The Good Wife is more successful as a political drama than a legal one.
I bring up The Good Wife of course because its creators — Robert and Michelle King — are also behind a new CBS comedy called BrainDead. Starring the great Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) BrainDead introduces us to the idea that everything has gone to hell in D.C. … because parasitic bugs are in the politicians brains. Honestly, given our current political climate, it’s not really that much of a stretch.
The series, premiering June 13th at 10 p.m., also stars Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Aaron Tveit (Gossip Girl), Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify), and Danny Pino (Cold Case). Check out the first promo below:
Here’s the official synopsis for the series:
BrainDead is a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics that follows Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of congress members and Hill staffers. The daughter of a Democratic political dynasty who left Washington, D.C. to become a documentary filmmaker, Laurel is pulled back into the family business when her brother, Luke, the Democratic Whip Senator from Maryland, needs her help running his senate office. On the Hill, Laurel becomes unlikely friends with Gareth, the smart, hardworking Legislative Director to a top Republican, Senator Red Wheatus. Her other allies include Gustav, an eccentric genius who is the first in D.C. to recognize that something sinister is attacking the Capitol, and Rochelle, a medical student who teams up with Laurel and Gustav to protect and defend the citizens of D.C. from an untimely fate. As the tiny bugs continue to multiply, Laurel and her allies must work quickly to identify the otherworldly creatures, stop their infiltration and ultimately save the world.