Mary Elizabeth Winstead to star in CBS's 2016 sci-fi summer series BrainDead

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Sep 14, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT

From Under the Dome to Zoo, CBS has found solid success by launching ambitious sci-fi shows in the summer — and here’s what they’re cooking up for the dog days of 2016.

The network is moving ahead with a new comic-thriller, BrainDead, which is framed around a plot by brain-eating aliens to invade the political corridors of Washington, D.C. (Insert Joke Here). The show is being described as The Strain meets The West Wing, which is about the most interesting logline we’ve seen in a while. The series is produced by The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.

In a nice twist, the network has also made a genre-friendly hire to lead the cast of this quirky ensemble. Entertainment Weekly reports Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Thing, Final Destination 3) has signed on to star in the 13-episode debut season. She will play Laurel, a character described as the “daughter of a Democratic political dynasty who left Washington, D.C. to become a documentary filmmaker, but is pulled back into the family business when her brother, the senate majority whip, needs her help running his senate office.”

But not long after showing up in D.C., Laurel discovers the government has stopped working (Insert Joke Here), because aliens have come to Earth and eaten the brains of several politicians and their top staffers. 

Coming from a network known to typically skew toward an older demographic, this is an extremely interesting pickup for CBS. It looks like Supergirl is just the tip of the iceberg for the network’s efforts to attract younger viewers to its new drama offerings.


(Via Entertainment Weekly)