Grease Live!‘s Aaron Tveit and The Returned‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead have begun work on the new CBS series, BrainDead. Filming on BrainDead is now underway in New York City with the network aiming for a summer 2016 premiere. The series is described as a comic thriller and was created by The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King. The Kings also executive produce along with Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy and Liz Glotzer. Judy Smith is a co-executive producer on the CBS series.
In addition to Winstead and Tveit, the cast of BrainDead includes Danny Pino (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Nikki M. James (The Good Wife), and Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify).
The Plot: Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in Washington, D.C. leads her to discover 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. Aaron Tveit plays Gareth, a Republican operative whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism. The Legislative Director to a top Republican senator, Gareth is smart, hard-working, and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.