'Good Wife' Duo's D.C. Comic-Thriller Ordered to Series for Summer 2016 on CBS

Robert and Michelle King will serve as showrunners on the 13-episode 'BrainDead,' with 'Scandal's' Judy Smith also attached.
Michelle and Robert King

Less than a year after being put in development, Robert and Michelle King's BrainDead is moving forward at CBS.

The network on Monday handed out a straight-to-series order for The Good Wife duo's Washington, D.C.-set horror comedy BrainDead. The 13-episode drama will air in summer 2016. It will join a roster of pricey sci-fi fare to air in the summer months including Under the Dome, Extant and Zoo, all of which are awaiting renewal news as CBS continues to change the landscape of the typically low-rated season.

First announced in September, BrainDead follows a young fresh-faced Hill staffer getting her first job in Washington, D.C., and discovering two things: first, the government has stopped working, and second, alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.

The drama is the first project from the Kings' three-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. The Kings will continue to serve as showrunners on the network's critical darling The Good Wife, which returns Oct. 4 for its seventh season.

The Kings will write and exec produce via their King Size Productions banner alongside their Good Wife collaborators Scott Free Productions' Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Liz Glotzer. Crisis management expert and Scandal inspiration Judy Smith, who serves as an adviser and co-EP on the ABC Shonda Rhimes drama, will co-exec produce BrainDead.

"We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and high-brow politics — The Strain crossed with The West Wing," the Kings said in a joint statement. "It seemed like the best way to address the news today — not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie."

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Added CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler: "Robert and Michelle have developed an intriguingly original concept with layers of humor, suspense and the supernatural. We look forward to launching it to U.S. viewers and a worldwide audience next summer."


BrainDead will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

CBS has found ratings, if not critical success with its big-swing summer fare Dome, Extant and Zoo, all of which have deals with streaming services to help offset the costs of the pricey productions.  

The Kings are repped by Paradigm.

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