New Series Brain Dead From The Creators Of The Good Wife
When you think of husband and wife writer team Michelle and Robert King, you most likely think of their creation The Good Wife, a show that has managed to fill a Law & Order-sized hole in my heart for the last five years. Starring the excellent Julianna Margulies as the titular character (a.k.a. Alicia Florrick), it’s a personal and political drama with a legal procedural format that manages to be incredibly current without coming across as corny.
The Kings have a new project on their hands and although it also deals with politics, it’s probably not what you expected. Brain Dead has been described as “The West Wing meets The Strain,” which might sound like a bad idea but consider this: iZombie, which follows the misadventures of a zombie who helps her friend solve crimes, has been a critical success on The CW and was adapted from the comic book series of the same name by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright of Veronica Mars fame.
Brain Dead won’t be about zombies, however, at least not the kind we know and love/loathe. According to Variety:
Brain Dead 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.
This description sounds more like a modern-day version of Mars Attacks!, a 1996 Tim Burton movie that I personally thought was great – and I have the action figure to prove it. Having Brain Dead center around a female protagonist is a good idea, and the kind of thing I would expect from the Kings, who have addressed a wide variety of feminist issues on The Good Wife.
The Kings have said that they “wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and highbrow politics,” while CBS has called Brain Dead an “intriguingly original concept with layers of humor, suspense and the supernatural.” The latter description sounds a lot like Supernatural, which started off as a creepy, monster-of-the-week show and has developed into a metacritical mix of pop culture horror, fan service, and classic rock references over the last decade.
Brain Dead will be a one-hour show and the first of its 13-episode run will begin airing in the summer of 2016. If nothing else, it should prove to be an interesting experiment.