CBS has set a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of “BrainDead,” a one-hour comic thriller from Robert and Michelle King, the creators and executive producers of “The Good Wife,” the network announced Wednesday.
“BrainDead” will follow a young Capitol Hill staffer after getting her first job in Washington, D.C., after discovering that the government has stopped working and aliens have come to earth and eaten the brains of Congressmen and Hill staffers.
The series, which will be broadcast next summer, will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.
As part of their new three-year producing deal with CBS Television Studios, “BrainDead” is the first project from the Kings, who will also write and executive produce.
“We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and high-brow politics — ‘The Strain’ crossed with ‘The West Wing,'” Robert and Michelle King said in a statement. “It seemed like the best way to address the news today – not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie.”
Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Liz Glotzer will serve as executive producers for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions and King Size Productions, after having worked together on “The Good Wife.” Judy Smith will also serve as co-executive producer.
The Kings, represented by Paradigm, will continue to serve as executive producers of “The Good Wife” when it returns for its seventh season on October 4.