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Have you ever watched C-SPAN for more than five minutes and thought to yourself, “Are these people brain-dead?” Well, that’s exactly the sort of thing that Robert and Michelle King of CBS’ The Good Wife seem to think, and following the end of their hit legal drama, they will be bringing a new sort of thriller to CBS later this summer. A brand new trailer for the series, titled BrainDead, has just hit the web, and it looks like an absolutely insane ride. Check out the trailer below to see for yourself.
I know, it’s nothing if not odd. Set in an alternate version of our own reality, BrainDead is a political thriller series revolving around a woman who slowly uncovers an insane conspiracy: bugs are eating the brains of American politicians from the inside. The series has an absurd, humorous tone, but it also carries some frightening implications with it. Essentially, the tone of the trailer lends the sense that BrainDead will feel like equal parts Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The West Wing, with just a dash of the Yeerks from Animorphs thrown into the equation for good measure. Honestly, just writing that got me even more excited for the series to air this summer.
If BrainDead looks like one of the more bizarre network TV trailers in recent memory, that’s because it is. All things considered, BrainDead actually looks like it will provide audiences with some razor sharp satire of the American political system. We live in an age defined by growing disillusionment with the political establishment – on both sides of the aisle – and a show that rationalizes bugs are eating the brains of our politicians will be something that resonates with a large portion of the audience. While the show seems to have an overall humorous tone, it also seems to preach a frighteningly realistic and biting message that lies just beneath the surface of the satire. One that doesn't actually involve brain-bugs, but you get it.
It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a fair degree of prestige working on BrainDead. Behind the scenes, the show has been developed by the creators and executive producers of The Good Wife, who obviously now have time for passion project due the CBS legal drama’s imminent series finale. Additionally, the series has enlisted talented actors like Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Tony Shalhoub into its ensemble cast, so we know for certain that it will feature plenty of highly commendable performances.
BrainDead is set to premiere on CBS on Monday, June 13. We will bring you any and all information related to the infinitely weird BrainDead as it becomes available to us. Or will it be the bugs bringing you that information?