CBS Can’t Revive ‘BrainDead’ For Another Summer

By October 18, 2016


The intended four-year lifespan of the CBS summer drama BrainDead has been cut short. Way short.

The network cancelled the show after just one season, a move that was not surprising since its creators, Robert and Michelle King, already indicated they were moving back to their Good Wife franchise on CBS All Access.

BrainDead was one of two summer shows to get the network axe, according to Deadline, joining the family drama American Gothic on the outs.

What killed BrainDead in the end is what finishes most shows – it just didn’t attract enough viewers. BrainDead was watched by 2.6 million people, despite what the trade publication said were good reviews. Then again, it could be that the show was just hitting too close to home, considering what the political climate in Washington, D.C., is anymore.

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, a brother-sister documentary team finds out that the American government has been invaded by alien insects who are not only eating their brains, but also taking control of everyone – especially Congress. The joke, of course, is that no one even noticed.

CBS already worked out a deal with subscription streaming service Amazon to provide one CBS summer drama each year through 2018, according to The Wrap. That deal began with BrainDead this year, but now it will have to continue with something else.

The cancellations practically wipes CBS’ summer slate clean. All that’s left is Zoo based on the book by authors James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. That series, starring James Wolk and Kristen Connolly, already was renewed for a third season earlier this past summer.

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