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Sdcc: Comic-Con sizzle reels for American Gothic

22 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During yesterdays American Gothic panel at Sdcc, Fox released two sizzle reels for the mystery drama series, and we have them for you here…

American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart.

American Gothic is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Corinne Brinkerhoff (“The Good Wife,” “Jane the Virgin”), Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (“The Americans,” “Under the Dome,” “Extant”), James Frey and Todd Cohen serve as executive producers.

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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of CBS TV Shows

20 July 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Below, you'll find a list of CBS' recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their current status. To see a series' ratings, click the links in the middle column (where applicable).Shows include 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, American Gothic, Angel from Hell, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, BrainDead, Bull, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Cyber, Doubt, Elementary, Extant, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0 (2010), Hunted, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, Limitless, MacGyver (2016), Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple (2015), Person of Interest, Pure Genius, Ransom, Rush Hour, Scorpion, Supergirl, Survivor, Training Day, Under the Dome, Undercover Boss, Zoo, »

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TVLine Items: Alex Kingston's Gilmore Gig, Bad Guy Is Girlboss Dad and More

9 July 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

River Song has teleported into Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

Doctor Who vet Alex Kingston will appear in Netflix’s revival of the late WB/CW series — but she won’t necessarily be in Stars Hollow.

RelatedGilmore Girls Revival: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Team Palladino Set for First Netflix Press Event

During a recent fan convention in Miami, Kingston revealed that she plays “a very eccentric character” in multiple installments. The actress — who recurs on Arrow as Dinah Lance — also divulged that she filmed her scenes “on location” and they may have been opposite Alexis Bledel’s Rory. »

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‘Uncle Buck,’ ‘$100,000 Pyramid,’ ‘Spartan’ Give Summer TV a Reality Check

7 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Summer used to be a time for broadcast networks to stack reruns and inexpensive reality programs while waiting for fall to begin. But in recent years, competition from cable pushed broadcasters to be more adventurous. The hottest months turned into a place to experiment with new dramas, new comedies and envelope-pushing event series.

But summer 2016 has upended that trend. Broadcasters have watched viewers flock to unscripted competition series and game shows, including several new entries in those genres, and reject scripted offerings.

“The competition shows, whether they’re game shows or ‘Big Brother’ or “America’s Got Talent,’ are all doing well, and the new scripted shows, dramas, comedies, it doesn’t matter, are not,” says Katz Television Group’s Bill Carroll.

Of broadcast’s 15 highest rated original series so far this summer, only one — ABC’s “Uncle Buck” — is a scripted sitcom or drama series. The family comedy averaged a 1.2 Nielsen live-plus-same-day rating among adults 18- »

- Daniel Holloway

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First Trailer For Edge Of Winter Ramps Up Icy Tensions

7 July 2016 3:37 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While the concept of ‘white men running around an isolated location and threatening each other with guns’ has been re-hashed to the point of tedium, the first trailer for Edge Of Winter suggests there might be something worthwhile contained within. The feature length debut of writer-director Rob Connolly – scripting here with newcomer Kyle Mann – seems to focus heavily on character and suspicion, instead of the stereotypical growling masculinity we are used to seeing.

“Recently divorced and laid off from his job, Elliot Baker (Joel Kinnaman, Suicide Squad; Run All Night) is desperate to spend more time bonding with his sons, Bradley (Tom Holland, Captain America: Civil War) and Caleb (Percy Hynes White, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb). What starts as a family day trip to teach his boys how to shoot turns into a nightmare when they become stranded. As they retreat to a desolate cabin, Elliot »

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Neal Baer Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

6 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Television veteran Neal Baer has inked a pod deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

Under the new pact, Baer and his Baer Bones Productions shingle will develop new television programs for the studio.

Baer most recently served as showrunner on CBS’ summer series “Under the Dome.” Previously, he was showrunner on NBC’s “Law & Order: Svu” for 11 seasons, and was also writer and showrunner on “ER.”

“Neal is a visionary producer whose brand combines intelligence, suspense, spellbinding characters and enormous commercial appeal,” said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox TV’s president of creative affairs. “We’ve been anxious to work with him for years and we’re excited to have him bring his eagle eye for great material and his skills as a showrunner to our development efforts.”

Baer and his production company will be developing for both network and cable under the new 20th Century Fox TV deal. Jessica Shulman »

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Neal Baer Inks Pod Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

6 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Emmy-nominated creator-writer-producer Neal Baer (ER, Law & Order: Svu, Under the Dome) and his Baer Bones Productions have signed a pod deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, Baer will exclusively develop television programming for both network and cable. The deal is effective immediately. Jessica Shulman will continue to run Baer Bones. "Neal is a visionary producer whose brand combines intelligence, suspense, spellbinding characters and enormous… »

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Nancy Grace to Exit Hln After 11 Years

30 June 2016 7:20 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Former prosecutor turned broadcaster/victims’ rights champion Nancy Grace is exiting Hln, where she has hosted her eponymous current affairs program since February 2005.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grace broke the news to her staff on Thursday morning, and will end her run when her contract expires in October.

“Nancy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the missing and exploited for more than a decade on Hln,” CNN Evp Ken Jautz told THR. “During her remarkable career at Hln, she led the coverage of two of this century’s most talked about and infamous trials, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias. »

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Art Directors Guild Election: Chuck Parker Pulls Off Upset Win Over Scott Roth

29 June 2016 10:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Chuck Parker was elected to replace Scott Roth as executive director of the Art Directors Guild in a surprise upset Wednesday night. The production designer for “90210,” “Under the Dome” and “Monk” beat out the 18-year incumbent in the special election ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Parker won the vote 547 to 322. “Eighteen years is enough,” Parker said in a campaign statement. “We need a change in leadership style and all the fear-mongering in the world won’t change that. What we’re missing is a clear vision and an individual who wants to move this union into the »

- Debbie Emery

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Art Directors Guild Election: Chuck Parker Upsets 19-year Incumbent Scott Roth

29 June 2016 5:37 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In a major upset, Chuck Parker has been elected executive director of the Art Directors Guild, beating longtime incumbent Scott Roth in a special election ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Roth's resounding defeat marks the first time in 18 years that the guild will be under new leadership. The final vote tally was wasn't even close, with Parker winning 547 to 322. Parker, a veteran production designer whose credits include Monk and Under the Dome, campaigned on… »

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Art Directors Guild Election: Chuck Parker Upsets 19-year Incumbent Scott Roth

29 June 2016 5:37 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In a major upset, Chuck Parker has been elected executive director of the Art Directors Guild, beating longtime incumbent Scott Roth in a special election ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Roth's resounding defeat marks the first time in 18 years that the guild will be under new leadership. The final vote tally was wasn't even close, with Parker winning 547 to 322. Parker, a veteran production designer whose credits include Monk and Under the Dome, campaigned on… »

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American Gothic: Season One Ratings

23 June 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

CBS is hoping for killer ratings with their new murder mystery series, American Gothic. It seems like it's been conceived as a one season series but, if it's successful enough, they'll surely find a way to bring it back (ala Wayward Pines and Under the Dome) for season two. If it's a flop, the show could be cancelled and pulled off the air. What will happen? Stay tuned.

The first season of American Gothic revolves around a well-to-do Boston family. The Hawthornes are reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst may be a serial killer. The cast includes Virginia Madsen, Juliet Rylance, Justin Chatwin, Stephanie Leonidas, Gabriel Bateman, Megan Ketch, and Elliot Knight.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the »

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Julie McNamara Named CBS All Access Original-Programming Chief

20 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Julie McNamara has been named executive vice president, original content for CBS All Access. The CBS Television Studios veteran will be the subscription streaming service’s first original-programming chief.

McNamara spent the last 10 years at CBS’ studio arm, most recently serving as executive vice president of drama development. Sources tell Variety that CBS Entertainment drama-development executive Bryan Seabury is set to succeed McNamara as head of drama at the studio.

In her new role, McNamara will continue to report to CBS Television Studios president David Stapf. She will also now report to Marc DeBevoise, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Digital Media and CBS Interactive.

“Julie has been one of the industry’s pre-eminent drama development executives for more than a decade,” said Stapf. “Her taste, business savvy and deep relationships with the creative community will serve her and CBS All Access well as we move forward with more marquee premium content for subscribers. As »

- Daniel Holloway

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Goliath: Dwight Yoakam & Harold Perrineau Join David E. Kelley Amazon Series

16 June 2016 4:42 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Dwight Yoakam and Harold Perrineau have joined the cast of the Goliath TV show at Amazon. The original drama series comes from David E. Kelley and was previously known as Trial. Yoakam played Lyle Chumley on Under the Dome, which was cancelled last summer after three seasons on CBS. Fans of ABC's Lost probably still hear echoes of Perrineau, as Michael Dawson, yelling, "Waaaaaaalllt!"

Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, and Ever Carradine were previously cast. Goliath is written by Ally McBeal's David E. Kelley and The Practice's Jonathan Shapiro. Kelley, Shapiro, and Ross Fineman are executive prodcuing, with Parenthood's Larry Trilling. Madam Secretary's David Semel is directing.

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Watch two clips from American Gothic’s series premiere ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black’

16 June 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just under a week to go until its premiere, CBS has released two sneak peek clips from the first episode of the upcoming mystery drama series American Gothic ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black’; watch them below…

See Also: Promo images for American Gothic premiere episode – ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black’

American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart.

American Gothic is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Corinne Brinkerhoff (“The Good Wife,” “Jane the Virgin”), Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (“The Americans,” “Under the Dome,” “Extant”), James Frey and Todd Cohen serve as executive producers.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Fox Announces Premiere Dates for The Exorcist, Scream Queens Season 2, and Lucifer Season 2

16 June 2016 1:32 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“What fresh hell is this?” Fox has officially set calendar slots for their fall TV schedule, including the premiere dates for The Exorcist, Scream Queens Season 2, and Lucifer Season 2.

Inspired by the 1971 novel and the 1973 film that both bear the same name, The Exorcist will make its series premiere on Friday, September 23rd at 9:00pm Est. Scream Queens, meanwhile, will return for its second season on Tuesday, September 20th at 9:00pm Est, and fans of Mr. Morningstar can watch Lucifer Season 2 debut on Monday, September 19th at 9:00pm Est. Below, we have the official press release with full details:

Press Release: Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.

All-new episodes of Gotham and Lucifer return Monday, Sept. 19. On Season Three of Gotham (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt), the origin story continues and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City. Season Two of Lucifer (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) promises to be a mother of a season, as Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) is tasked with finding his family’s matriarch, while continuing to take down criminals alongside Lapd Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German).

Tuesday nights of comedy begin Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the return of Brooklyn Nine-nine, New Girl and Scream Queens. Entering its fourth season, Brooklyn Nine-nine (8:00-8:30 Pm Et/Pt) returns after a season finale cliffhanger in which Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his by-the-book boss, Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), were forced to enter the federal witness protection program. Then, the sixth season of ensemble comedy New Girl (8:30-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) continues to follow Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the gang as they attempt to find their respective places in the world, while begrudgingly accepting the responsibilities of adulthood – from marriage to career advancement – with often hilarious results.

From award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (“The People V. Oj Simpson: American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story,” “Nip/Tuck”), Brad Falchuk (“American Horror Story,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck”) and Ian Brennan (“Glee”), Season Two of Scream Queens (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) graduates from the college campus and into a hospital with a haunted past, as a new and terrifyingly funny mystery begins. Returning for Season Two are cast members Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin, 2016 Golden Globe Award nominee Jamie Lee Curtis as Cathy Munsch, Lea Michele as Hester Ulrich, Abigail Breslin as Chanel #5, Keke Palmer as Zayday Williams, Billie Lourd as Chanel #3, Glen Powell as Chad Radwell and Niecy Nash as Denise Hemphill. Additional cast members to be announced.

Beginning Sept. 21, Wednesdays are explosive, with the series premiere of Lethal Weapon and the return of Empire. Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, Lethal Weapon (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) follows iconic cop duo Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) and Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Empire (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), broadcast television’s biggest hit, is a powerful drama about a family at the center of a music dynasty. This season, Empire Entertainment founder Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) sets his sights on a new streaming service; as his ex-wife, Cookie Lyon (Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson) pursues a new romantic interest; and his sons, Jamal (Jussie Smollett), Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) and Andre (Trai Byers), struggle with fame and ambition.

All-new episodes of Rosewood return, followed by the series premiere of Pitch, beginning Thursday, Sept. 22. Set against the vibrant backdrop of one of the world’s hottest cities – Miami – medical procedural Rosewood (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) enters its second season as top private pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut) and tough-as-nails Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) solve the Miami Pd’s most challenging cases. Pitch (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) is the dramatic and emotional story of Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”), who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball – under the glare of a white-hot media spotlight. From executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), the inspiring series also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”), Ali Larter (“Legends,” “Heroes”), Mark Consuelos (“Kingdom,” “All My Children”) and Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”).

Friday nights are terrifyingly entertaining, beginning Sept. 23, with the return of Hell’S Kitchen and the series premiere of The Exorcist. Season 16 of Hell’S Kitchen (8:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) welcomes a new batch of ambitious chefs who will brave Chef Gordon Ramsay and his fiery command of the kitchen as he puts them through an intense culinary academy. Then, The Exorcist (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), the series stars Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”), Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” “The Chosen”) and Ben Daniels (“Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”).

Sunday Funday returns beginning Sept. 25, with the season premieres of Emmy Award-winning comedy Bob’S Burgers (7:30-8:00 Pm Et/Pt) and the unprecedented 28th season of The Simpsons (8:00-8:30 Pm Et/Pt), followed by the premiere of hybrid live-action/animated family comedy Son Of Zorn (8:30-9:00 Pm Et/Pt). Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man On Earth, “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers”), Son Of Zorn follows an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean, who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and teenage son (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”). Rounding out the night are the 14th season premiere of creator Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy (9:00-9:30 Pm Et/Pt) and Season Three of the critically acclaimed live-action comedy The Last Man On Earth (9:30-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), created by and starring Emmy Award nominee Will Forte.

Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are Et/Pt):

Monday, Sept. 19

8:00-9:00 Pm Gotham (Season Three Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm Lucifer (Season Two Premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 20

8:00-8:30 Pm Brooklyn Nine-nine (Season Four Premiere)

8:30-9:00 Pm New Girl (Season Six Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm Scream Queens (Season Two Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 21

8:00-9:00 Pm Lethal Weapon (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm Empire (Season Three Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 22

8:00-9:00 Pm Rosewood (Season Two Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm Pitch (Series Premiere)

Friday, Sept. 23

8:00-9:00 Pm Hell’S Kitchen (Season 16 Premiere)

9:00-10:00 Pm The Exorcist (Series Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 25

7:30-8:00 Pm Bob’S Burgers (Season Seven Premiere)

8:00-8:30 Pm The Simpsons (Season 28 Premiere)

8:30-9:00 Pm Son Of Zorn (Series Premiere)

9:00-9:30 Pm Family Guy (Season 14 Premiere)

9:30-10:00 Pm The Last Man On Earth (Season Three Premiere)

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Dwight Yoakam Reunites With Billy Bob Thornton in New Drama 'Goliath'

15 June 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.

Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. »

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TV Review: ‘BrainDead’

13 June 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mary Elizabeth Winstead starring as the morally conflicted heroine of a political drama cooked up by Robert and Michelle King — the creators of “The Good Wife” — sounds like a recipe for success. Even more tantalizing is the idea that the Kings’ summer series, “BrainDead,” explicitly takes on the idea of ideological extremism in a story that combines elements of zombie sagas and alien-invasion tales. Could otherworldly bugs be responsible for the current state of crisis in the nation’s capital? It’s as good an explanation as any, and a better concept than the one driving many other scripted summer offerings. 

So “BrainDead” is more sprightly and appealing than “Zoo” and certainly easier to follow than whatever “Under the Dome” ended up being. But “BrainDead” is highly evasive and unsatisfying on the political front, and its feints at deeper truths are not quite enough to make up for the fact that its world-building (which involves a lot of brain destruction) progresses with the herky-jerky, shambling pace of a newly created member of Club Undead.

Of course, it is a great relief to write the words “semi-apocalyptic scenario” and “amiable” in the same sentence. “BrainDead” aims for a tone of light, zippy farce, and if there’s one thing TV could use more of, it’s light, zippy farces. It could also use more sci-fi allegories about abuses of power and the co-opting of democracy for dark and craven ends. Zombie dramas and alien invasion stories often explore the idea that citizens feel that they’ve lost control of their world and that society is heading down the wrong path; to explore those ideas in a semi-serious satire sounds like an excellent idea.

But “BrainDead” doesn’t lack braiiins, exactly — it lacks a spine. The frustrating thing about this comedic drama is that it takes a breezy “a pox on both their houses” approach to telling its story, which follows a Democratic staffer who frequently tangles with Republican senators and aides. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, “BrainDead” takes no position at all regarding who’s right and wrong about anything. It views Washington — which its characters continually call “this town” — with a mildly a condescending aura of bemused cynicism, and that unwillingness to take any positions at all leaves the story and the characters feeling hollow, malleable and more than a little disposable.

The only real stance the show takes is that, in “this town” or any other, it’s gross to watch someone’s head explode after it’s been taken over by creepy bugs. That’s a bipartisan position that is hard to argue with.

All on her own, Winstead is almost enough of a reason to watch: She has a face and a presence the camera loves, and she’s able to inject pathos and intelligence to her rather thinly written character, a broke documentary filmmaker who reluctantly takes a job working for her senator brother. The only supporting character to leave a substantial impression is Tony Shalhoub, who has a lot of fun playing a hambone senator who undergoes a bit of a transformation. But it’s those very transformations that deprive “BrainDead” much of its potential material: Without getting too specific, the show seems so calculated to avoid causing offense that it’s unclear whether the show has any point of view whatsoever on politics, aside from, “Hey, Washington is a mess, am I right?”

That is a pat cliche that people say in bars and at barbecues. As the basis for an ongoing television series, it’s not much to go on.

This paragraph is a bit spoilery, so if you plan to watch “BrainDead,” you might want to skip it. The bug-driven transformations on the show — which aren’t depicted in the first three episodes with the kind of visual economy that would make them more enjoyable — consist of people becoming more extreme in their beliefs, becoming devotees of healthy juices, and starting to avoid alcohol. That’s it. There’s not much of a difference between “person controlled by a possibly dangerous alien entity” and “neighbor who just came back from a yoga retreat.”

There’s no metaphor beyond the idea that people who are extreme — about juices or budgets or anything else — can be taxing to talk to. Well, sure. But it’s hard not to expect more depth, insight and originality from the writers of classic (and savagely pointed) episodes like “Red Team, Blue Team” and “The Decision Tree.” 

There are many ambiguities baked into the life of a lawyer whose clients were usually entertainingly dodgy private citizens or businesspeople with understandable grievances. The personal was the political on “The Good Wife,” and it was often in straight-up election storylines that the show stumbled and lost its bearings. “BrainDead” could be so much fun — and it has its moments here and there — but it ultimately wants to be all things to all people while “skewering” politics, which leaves it feeling not just light but toothless. It also just doesn’t have a consistently strong grasp on how best to employ sci-fi metaphors. 

BrainDead’s” view of the political scene feels strangely dated, in fact, as if it were an artifact from the “Crossfire” era; characters express nostalgia for an earlier time in which Democratic and Republican senators got drunk together more often. There are a lot of scenes of talking heads arguing on cable-news shows, and though there are references to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, these are just bits of local color of a portrait of Washington, DC, that feels strangely bland and incomplete.

Ultimately, for a show with a lot of zombie flavoring, “BrainDead” too often lacks bite.

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- Maureen Ryan

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BrainDead Season 1 Review

9 June 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Multiple factors could impede your enjoyment of CBS’ new sci-fi/political drama BrainDead. While known to at least somewhat succeed at the latter genre, CBS has been lagging behind with the former. Because of this, to get the most out of BrainDead, you’ll have to be willing to welcome a network that doesn’t exactly have the best sci-fi track record. The show might be a D.C.-set poli-drama that makes ample use of all of the Trump v Clinton v Sanders soundbites that have dominated the media cycle of late, but it’s also got a weird streak and a demented sense of humor. Oh, and spontaneous combustion.

While trying to nail down the format for a few years, CBS has run into trouble gaining traction with fanbases that are amassing in droves to watch Preacher on AMC or even Bates Motel on A&E. »

- Mitchel Broussard

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Netflix Study: You Binge Hard on Thrillers, Go Slower With Comedies

8 June 2016 9:27 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

When you’re Breaking Bad you do it at a breakneck pace, a House of Cards is dealt thoughtfully and a Wet Hot American Summer is best enjoyed leisurely. Such are among the results of a Netflix study measuring how quickly people consume entire seasons of a show, and which types of programs are binged fastest.

RelatedSummer TV Schedule: 110+ Dates to Save in June and July

Analyzing customers’ bingeing of an 100 serialized TV series across more than 190 countries, Netflix found that the median days to complete the first season of a series was five, while the median hours-per-session for completers was 2 hours, »

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