CBS cancelled its BrainDead TV show after just one season. Back in October, we reported the summer series’ cancellation was due to low ratings.
A comedic political thriller, BrainDead starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James, Johnny Ray Gill, Charlie Semine, and Jan Maxwell. Now TV Line reports co-creator Robert King admitted the show was probably not meant for CBS or any broadcast networks.
About the BrainDead TV Show Cancellation
BrainDead follows fresh-faced, Laurel Healy (Winstead), who has returned DC to work for her brother, Senator Luke Healy (Pino) on Capitol Hill. King created the Washington DC political comic-thriller with wife Michelle King.
Here’s more from King, via TV Line:
Speaking to reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, exec producer Robert King was asked what lessons he learned in the wake of the offbeat political dramedy’s demise after just one season.
“Avoid satire,” he responded with a laugh. “It was a show that was trying to be as weird and anti-network as could be, and it was probably a mistake to do that on a network. But I loved that show.”
The one silver lining of BrainDead‘s cancellation: It freed up him and partner Michelle King to take on a larger role (as showrunners) in the forthcoming Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight.
What do you think? Did you watch the first season of the BrainDead TV show? Do you think it might have had a longer run on premium cable or a streaming platform? Sound off in the comments.
It was my favorite show. a perfect explanation for what we’ve seen in our government.
What low ratings? It got 8/10 on imdb.
Nielsen ratings. IMDb ratings don’t translate to revenue.
Brain dead should’ve continued until today. It must come back! c’mon, guys! The Good Fight is really good, but Brain Dead is genius…YOUR genius. Get back to it. Pick it up right where you left off. Get it on HBO or Netflix! GET IT DONE! (Thanks)
Loved Brain Dead. It’s actually happening in 2023
I loved, loved, loved this show. It was different, hilarious and entertaining. It was so good I bought the series on DVD and so hoped there would be a 2nd season. I definitely believe it would have had a longer life had it aired elsewhere. But I am ever so grateful for the first season!
i just finished binge watching this show on paramount plus and was floored that there is no season two to complete the story line… its awful how they left the story up in the air with no ending…. really should bring it back, it would work great on the streaming platform
My whole family (four generations) loved Braindead! We planned around watching it together. If people knew about it, it would have had better ratings. Please bring it back!
Loved Braindead and so disappointed to realize it was only a one season series:( Please bring on a Season 2 anywhere but mainstream.
This show was too accurate to be allowed to continue.
Absolutely love this show. Since the final episode has a ‘hole’ that people think it was obvious. Like, we didn’t get the full story of what happened to other characters beside the main character
We were so disappointed that this series was cancelled. One of the best satires ever produced. It would probably do well on most of the streaming networks, particular now that Don’t Look Up has been such a hit.
We loved that show!
Best show EVER made for TV ! Too bad the network execs have the proverbial sticks up their b****
I thought it was brilliant! Absolutely the best show released in years!