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  • David Buchanan
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    BrainDead, a new political satire from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, premieres on Monday, June 13 on CBS.

    The series stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Tony Shalhoub, Jan Maxwell, Aaron Tveit, Nikki M. James, Danny Pinto, Johnny Ray Gill, and Charlie Semine.

    Any Good Wife fans from Gold Derby going to be checking this out?

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    Tom Scavo
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    Absolutely!

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    David Buchanan
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    Episode: The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century

    Synopsis: Laurel returns to Washington, D.C. to work for her brother, Senator Luke Healy on Capitol Hill, and she quickly becomes caught in the midst of a government that has stopped working due to budgetary disagreements, and a mysterious disease affecting the brains of a growing number of Congress members and Hill staffers.

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    babypook
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    I’ll keep an eye out for this one, to see if it actually goes somewhere, or makes me want to put my foot through the television screen.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    Yeah… it can go either way. 🙂 I’m totally down with political satire, but will this be Veep with zombies? Checking it out, for sure.

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    David Buchanan
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    I thought the premiere was quite enjoyable, if not a bit stilted. The tone seemed to wildly shift from tongue-in-cheek horror camp to a more traditional political drama. I think walking that fine line will prove the biggest challenge for the series. I liked each of the individual cast members introduced this week, and there are many more good ones to come. Mary Elizabeth Winstead makes a strong first impression as the protagonist, as does Aaron Tveit. I love that Tony Shalhoub will get to do some major scenery-chewing, too.

    Also, hearing David Buckley’s score without seeing The Good Wife characters and title card hit me like a ton of bricks! Here’s hoping he scores the spin-off.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    I loved the concept (braindead politicians? yes!), but the execution left something to be desired. Don’t think I’ll continue with this one. I did have a dream last night, of invading ants… but not sure that’s a good thing.

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    mikeboy898
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    Watched the premiere and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! And this is coming from someone who has never watched an episode of The Good Wife (but has watched every single episode of Veep, ever)

    The premise is very odd – but weirdly charming. It has deftly balanced horror and political satire. I’ll stick with this one. It’s a great summer show.

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    vinny
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    So the minute I found out that Detective Amaro (aka Danny Pinto….my fav law and order svu actor ever) was in it as well as Tveit I had to watch. So last night at 1AM cuz I cant get sleep because of my sprained ankle I watched it. It’s pretty good and premise definitely could have gone 1950s/60s horror movie if done wrong but it didn’t thank goodness. I’m impressed by this show. My grade: B+

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    David Buchanan
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    Episode: Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown – A Critique

    Synopsis: Laurel continues to investigate the mysterious changes and deaths she’s been witnessing, while bugs continue to infect more citizens of Washington.

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    David Buchanan
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    Episode: Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps

    Synopsis: Laurel’s investigation continues as another bizarre death occurs on live television; Luke attempts to cover up his affair before Ella can use it against him.

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    David Buchanan
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    Is anybody keeping up with this show? I recently caught up myself and I thought the most recent episode was the best yet. I think they’re settling into their tone, keeping the show light and entertaining despite the politicking. The cast also has great chemistry, particularly Winstead and Tveit, and I love Shalhoub and Maxwell in their roles, too. Johnny Ray Gill’s character feels like this series’ version of Kalinda from The Good Wife as the mysterious, unassuming, detective-type.

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    GusCruz
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    I only watched the pilot and will eventually catch up. Biggest problem for me is that this shouldn’t be 40 minutes long. It’s a comedy. Shalhoub is the best thing about it.

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    Episode: Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate

    Synopsis: Laurel and Rochelle try to convince Laurel’s friend to undergo an MRI so they can study her brain; Luke attempts to reopen the government by secretly negotiating with the Republicans.

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    vinny
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    Ok so I’m all caught up (couldn’t get sleep and was watching at midnight).

    “Playing Politics” : I give this one a solid B.
    “Oxes” : A+
    “Grassroots” : A+

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