I shouldn’t be surprised. This happens all the time, much to my disappointment: seems like original and inventive TV shows are always canned early on during their run. It is an occurrence that is happening more and more often, too. I understand the need for ratings, but I wish quality of content mattered as well.
A recent victim of the cancellation axe is BRAINDEAD, a dark comedy set in Washington D.C. that involves politicians and the alien bugs that are overtaking them. While this concept might sound like nonfiction with the way things are going these days, the show is a welcome and humorous relief. And despite the fact it is not returning for Season 2, it is still definitely worth checking out.
If you are not familiar with BRAINDEAD, Season 1, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of CBS Entertainment:
Set in Washington D.C., Braindead follows a young, struggling documentary filmmaker Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as she takes a job working with her brother, Senator Luke Healy (Danny Pino). She soon discovers there’s more to Washington than meets the eye. As tensions grow amongst political parties, so does a conspiracy involving alien bugs replacing the brains of several members of Congress. The investigation unfolds while the infection spreads. Whatever is happening, it’s clear this isn’t politics as usual.
Part of what makes this show so great is the cast. I love Mary Elizabeth Winstead in any role she plays. And I’ve enjoyed Danny Pino’s work for a long time, watching him for several seasons on Law & Order: SVU. Throw in Tony Shalhoub, and you’ve got an all-star cast that meshes well and helps the series shine.
Each episode of BRAINDEAD is shot well and looks great from a production standpoint. I am assuming the show was actually filmed in D.C. because of all the landmarks, but I cannot confirm that. If these locales are only sets, they appear amazingly accurate in detail.
The plotline of the show is the big winner, though. Rife with underlying themes and subtle societal commentaries, the series is filled with tension, intrigue, and dark comedy. There’s truly something for everybody here. Even if you don’t like politics, this show will still draw you in and keep you enthralled. Just remember to keep in mind it is not coming back for another season…at least not on its previous network.
BRAINDEAD is a major win for me, and I’m seriously considering a petition to Netflix or Hulu to try and pick it up for further episodes. But regardless of whether or not it returns, I highly recommend giving Season 1 a look. It hits store shelves next Tuesday, so make a note.