Following its straight-to-series pickup by CBS this summer, upcoming TV series BrainDead has found another patron. The series has already been picked up by Amazon for full streaming rights, long before its scheduled premiere.
Set to debut next summer, BrainDead is one of three new summer series covered by the multi-year agreement. The show follows the story of a young woman just joining Capital Hill as a staffer, only to realize that aliens have landed on the planet and are eating the brains of congressman and co-workers. Hmm, so that’s why nothing is getting done, perhaps?
Creators Robert and Michelle King, the husband-and-wife team behind the popular series The Good Wife, refer to it the new show as The Strain meets The West Wing, with a mix of “genre-pulp and highbrow politics.” Cue the undoubtedly clever real-world undertones beneath the plot. Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Licensing Officer at CBS Corporation, calls the concept for the show “truly original” and “genre-bending,” adding the show will be “one of the most talked about shows next summer by CBS viewers and Prime members.”
Amazon will offer all 13 one-hour episodes of the program to its Prime members four days following the original airing on CBS. The agreement follows the same model as other deals Amazon has already struck with other CBS series Under the Dome and Extant, which have reportedly been successful ventures for the service.
Brad Beale, Vice President of Digital Video Content Acquisition at Amazon, says Prime members have loved being able to access the two aforementioned series shortly after the broadcast.
All three of the new agreements, two more of which have yet to be announced, are effective through 2018. As with other Prime titles, members will also be able to download and view the episodes offline from compatible mobile devices, including iOS, Android, and Fire.