NEW YORK (CBS) – CBS announced today that Aaron Tveit will star in the new comic-thriller, “BrainDead” to be broadcast in summer 2016. 

The series, set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics, comes from Robert and Michelle King, creators and executive producers of “The Good Wife.”

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Tviet will play Gareth, a Republican operative whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatics. The Legislative Director to the top Republican senator, Gareth is smart, hard-working, and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.

“We’re thrilled that Aaron will be joining ‘BrainDead,’” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. “We’re huge fans of his work – he’s spectacular on stage and screen – and think he’ll be a fantastic opponent-slash-love-interest for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.”

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Aaron Tveit’s feature film credits include “Les Miserables” and “Premium Rush.” His television credits include the series “Graceland” and a recurring role on “Gossip Girl.” On Broadway, he originated the roles of Gabe in “Next to Normal” and Frank Abagnale, Jr. in the stage version of “Catch Me If You Can.”

As previously announced, Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star as Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in Washington, D.C. leads her to discover two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.

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