CBS Sends BrainDead and American Gothic to an Early Grave, Cancels Both After First Season

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"The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens when Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis" -- Laurel discovers the secret to driving the bugs out of a person\'s brain and tests the tactic on her father. Armed with new knowledge, Laurel and Gareth attempt to expel the Queen bug out of Red\'s head once and for all, on BRAINDEAD, Sunday, Sept. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Laurel Healy and Aaron Tveit as Gareth Ritter Photo: Michael Parmelee/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Another summer season ends and another batch of summer series die with the first chill of autumn. According to Variety, CBS has cancelled two of its freshman titles BrainDead and American Gothic, which both premiered last June. If you missed the series, BrainDead is a political satire that involved both alien bugs and some highly unusual “previously on” segments, while America Gothic is a show about a secret serial killer and not about that famous painting with the dreary-looking couple and their pitchfork. Neither series received high ratings, but the summer is not traditionally a good season for television numbers.

CBS Cancels BrainDead and American Gothic