Danny Pino Latest to Turn BrainDead for CBS

More casting news has come in for CBS’s upcoming summer series “BrainDead” as Deadline reports that Danny Pino (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Cold Case”) will be joining the fray. We also learned today via the network’s press site that Tony Award-winning actress Nikki M. James has signed on to the series.

“BrainDead” is a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C., politics that hails from Robert and Michelle King, creators and executive producers of “The Good Wife.” Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in 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.

Pino (pictured below) will play Luke, Laurel’s older brother, the Democratic Whip Senator from Maryland. James will play Rochelle, a medical resident whose father died as the result of a mysterious infection; she and Laurel team up to learn what happened to her father and protect others from the same fate.

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

“BrainDead” is produced by CBS Television Studios. Robert and Michelle King, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy, and Liz Glotzer will serve as executive producers for CBS Television Studios, Scott Free Productions, and King Size Productions, all of whom previously collaborated on “The Good Wife.” Judy Smith will serve as co-executive producer.

The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

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