Newswire: Tony Shalhoub to play a crazy alien Republican on CBS’s BrainDead

Tony Shalhoub—no stranger to playing either secretive aliens or the fun kind of mentally ill—has been cast in a leading role in CBS’s upcoming political horror comedy BrainDead. Shalhoub will play a hard-drinking Republican senator whose sudden transformation into a “health-conscious” extremist presumably has something to do with the show’s alien takeover of Capitol Hill (and not the usual mid-50s heart attack responsible for so many briefly overturning leafs). Also, his character’s name is Red Wheatus, a development we’re just going to quietly thank creators (and The Good Wife execs) Robert and Michelle King for, right now.

Thanks, guys.

Anyway, Shalhoub joins a cast that also includes Aaron Tveit, Danny Pino, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who’s set to play a documentarian working to expose the fact that numerous members of the House and Senate have had their brains devoured by an extraterrestrial threat …

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