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CBS Cancels ‘BrainDead’ and ‘American Gothic’

Only 'Zoo' Will Remain in Production of the Three Original CBS Summer Series

On the heels of the three new fall series pickups comes word from CBS that summer dramas “BrainDead” and “American Gothic” will not be continuing. Both aired for only one season and only “Zoo” will remain in production of the three original scripted dramas on CBS this past summer.

“BrainDead” debuted in June to over 4.5 million viewers but lost steam throughout its13-episode run with the final episode on Sept. 11 bringing in just 2.15 million viewers. And “American Gothic” also struggled to find an audience with its highest-rated episode bringing in just under 3.6 million viewers.

“BrainDead” Robert and Michelle King are now busy with the upcoming untitled “The Good Wife” spin-off on CBS All Access.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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