The first set of promotional pictures for CBS’s “BrainDead” have just been released! Courtesy of Mashable, you can now find eight new photos in the gallery that feature the cast in front of an American flag and spraying bug repellent. Well, everyone has a can… except for Aaron Tveit’s character, Gareth. Anyone else concerned? Or do you think it was just a creative decision for the shoot? We may just have to wait to find out when “BrainDead” airs on June 13th.
— BrainDead (@BrainDeadCBS) May 10, 2016
Although there have been a couple other teaser trailers released for CBS’s upcoming comic-thriller “BrainDead,” the latest shows a bit more of Aaron Tveit. Playing the role of Gareth, we even get to see a hint of romance between his character and Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). As a teaser implies, the trailer is brief — so hopefully we’ll get a full-length trailer and even clips soon.
While we wait for a release date for Stereotypically You, we can at least read Aaron Tveit’s thoughts on the upcoming romantic-comedy he stars in. Talking to Collider, he addresses what drew him to the role and why it isn’t like other rom-coms, including showing the process of love and discovery from a man’s perspective.
Although this interview primarily focuses on Stereotypically You, there’s also some chatter about Aaron’s new CBS show, “BrainDead,” as well as the incredibly successful presentation of Fox’s “Grease: Live.” Read an excerpt below before heading to the source for more.
This is not the kind of romantic comedy where everything is wrapped up neatly with a bow. Was that also appealing to you?
TVEIT: Yeah, and I think that’s something Ben also really wanted to convey. Even though the film goes out of reality, the real reality of the movie is realistic. Things don’t always tie up in a nice bow. Even when you make strides with people and relationships, it’s complicated. Life doesn’t move in a linear fashion. Life makes lefts and rights, and it doubles back. What I also really liked about Ben’s script is that Charlie is okay, but he’s not riding off into the sunset with a new girl, which is another way that it doesn’t fall into cliche.
Just because “Grease: Live” is over doesn’t mean the media is done talking about the critically acclaimed television event. Earlier today, Aaron Tveit appeared on Access Hollywood Live to give more deets on the ambitious production — like the pressure of costume changes (particularly just before and during “Those Magic Changes”) and how they rehearsed a potentially different opening just fifteen minutes before showtime because of the testy weather.
In the second half of the interview – which you can view by continuing below – they discuss Stereotypically You and a little bit of Aaron’s upcoming CBS comic-thriller, “BrainDead.”
From the cancellation of “Graceland” to the immediate casting in CBS’ “BrainDead,” Aaron Tveit has experienced an “emotional rollercoaster” in recent months, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Although this new-ish interview was released before “Grease: Live” (and consequently talks about the then-upcoming live telecast), it delves pretty thoroughly into Aaron’s other television-based work.
After the abrupt cancellation of USA’s “Graceland” last year, fans were left in the dark as to what a possible fourth season might entail. Aaron finally gives some insight on what the writers were planning, which included searching for Jakes. Additionally, we learn some more about the upcoming comic-thriller Aaron will be starring in – “BrainDead” – and what attracted him to the role in the first place. “He’s not a kid,” he said of his character, Gareth. “This is a young man who’s already in his prime so I’m excited to do that.”
Read an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source for the full piece:
You have a big year coming up with “BrainDead,” which you signed up for right after “Graceland” was canceled. What was that time like between gigs?
It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster because I did “The Good Wife” years ago; so they had called saying that they were interested in me and sent me the “BrainDead” script, and I loved it. But at that time, we were fairly confident that “Graceland” was going to get picked up and we thought the pick-up was imminent so I said I was unavailable. They saw some people and then they came back about a month later and it just worked out. We literally thought “Graceland” was going to get picked up any day, but I told them, I’m going to come in anyway. They knew full and well that “Graceland” might get picked up and then, the day that “Graceland” got canceled is when I was in the room with them; so it was just one of those things that there just seemed to be something else looking out, and it just seemed meant to be in the way it all worked out.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Aaron Tveit is featured in OUT Magazine, on a one-page spread that focuses primarily on Grease. In the article, he talks about Danny Zuko in particular — and how he plans on making the role his own, despite the public’s close association to John Travolta’s take. There’s also a brief mention of his upcoming CBS television series, “BrainDead.” With a description being a “mix of ‘The West Wing’ and Invasion Of The Body Snatchers,” it’s easy to look forward to the new show! Check out the full article in the image above.
Aaron Tveit fans no longer need to sing the “Graceland” blues: he has been tapped to star in CBS’s upcoming comic-thriller, “BrainDead.” The original series is created by Robert and Michelle King of “The Good Wife,” who also serve as producers and writers on the project.
Filling the role of Gareth, Aaron will showcase some of his comedic chops. Gareth is described as “the legislative director to a top Republican senator whose wit is only trumped by his pragmatism.” He’s also described as “smart, hardworking, and ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.” Mary Elizabeth Winstead has already been cast to play Laurel, the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty and love interest to Gareth.
Of Aaron’s casting, the Kings stated they are “thrilled that Aaron will be joining ‘BrainDead.’ 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.”
Per Variety, “BrainDead” follows a young Hill staffer – Laurel – recently employed in Washington DC to assist her brother, the senate majority whip, at his office. There, she discovers that the government has stopped working — and that alien spawn have been eating the brains of congressmen and other Hill staffers. If that sounds inspired, it’s because the Kings hope the genre crossover will allow them to best address current news and events.
“We wanted to do a show that was a mix of genre-pulp and highbrow politics; ‘The Strain’ crossed with ‘The West Wing,'” the Kings said in a statement for the announcement of the series back in July. “It seemed like the best way to address the news today — not straight, but as the opening act of a horror movie.”
With a straight-to-series order, “BrainDead” will have thirteen one-hour episodes off the bat; it is scheduled to premiere in summer 2016.