‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Danny Pino Joins CBS’ Summer Series ‘BrainDead’

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Danny Pino - Law & Order SVUDanny Pino is heading to Washington, D.C.

The former Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star, who exited the NBC procedural at the end of last season, has signed on for a series regular role on BrainDead, CBS’s newest Summer series which hails from CBS Television Studios and The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.

Created by Robert and Michelle King, BrainDead follows Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer whose first job in Washington, 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.

Danny Pino will play Luke, Laurel’s older brother and the junior Senator from the state of Maryland, who also serves as the Senate Whip for the democratic party. The role brings Pino back to CBS, where he starred in Cold Case from 2003 – 2010. His casting was first reported by Deadline.

Pino is the latest actor to board BrainDead since it got a series order at CBS back in July. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Returned) was previously cast as fresh-faced Capitol Hill staffer Laurel; while, shortly after the cancellation of his USA Network drama Graceland, Aaron Tveit was cast as Gareth, the smart, hard-working Legislative Director to a top Republican senator who is ultimately responsible for helping to save the world.

BrainDead is being produced by CBS Television Studios, with Robert and Michelle King, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy and Liz Glotzer executive producing. Judy Smith will serve as co-executive producer. Under a three-series deal using the “unique” Summer model pioneered by Under The Dome, Amazon Prime has already secured US streaming rights to the series, which will premiere in 2016

  • Michael Goldman

    I wish Danny Pino the best of luck. NBC and SVU did him wrong.

  • Michael Goldman

    BRAINDEAD isn’t about the NBC executives who think The Mysteries of Laura should be renewed for another season? Or all the TV viewers who think The Mysteries of Laura should be renewed for another season?