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Amazon snags streaming rights for new CBS comedy ‘BrainDead’

The competition is heating up.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Oct 1, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:22 pm CDT

A new CBS series about aliens eating politicians’ brains is getting an exclusive home on Amazon

The streaming site’s in-season licensing deals with Under the Dome and Extant have paved the way for even more CBS content, and today the companies announced a “multi-year, multi-series agreement to make Prime Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for three new CBS summer series through 2018.” 

That third new series is BrainDead—which debuts next summer—a political comedy from the producers of The Good Wife. Its premise: Aliens have eaten the brains of several members of Congress. Amazon Prime members will be able to stream new episodes just four days after air. 

This deal will also open up CBS and Showtime’s catalog to Prime members, and include access to the original Twin Peaks, The L Word, and I Love Lucy.  

Amazon’s competitor, Netflix, just nabbed exclusive streaming rights to How to Get Away With Murder, Jane the Virgin, and Zoo, and Hulu picked up The Last Man on Earth, highlighting just how essential monetizing TV content has become for streaming sites.  

Illustration by Jason Reed 

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*First Published: Oct 1, 2015, 1:12 pm CDT