I love watching political dramas, but it’s rare that political dramas (or satires, or comedies) ever intersect with speculative fiction. Aside from the brave president gunning down some space invaders, we don’t usually get a show about the inner workings of American politics which also includes aliens. That’s why I was so excited to hear about CBS’s summer show BrainDead. Not only does it boast a stellar cast, it also posits that gridlock in Washington is a result of brain-eating alien zombies. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, I’d like to posit that BrainDead suffers a little from the zombie infection itself.
The question above is one that I ask myself on a regular basis. Obviously, there will always be a market for science fiction. Heck, SyFy is still bringing in high numbers regularly, and its original programing is quite good. Other cable networks, like TNT, have one or two sci-fi shows packaged into their lineup, while the big stations like Fox and NBC usually have one new sci-fi show a cycle. ABC’s Once Upon a Time is kicking butt right now, and is putting up good numbers despite currently fighting Sunday Night Football for ratings.
However, I consider Once Upon a Time to be an exception, and I worry for its future, particularly since the “Big Four” networks, CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox, all seem pretty disinterested in sci-fi and fantasy programing.