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Halle Berry Is Doing A Sci-Fi Show About a Female Astronaut For CBS

Houston, I have no problem with this.

What’s Extant, which will premiere on CBS next summer, going to be about? Take it away, official press release:

[Halle] Berry will play an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.”

So where are we getting the “sci-fi” from? “Events that will ultimately change the course of human history” sounds supernatural, sure, but who’s to say it’s not something like a NASA-related government conspiracy? For that we have to travel back in time to August, when a bidding war for Extant‘s spec script was underway. Back then Deadline told us that the show is about “a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way.”

Says Berry:

“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium. For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one.”

Androids. Space travel. (Possible) alien baby. Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment is co-producing. Halle Berry. Not to mention how Extant, with its woman of color lead, will bring some much-needed diversity to television. It’s too early to say whether this show will be any good, but I’m going to go ahead and say that, based on what we know now, there’s not a single thing I don’t like.

(via: Collider)

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  • Randy

    Too bad it has Halle Berry…

  • Anonymous

    “a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way.”

    How could I have missed this incredibly bizarre yet intriguing piece of info?! Am I actually going to have to tune my television to CBS for something other than football or March Madness?

    Sports and alien babies, that’s all CBS is to me right now. Oh, and I guess Elementary and Blue Bloods, but that makes it less bizarre, and that’s no fun.

  • Anonymous

    Halle Berry? Great.
    Sci-fi TV series? Great.
    Spielberg Produced Sci-Fi TV series? Ehhhhh…

    Under The Dome, Terra Nova, Falling Skies and The River. That is not a good track record.

  • Anonymous

    If it’s because of her role as Storm in X-Men or Catwoman-give her another chance. She has a lot of talent. Check out Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

  • Laura Truxillo

    IMHO, I just feel like she’s not a good fit for a sci-fi or nerd-type role. She doesn’t seem to get what makes them appealing.

    But then, this looks more general-humanity-next-Sunday-AD than nerd-type, so…eh?

  • Alyson L

    Taken was da BOMB! I so wish I could find it streaming.

  • Anonymous

    Halle Berry? Ugh. Spielberg? Ugh. Damn, and I almost got excited about this. After the Xmen movies and ruining Storm, I gave her another chance and she blew it with Cloud Atlas and incredibly shoddy acting. And I don’t get it because she was good at one point. But it’s like since she won her Oscar, every time she acts, she is thinking “nah, that’s too subtle, let’s hammer it in for the masses”. Or something.
    Why is it that every time a scifi project comes along on network, it has to be attached to big names with no talent in sight?