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.”
“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.