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It Came From Outer Space

Spielberg Produced Female Astronaut Drama Greenlit by CBS


If Steven Spielberg resume as a director has an equal, it’s his legacy as a producer. Well, at least it is for this fan of Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Freakazoid!, and Tiny Toon Adventures.

Okay, I suppose he’s also produced some live action television that’s made it’s mark, and that’s probably the legacy that CBS is trading on by greenlighting an entire first season of Spielberg’s new show Extant.

From Digital Spy:

Extant is a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space.

Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.

Spielberg will serve as an executive producer for the series, which will be distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.

Extant is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal [themselves] throughout the script,” said Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.

The series will premiere next summer with thirteen episodes, and there isn’t even a pilot yet. It’s hard to tell exactly what sort of science fictional ground the series will tread from the brief description offered so far. Are we going to be drawing connections to Contact, Close Encounters, The X-Files, or is this simply going to be a story about the psychology of exploration and isolation? In any case, a female astronaut in a lead role is certainly enough to grab our attention.

(via Digital Spy.)

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  • Anonymous

    Will she fall in love (obsessively) with another married astronaut and drive cross country to see him while wearing adult diapers so she doesn’t have to worry about stopping to go to the bathroom, and will she take a kidnapping kit with her in case the wife of the astronaut, or the astronaut himself, isn’t happy to see her?
    LookItUp

  • Anonymous

    Nice, this sounds like a genuinely original concept! Looking forward to this.

    …Now, should I be the first person to say that the first sentence has a missing ” ‘s ” after “Speilberg”, and “that’s made it’s mark” should be “that’s made its mark”, and all the “Speilberg”s should be “Spielberg”? Because I hate being That Guy, but well, you know, I just can’t help myself.

  • Thomas Hayes

    Truth really is stranger than fiction.

  • http://chachilovesvinyl.blogspot.com/ SaraLeah

    So it stars Alex Kingston as River Song who after returning to Earth finds a way to go back in time and rescue Amy and Rory and bring them back to the present day to retire in peace with Rory’s dad in their brownstone? Thus actually giving some resolution to their storyline, instead of ending with etchings on a gravestone and a bad crime novel?

    Sorry. When I saw the picture I couldn’t help myself.

  • LifeLessons

    YES!

  • Brian McDonald

    “[M]ystery and surprise” kinda set off some warning bells for me. As much as I love a good mythology show, it’s been pretty obvious that in many cases the solution to the mystery was part of the “surprise” to the writers as much as the viewers.

  • Aaron

    Jeanette Epps is a female African American scientist former CIA astronaut. Do a TV show about that!
    http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/epps-jj.html