Extant is the new TV series that Halle Berry will be headlining over at CBS.
Berry has all but disappeared from the movie circuit after receiving an Oscar for Best Leading Actress in 2002, the first (and only) black woman to do so. While she’s done various films here and there like Frankie & Alice, Movie 43, and – mostly recently – The Call, they’ve all been critically panned failures. Her next movie gig is in X-men: Days of Future Past, where she will be reprising her role as Storm, but her screentime will most likely be very short.
So a move to network television does seem like the natural progression for Berry’s career. In Extant, Berry plays an astronaut who has just returned home after a year in space and tries to reconnect with her family. Berry’s experiences “change the course of human history.” At this year’s TCA, it was reported that “Halle Berry comes back from solo mission in space carrying unknown alien baby who poses threat to android son.” Despite some of the bizarre sci-fi elements of the show, given Steven Spielberg’s involvement as executive producer, this could all be very cool. In any case, it’s nice to see another woman – and another black woman at that – lead a network show.
Co-starring are Pierce Gagnon (you may remember him as the creepy telekinetic kid from Looper), Camryn Manheim, and Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada (Helix, 47 Ronin, The Wolverine, Sunshine).
The short teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much, but it’s the only thing we’ve got so far. Here it is:
Extant will premiere this summer on CBS.