Academy Award Winner Halle Berry to Star in 'Extant'

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October 4th, 2013

Halle Berry

via press release:





    Academy Award winner Halle Berry will star in EXTANT, a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios.  In August, the CBS Television Network announced a straight-to-series order for EXTANT, to be broadcast in summer 2014.


In a thrilling drama, 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.


“There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen EXTANT to expand her illustrious career,” said Steven Spielberg. “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”



“Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as EXTANT,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “Her talent and ability to immerse herself into every performance has created memorable roles that have resonated with audiences everywhere.  It’s a big coup for CBS to have Halle star in her first television series, especially with such an exciting original concept and a role layered with mystery and humanity.”


“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,” said Halle Berry. “I've found amazing partners in CBS's Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, and the incredible Steven Spielberg, along with his Amblin production team, whose vision and creativity in storytelling is unparalleled.”


In addition to EXTANT, Berry and her producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, have entered into a two-year, first look production deal with CBS Television Studios.


Berry won an Oscar in 2002 for her starring role in “Monster’s Ball.”  Her additional feature film credits include playing Storm in the “X-Men” franchise, including the seventh installment, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” to be released in 2014 and she also starred in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” as Jinx. Berry started this year starring in the successful feature film thriller, “The Call,” for Sony/Screen Gems. Berry’s successes on television include her critically acclaimed and award winning role in HBO’s movie, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” which earned her an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award and her critically praised  performance starring in the Oprah Winfrey produced "Their Eyes Were Watching God," which earned her both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award nomination.


EXTANT is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, who wrote the script, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will serve as executive producers.  Halle Berry will serve as co-executive producer.  The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.


Berry is repped by Vincent Cirrincione and CAA.

  • CarShark

    Wow. That’s a big star for a summer broadcast show. Paradigms.

  • Michael

    Wow, usually movie stars, especially actors with a lot of accolades think TV is beneath their stature. Definitely huge for CBS! I’ll definitely give it a try.

  • JJ

    Halle Berry as an astronaut???..LMAO umm ok

  • Matt


  • Oliver

    Wow, that’s a real get for CBS.

  • Ryan

    That is a HUGE star for CBS! Even if this show is awful, it will debut to amazing ratings.

  • tv#1

    She is a great grab for the show and CBS. Hopefully she can help the series do well.

  • cas127

    ““There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen EXTANT to expand her illustrious career,” said Steven Spielberg. “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”

    Jeez, louise, gimme a break…

    Hard to endure the PR after watching sixteen-bazillion repeats of Berry’s subpar 007 film on Showtime 2 last month…

  • cas127

    And I haven’t even mentioned Catwoman, yet.

    (Awaiting blowback from hired PR flacks…3..2..1)

  • Alecia

    I’ll definitely check this out. Hopefully it wont be as dumb as under the dome.

  • karin

    her acting skills,mystery

  • sam

    Sounds like the new movie Gravity only worse……but sexier

  • Shepherd

    Isn’t Amblin the same folks that put out Lucky, I mean
    unlucky .7? I can’t say that I have high hopes for this.

  • TV Viewer Today

    Wow .. Another show from Spielbergs Amblin TV unit .. Can anyone say epic failure? ie : Terra Nova The River Smash Lucky 7 .. EXTANT ? Cant hardly wait..on second thought maybe I can ;)

  • Dan S

    I just saw Gravity & Sandra Bullock was very convincing as an astronaut. If she can pull it off surely Halle Berry can too. I wonder if they’ll pair this show up with UTD ?

  • Bearkat

    So many movie stars are turning to TV
    Anyway good for CBS, this will open up big, but I will have to see the promos before I consider watching

  • Jay

    Wow. The Call was a surprise hit and the new X Men probably will be too – I’m surprised she chose now to go into TV…two years ago maybe, but not now…esp network TV

  • BrieK

    She looks white in that picture (I know she’s biracial, it’s just an observation).

    I think this will be cool, but serialized dramas on broadcast television are rarely successful.

  • steve

    More and more actors are probably realizing that there just aren’t that many quality non-comic-book movies being made anymore, so are switching over to TV where quality drama still exists.

  • charmedcraft

    The good thing about doing these types of shows, is that if they get picked up for syndication, the actors get a check in the mail every time a repeat is aired. It’s a good investment if the show takes off.

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