Halle Berry will take her first major TV series role in “Extant,” the serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios that CBS greenlit in August. In addition, Berry and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, have entered into a two-year, first look production deal with CBS Television Studios.
In “Extant,” Berry will play an astronaut returning from a year-long solo space mission who tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
“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,” Berry said. “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 CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler: “Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as ‘Extant.’ 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.”
Berry had a supporting role in 1989 ABC half-hour comedy “Living Dolls,” starring Leah Remini, before it was canceled after 12 episodes. Berry’s breakout role in “Jungle Fever” followed in 1991. She also starred in 1993 CBS miniseries “Queen.” Berry won a lead miniseries/movie Emmy for “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” in 2000 and then a lead actress Oscar for “Monster’s Ball” in 2002.
“There’s only one Halle Berry, and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen ‘Extant’ to expand her illustrious career,” Spielberg said. “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.” Spielberg, writer Mickey Fisher, Greg Walker, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will executive produce, with Berry co-executive producer. CBS Studios International will distribute worldwide.
article by Jon Weisman via Variety.com