After turning down multiple series roles like “Homeland” (Showtime) and “Hostages” (CBS) for nearly 25 years, CBS was finally able to crack Oscar-winner Halle Berry’s “no” binge with the lead role in their new show “Extant,” also securing a two-year first-look deal between herself, her producing partner, and CBS Studios.
According to Deadline, “Extant” is developed by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios and stars Berry as an astronaut returned from a year-long solo space mission to return to a normal life with her husband and son. But her time in space definitely affects her time at home, and apparently her actions “will change the course of human history.”
So why did Berry finally relent? I’m guessing the Spielberg name had a lot to do with it, as he himself said, “There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen “Extant” to expand her illustrious career. 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.”
Berry herself says that something about “Extant” clicked for her and she’ll enjoy the role as it keeps her working while giving her a nice seven months off a year to do other projects.
“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.”
Guess we’ll see how it plays out when this 13-episode straight to series order airs next summer! Thoughts on Berry making the move to TV?
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