Proving that TV continues to provide fertile ground for film actors seeking to stretch themselves, Halle Berry is making the leap to the small screen for CBS’ upcoming “Extant.”
The network announced on Friday (Oct. 4) the the Academy Award winner has joined the serialized drama from Steven Speilberg that is set to broadcast in summer 2014. In the series, 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. However, her experiences in space and home lead to events that will ultimately 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,” Spielberg said in a statement. “As she does with everything she touched, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”
“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,” Berry added. “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.”
“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.”
“Extant” may be Berry’s first starring role on TV, but the actress got her start on the medium as part of the ensemble on ABC’s short-lived “Who’s the Boss?” spin-off, “Living Dolls,” in 1989. She also appeared in a handful of episodes on CBS’ “Knots Landing” in 1991.
In addition to her starring role in the series, Berry and her producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, have entered into a two-year, first-look production deal with CBS Television Studios.
“Extant” was ordered straight to series in early August, skipping the pilot process and receiving 13 episodes. The series is expected to air alongside Season 2 of breakout summer hit “Under The Dome.”
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