Halle Berry TV Series ‘Extant’ Gets a Teaser Trailer

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There’s more than enough quality television programs to choose from on the air right now, with more lined up to begin their newest seasons in the months ahead (Hannibal, Game of Thrones, etc.). But what does the summer have to offer, besides a months-long break for everyone to catch up on their favorite shows – before a whole slew of new series premiere in the fall, that is?

Well, in 2014, one viable option that might be worth investigating is Extant, the CBS series that is being produced by Steven Spielberg and will air during the same weeks as season 2 of the Stephen King series Under the Dome (also backed by Spielberg). The pilot is written and executive produced by Mickey Fisher (Summer Nuts, The Kings of Iron Town) and features Oscar-winner Halle Berry as an astronaut, who readjusts to life on Earth with her family after spending a year living in outer space.

While that premise sounds like the setup for a pretty straight-forward character drama, the newly-released Extant teaser hints at something far more intriguing – with vague mentions of scientific concepts and images that alludes to ideas about the evolution and survival of the human race, including the “Life Always Finds a Way” line that’s right out of Spielberg’s Jurassic Park playbook.

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The Extant synopsis asserts that Berry’s experiences in space (and later on Earth) give rise to developments that will “change the course of human history,” with rumor pointing to Berry’s protagonist becoming pregnant with a child that isn’t altogether human, as a result of mysterious events that transpired beyond the reaches of our planet. That would make sense, given the teaser trailer’s emphasis on the creation of life process.

However, before you go thinking that Extant will be horror disguised as sci-fi in the vein of The Astronaut’s Wife, it’s possible that Berry’s show will go in a different direction. The obvious comparison would be to 2001: A Space Odyssey and the “Star Child” that signals a new beginning for the human race (see: the forming infant in the Extant teaser), but it could be that the show will bear a closer resemblance to the 1999 novel Darwin’s Radio.

In Greg Bear’s Nebula-winning book, a “plague” affecting the female reproductive system causes a global panic, even as a group of scientists unearth evidence that suggests the “virus” may be something else altogether – the key to the next step in human evolution. Similarly, it could be that in Extant, Berry discovers she’s having a child that causes something of a panic over its curious nature, but is ultimately essential to humanity’s future.


Extant premires on CBS on July 2nd, 2014.

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  1. ok fine… i will offer myself to get Halle Berry pregnant

    • Fine…just be sure and use my schnitzel-pretzel to do it with!

  2. Hopefully she’ll come across better on the small screen than she has on the movie screen in recent years.

  3. They’re starting her off pregnant? That doesn’t bode well. Usually they save that for a few seasons down the road after the big wedding episode. This is Spielberg though. He’s gotta have those cute kids in there early.

  4. A pretty lady, though not well-versed at convincingly playing intelligent characters. The move to TV seems odd for her, even if it’s a Spielberg project.

  5. An astronaut? Well, that’s cool…she can send me into orbit anytime!

  6. Halle kind of did things backwards. She started out with an Oscar winning performance and then just got progressively worse with each role

  7. The teaser didn’t really do anything for me. It all seems out of place especially with Berry. She has had a string of bad movies lately so we will see if this streak continues on the TV side. So far I am not impressed

  8. This looks wonderfully great! Hoping just hoping Steven Spielberg that you will bring in Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park as this looks like something that’s right up his alley. “Life always finds a way.”
    That’s what Ian Malcom said in Jurassic Park.

  9. Tte crew on the shoot were very nice. Don’t intend to watch the show.

  10. The IMDB entry says that their son Ethan is created by Halle’s husband, a scientist. That her character is infertile. That her return from a mission in space conducting strange experiments and attempt to resume a relationship with husband and son causes unforeseen results.

  11. i like all her films thus far so i’m pretty sure i will like extant. halle berry is a pretty talented actress big or on smal screen she always brings out her characters to life.

  12. Love sci fi, but this sounds very boring.

  13. I’ll give it five episodes and a cancellation. Always give these shows an obligatory cursory glance. It’s not fair to condemn a show/theme/cast before the first episode is aired. Ten minutes of viewing these series premieres is a sufficient amount of your time to determine whether these newer offerings are worth watching. That’s what I gave “Believe”, until it became apparent to me that the ads–all female products and services–defined the demographic being courted with that material. That series too, was cancelled, as I knew it would be. I’ll give this series a similar snapshot, but it doesn’t look good.

  14. I gave the show my rapt attention. I was rewarded with what passes today for acting. These stylized screenplays and fancy-lighting stage arrangements look too much like a commercial for a 22nd Century Space Buick. The acting LOOKS like acting. They can’t characterize well because they don’t characterize, period. All Halle Berry does is project her one-dimensional-deer-in-the-headlights stare that barely conceals the grin she’s struggling to contain. This show most definitely won’t go the season. If anyone actually figures out what’s occurring within the hackneyed plot, I’ll give them a grinning salute.

  15. Well it has lost me already. Very little science or fiction. Just another soap with a dash of SciFi for background interest. At least it is not a shoot-m-up, zombie type thing. But then again M.A.S.H. and Star Trek didn’t do well the first season either. I am willing to wait and see if it matures.