“Astronaut Molly Woods went on a 13-month solo mission. She did not return alone.”
CBS’ newest sci-fi drama series certainly has a powerful tagline, but if that didn’t catch your attention, surely its trailer will.
Created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Extant is a futuristic thriller about Molly Woods’ (Halle Berry) struggle to reconnect with her family following her re-entry to Earth from her 13-month solo mission. The cast looks extremely promising: Goran Višnjić (ER) plays Molly’s husband John, child actor Pierce Gagnon (Looper) stars as their humanoid robot son, and Hiroyuki Sanada (Revenge) plays the mysterious Yasumoto, head of a giant tech corporation.
Although this isn’t Berry’s TV debut, it’s likely to be more popular than Living Dolls, her first sit-com that aired in fall 1989 on ABC. Well-known for her acting in films and for being the first, and only, African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress (Monster’s Ball), Berry’s newest flick certainly shouldn’t disappoint. CBS seems to think so too, ordering 13 episodes straight-to-series and bypassing the pilot stage.
Apart from the chilling premise that Berry’s character has somehow managed to conceive a child while alone in space, the fact that her son on Earth is actually a human robot opens up so many possible areas of discussion including his apparent concern about human extinction. Extant will have more than enough to explore in its first 13-episode season amidst Molly’s mysterious pregnancy, her robot son and the tech corp that seems to be hunting her down.
Extant premiered on July 9th, and airs every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern/ 8pm Central on CBS.