Academy Award-winner Halle Berry is making her debut on the small screen. She will be doing it with the help of a big screen icon. Steven Spielberg will be executive producing the new series “Extant” for CBS, which is scheduled to debut on July 9. CBS is extremely high on the project. In fact, they were so enthusiastic that they ordered 13 episodes of the series without seeing a pilot first. This is a move seldom made by a network involving the type of show with the production costs that “Extant” is expected to have. This is an example of the incredible power that Spielberg’s name carries in show business. Just having his name attached to the project got it greenlit without the need to shoot an expensive pilot that may or may not have been picked up.
The first trailer for the series leaves viewers with more questions than answers, which is probably the point. Berry plays Molly Woods, an astronaut who returns home after a 13-month solo mission in space. However, upon returning, she is shocked to discover that she is pregnant. This is when the trailer starts to bombard us with information from all angles. Molly claims she accidentally deleted important video footage from the space station that could give insight into her pregnancy. We learn that her son is a robot that was invented by her husband. Her son makes an ominous prediction regarding the extinction of the human race.
The trailer also shows a man appear on Molly’s space station. Who is he? Could he be the father of her child? If not, does he know who is? Is he human? A voiceover during the trailer features a man saying rather ominously, “We were hoping for contact. If they’re here, we’re way out of our depth.” It is widely speculated that the “they” mentioned in the trailer refers to aliens. This has led to the theory that Molly’s child could be of alien origin. The series also stars Grace Gummer (American Horror Story) and Goran Visnjic (ER). Amblin Entertainment, which is owned by Steven Spielberg, will be handling the production duties.