It's not often that Academy Award-winning actors go back to series television--especially fairly young ones who are only a couple of years removed from being referred to as "A-list."
That's just what X-Men: Days of Future Past star Halle Berry is doing, though; she's just inked a deal to star in Extant, a new CBS sci-fi epic that recently bypassed the pilot stage and got a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes.
Deadline reports that the series, produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios, centers on an astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will 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. “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.”
CBS are referring to the series as "an event project," but that's how they talked about Under the Dome, as well, before everyone signed on for more episodes and the show got a second season order.
“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,” Berry said. “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.”