Of all the new TV series coming our way this summer, CBS’ drama Extant is one of the most interesting. It’s also the only one with multiple Academy Award-winners among the creative team. We’re talking, of course, about producer Steven Spielberg and star Halle Berry. But that’s not all it has going for it, there’s also space, aliens, and robots in the mix, and that’s enough to get our attention. The fact that it’s spooky, atmospheric, and full of X-Files style mystery and conspiracy is just icing. Check out this short new teaser trailer to see what we mean.
Astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) has been out in space by herself for more than a year. After an excursion like that, you have to assume that there will be a significant period of adjustment, mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. But that’s not all, as you can see from this short video, there’s so, so much more going on, and the situation is way more complicated than they first appear.
See, Molly is married, but, unable to conceive, her husband John (Goran Visnjic) built a creepy android replacement child, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon). He may look like a real live boy, but he’s got that monotone eeriness you expect of artificial children in movies or TV. But when she comes back, supposedly after being completely and utterly alone, Molly is knocked up. Hmm, how did this happen? It looks like her mission wasn’t quite as solo as everyone believed. But who is that hunky guy touching her belly as she floats beyond the bounds of Earth’s atmosphere? Best guess, he’s some kind of alien, or at least some kind of government agency seems to think that she encountered an otherworldly being during her mission.
So was she having some kind of hot, intergalactic hook up in her space shuttle? Or is this the miracle that Molly and John have been waiting years for, a child of their very own? Whatever the case, the results will reportedly have significant ramifications for the human race and shape the course of our collective future. No pressure or anything.
Extant touched off a bidding war last year when the property first came on the market, and it eventually landed at “America’s most watched network.” Spielberg’s Amblin Television is co-producing the series with CBS Television Studios, and he will produce along with Greg Walker, Justin Falvey, Daryl Frank, and Mickey Fisher, who also wrote the script. The show premiere’s Wednesday, July 2 at 9:00 pm.