Halle Berry’s recent stint on the small screen will be coming to an end as CBS has confirmed the cancellation of her sci-fi drama Extant, reports Deadline.
The show, which premiered in 2014, is executive produced by Steven Spielberg. It follows the story of astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) who mysteriously returns home pregnant after a 13-month solo mission in space. Yes, solo.
CBS had initially acquired the show following a bidding war, and gave it a straight-to-series order. The network confirmed the cancellation just a month after season two ended.
Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment, noted that the second season of the show had an “exciting and fitting conclusion” for the series.
In addition to airing on CBS, Extant has been available to Amazon Prime subscribers, where it has reportedly garnered a healthy audience.
This marks the second major summer show that CBS has cancelled thus far this year, the other being Under the Dome. Like Extant, Under the Dome reportedly also performed quite well on Amazon. Both series saw episodes made available on Amazon four days after they aired on traditional TV. They join the growing list of TV shows that seem to work far better in the binge-watching streaming world versus traditional network TV.
CBS, meanwhile, has picked up BrainDead, a horror/comedy from the creators of The Good Wife, and CBS’ other big summer series Zoo has been confirmed to continue.
This does not, however, mark an end to Berry’s relationship with CBS: the Hollywood A-lister has already signed on to executive produce an upcoming drama for the network called Legalease. That show will follow the story of a biracial lawyer who ends up partnered with a lawyer from the “old white boy” club for a case, dealing with a number of biases to which we’ve all become familiar. There’s no word on whether Berry will also star in the show.
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