Halle Berry to Star in CBS Summer Drama

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An Oscar winner is headed to CBS.

The network just announced via press release that Halle Berry will anchor Extant next summer, a serialized drama from Steve Spielberg that will feature the star as an astronaut who returns home fro a year-long solo mission in pace.

But her experiences there - and her subsequent ones at home with her son and husband - lead to event that will change the course of mankind.

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“There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen EXTANT to expand her illustrious career,” said Spielberg. “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.”

Extant skipped the pilot process and was ordered straight to series by CBS in August. It will premiere in the summer of 2014.

“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. 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,” said Berry.

“I've found amazing partners in CBS's Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, and the incredible Steven Spielberg, along with his Amblin production team, whose vision and creativity in storytelling is unparalleled.”

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