Extant has run its course. In what is being hailed as a mutual decision between star Halle Berry, the producers and CBS, the network has cancelled the sci-fi drama after two seasons. CBS will be staying in business with series lead Berry however, as they’ve signed a development deal with the actress, which will see her serve as an executive producer on a new legal drama that is now in the works.
“CBS, Halle Berry and the producers have decided to conclude the Extant story after last season’s exciting and fitting conclusion,” said Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment. “Extant played an important role in expanding CBS’s lineup of original scripted programming in the summer. We are proud of the show’s success on the Network, as well as its popularity on Amazon Prime Video. We also want to thank the incomparable Halle Berry for her commitment and support for the series, and look forward to working with her on our next project together.”
The sci-fi thriller was the hottest project in Hollywood at one point, which every broadcast network chasing the spec-script from Mickey Fisher. With Berry attached the project seemed like a winner but the show stumbled out of the gate, never really finding an audience. It swung a second season pick up for no other reason than the “summer model” pioneered by Under The Dome that meant, despite the ratings, CBS was registering a profit on Extant from day one.
With the ratings woes in mind, the show underwent a creative reboot, saying goodbye to regulars Michael O’Neill, Camryn Manheim, Hiroyuki Sanada and Goran Visnjic. Jeffery Dean Morgan and David Morrissey joined the cast for season two, which had a heavier focus on Berry’s character. The changes were not enough, however, with season two once again drawing only OK ratings, leading to today’s decision. With both Under The Dome and Extant having wrapped their runs, CBS only has one returning Summer series, the James Patterson adaptation Zoo.
“I am so proud of what we accomplished on Extant. This season seemed such a natural place to end Molly’s journey that I, along with CBS, felt it best served the story to leave it there”, Halle Berry said in a statement. “It was my first foray into episodic television, and I’m excited to continue my relationship with CBS, producing more compelling stories through my 606 Films production banner.”
Halle Berry’s legal drama project, which she will executive produce, has now been put into active development at CBS. Titled Legalease, the hour-long drama from CBS Television studios follows a biracial lawyer from Chicago who follows a case to New Orleans, where she finds herself partnering with a good ol’ boy white attorney while working in a justice system that will ultimately expose the biases that society harbors. Steve Lichtman is penning the script and executive produces alongside Berry, Dan Thomas and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.