Two of CBS’ summertime dramas will be back for additional seasons. The Eye network announced on Thursday that it has picked up the Stephen King-inspired Under the Dome for a third season, while the Steven Spielberg-produced, Halle Berry-fronted Extant will be back for Season 2.
Dome was a bona fide hit when it first bowed in June 2013, drawing 13.5 million total viewers and a 3.3 demo rating. Season 2 premiered to a more modest 9.4 mil/2.1, while its finale drew 7.5 mil/1.8 (and an average grade of “C+” from TVLine readers).
With Live+7 DVR viewing factored in, Dome was the summer’s No. 1 scripted series, averaging 11 million viewers and a 2.7 rating.
Extant premiered this past June to 9.6 million viewers and a 1.6 rating, but by its Sept. 17 finale — and following some schedule-shuffling — had slipped to 5.4 mil/1.0. TVLine readers gave the season as a whole a grade of “C+.”
Helping offset the two series’ pricetags, CBS has a deal with Amazon Prime — for a reported $900,000-per-episode, for each show — to be the exclusive home to streamed episodes.
July 29, 2014
Following two consecutive weeks of ratings declines, CBS’ Extant is getting a new (and improved?) launching pad. Beginning with this Wednesday’s episode, the sci-fi-tinged summer series will air an hour later, at 10/9c, leading out of Criminal Minds repeats.
CBS earlier this summer pulled off a similar switcheroo, placing the new Sunday series Reckless after the established drama Unforgettable. That swap stabilized Reckless‘ numbers while also boosting the Poppy Montgomery starrer.
At last tally, Extant with its third episode drew 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, down a good 30 percent from its debut.
Hopefully this will help with the ratings, as it did with Unforgettable. Really like this new TV Series.
July 17, 2014
CBS has made a bet that it can own Wednesdays this summer with its teaming of veteran reality show Big Brother (2.0/8) and freshman sci-fi thriller Extant (1.5/5). If last night was any gauge, the network might be holding a winning ticket. Now granted, with the exception of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.04) there wasn’t a lot of competition against CBS’ originals. Still, the network easily won primetime both among Adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 rating and 6.54 million viewers. Univision was the second highest rated network with its 1.2/4 result while audiencewise NBC came in the No. # 2 spot with 5.55 million viewers.
Individually, BB at 8 PM was up 5% from its July 9 show while the 9PM Halle Berry starrer series dipped a slight 6% from its heavily promoted debut last week. While down over 1.2 million viewers from those who watched its premiere, the audience of 7.87 million who tuned in for Extant last night made it primetime’s most watched show. Big Brother was the highest rated show of the night. CBS ended the night with a Criminal Minds (1.1/4) repeat.
CBS’ bet seems to also have a healthy dollop of digital afterlife. With Live+3 numbers, last week’s premiere of the Steven Spielberg executive produced CBS astronaut series saw a 37% jump among Adults 18-49 to 2.2 from its Live+SD 1.6 result. In terms of viewers, Extant’s launch rose 24% from 9.58 million to 11.88 million in its DVR life.
July 11, 2014
I would have thought with Halle Berry's attachment to this new TV Series at least the pilot would be a ratings hit. Sadly it wasn't, although the ratings weren't stellar, they were exeptable but nothing more. The pilot was received rather well and hopefully more people will tune in for episode two. See full post below:
Migrating movie stars did very well in today’s Emmy Awards nominations, so this time next year might be very bright for Halle Berry and her new sci-fi thriller Extant (1.7/6). However, sticking to the present for now, while the best debut of the summer so far and the highest rated show of the night, the launch last night of the Steven Spielberg executive produced CBS astronaut series didn’t exactly soar in a 9 PM time slot with only the second hour of So You Think You Can Dance (1.2/4) as original competition.
Compared to CBS’ last big summer drama debut, Under The Dome, Extant was down 48%. Also produced in part by Spielberg and also straight to series, Dome got a 3.2/9 preliminary rating and 13.14 million viewers for its June 24, 2013 premiere. That went up to a 3.3/9 and 13.53 million in the final numbers. Having said that, while similar in many ways to the debut of Extant, which got 9.424 million viewers last night, Under The Dome’s 10 PM premiere also faced off against a much more competitive schedule of the last hour and a bit of the last game of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final on NBC.
Scoring a 3.3/10, the Chicago Blackhawks winning Game 6 hockey match up against the Boston Bruins was a big win for the peacock and helped make the finals the most watched on ice series since 1994. Compared to the 2.1/7 Adults 18-49 final numbers of Dome’s Season 2 debut on June 30, Extant was down 19%. Extant did best the 9.41 million total viewers who watched Dome’s Season 2 premiere. It’s viewership also made the new show the most watched show of last night.
In Extant, Berry plays an astronaut trying to both reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in space and figure out a very strange change in her circumstances. In the lead-up to last night’s debut, the Oscar winner was seemingly everywhere promoting the show. It didn’t seem to pay off. Also, the premiere of Extant was undoubtedly not aided by the relative flatness of its 8 PM lead-in Big Brother (1.9/7). In its third Wednesday broadcast of this season, the veteran reality show was basically steady with the season low tie of last week. Overall CBS was No. #1 in both the demo with a rating of 1.6/6 and viewers with 7.338 million watching.
May 28, 2014
In its continued push to entice UK viewers with first-run series, Amazon Prime Instant Video has acquired exclusive rights to Halle Berry sci-fi thriller Extant. The CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television co-production will air on the service one day after the U.S. broadcast. It launches Stateside on CBS on July 9 and will be available in the UK on July 10.
Subsequent episodes will follow the same pattern. Berry plays an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history. Goran Visnjic, Camryn Manheim, Michael O’Neill, Hiroyuki Sanada, Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer also star. Amazon folded its LoveFilm streaming service into its British website in February, combining it with Amazon Prime to effectively create the UK’s largest digital TV and film streaming provider.
With a catalog of over 15,000 movies and TV episodes, it’s the main rival to Netflix. Among its TV offerings are The Walking Dead and Vikings which are also available the day after their U.S. broadcast. Amazon has pledged to increase its investment in original programming, and made good on the promise when it rode to the rescue of cancelled BBC drama Ripper Street earlier this year. The 3rd season commission started shooting last week in Manchester.
February 11, 2014
Around the time that 24: Live Another Day will be clocking out, Annie Wersching will make her debut in a different summer series — CBS’ Steven Spielberg-produced, Halle Berry-fronted Extant. Premiering Wednesday, July 2, the thriller follows Molly Watts (Berry), an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after returning from a year in outer space. Her mystifying experiences in space lead to events that will no less than change the course of human history.
TVLine has learned that Wersching will recur as Femi Dodd, a member of the Yasumoto Corporation board who endeavors to insure that in our race toward a technologically advanced future, we don’t leave our humanity behind. Her position makes her a powerful adversary to Molly’s husband John (played by ER‘s Goran Visnjic), a developer of humanoid robot prototypes.
Since wrapping her run as 24‘s Renee Walker, Wersching has kept very busy, guesting or recurring on shows such as Castle, Intelligence, NCIS, Dallas, Revolution and Touch (where she was reunited with “Jack Bauer” aka Kiefer Sutherland).
February 1, 2014
The cast of the upcoming CBS' series EXTANT is expanding and most of them already familiar actors. Have to say that I do not really know what to expect from this one on the sci-fi point of view, but I at least hope some 'Gravity' scenes!
Grace Gummer will be aboard CBS’ Extant when it launches this summer. The Newsroom actress will play Julie, who — along with Goran Visnjic’s John — is behind the creation of robot prototypes like Ethan, the son of John and Molly (played by Halle Berry). Extant is a mystery thriller that follows Molly, an astronaut trying to settle back into her home life after a year-long solo mission. Ultimately, her experiences in both space and at home will lead to events that change the course of history.
In addition to playing Jim’s Vassar-obsessed love interest on The Newsroom, Gummer’s resumé includes roles on American Horror Story: Coven, Zero Hour and Smash.
Extant, from CBS Television Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, is scheduled to bow Wednesday, July 2, at 9/8c.
January 30, 2014
ER alum Goran Visnjic is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS‘ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. The serialized mystery thriller centers on Molly (Berry), an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.
Visnjic will play Molly’s husband John Watts. Also cast in the series is Michael O’Neill as Alvin Sparks, a former astronaut who now is the director of the privatized space program. They join previously cast Camryn Manheim. Visnjic most recently starred on ABC’s Red Widow. He is repped by WME and Management 360.
January 15, 2014
There will not be a two-hour Steven Spielberg block on CBS next summer as the network scheduled returning Under The Dome and upcoming Extant, both produced by him, on different nights. Last summer’s breakout Under The Dome will return in its original Monday 10 PM slot beginning June 30.
Hot sci-fi/family drama Extant starring Halle Berry will debut three days later on July 3rd, and air in the Wednesday 9 PM time period. I have to say, really looking forward to this one, really curious how much sci-fi will this series be. We will have to wait for a while, six months or so.
January 9, 2014
Camryn Manheim is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS‘ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. The serialized mystery thriller centers on Molly (Berry), an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. Manheim will play Sam Barton, Molly’s best friend and closest confidant.
This marks Manheim’s first series regular role since another CBS drama, Ghost Whisperer. The actress, who won an Emmy for her role on ABC’s The Practice, also co-starred in the CBS miniseries Elvis, which earned her an Emmy nom, and has done multiple episodes of the networks’ popular crime dramas Criminal Minds and Person Of Interest. She also recurred on NBC’s Harry’s Law, from Practice creator David E. Kelley.
November 9, 2013
Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada, recently seen in The Wolverine, is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS’ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios. Created by Mickey Fisher, it 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.
Sanada will play a wealthy technological genius who put his wealth to work privatizing the world’s space programs into a single entity. The actor — repped by CAA, Axon Entertainment, Lighthouse Entertainment and Sheppard, Mullin — just finished voicing a character in Universal’s Despicable Me Minions spinoff and will next be seen as the chief Samurai Oishi in Universal Pictures’ 47 Ronin and the Weinstein Co’s The Railway Man. Sanada also is on the new Ronald D Moore series Helix, which starts in January 2014 on Syfy.
October 23, 2013
Pierce Gagnon has just been given another chance to show off his acting chops as he’ll be playing Halle Berry’s (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘) son in CBS’s 2014 summer series ‘Extant‘. There’s been a lot of buzz starting go pop up about Berry’s first television show and with such a great child actor to back her up, it should be a great dynamic depending on who is cast in the role of her husband.
Interestingly enough, early information about Berry’s child in the film was that the son that Gagnon will be playing is actually an android child. None of the follow up synopsis have mentioned this so it’s not sure if that has been changed, not all that important to the script, or just being kept under wraps for now.
While still a relatively new actor, Gagnon made it big working with Bruce Willis (‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For‘) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (‘The Dark Knight Rises‘) in ‘Looper‘. After seeing his work on that film, I’d love to see what else Pierce can do and am glad to see him sticking with the science fiction genre. If his quality of acting stays that high, he should have years of successful work ahead of him.
Are you looking forward to seeing Hally’s character playing across from Gagnon as an android? Do you think their dynamic will change with what Halle’s experience in space (possible pregnancy from an alien species)?
‘Extant’ will star Halle Berry and is being produced by Steven Spielberg for a Summer 2014 release.
October 4, 2013
Halle Berry is making a big move to the small screen. The Academy Award-winning actress has been tapped to star in Extant, a new sci-fi drama slated to bow on CBS in summer 2014.
From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, the 13-episode thriller centers on an astronaut (Berry) who, following a year-long solo mission, attempts to settle back in to her everyday life. Ultimately, her experiences in both space and at home will lead to events that change the course of history.
“There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career,” Spielberg said Friday in a statement. “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.”
Berry’s Oscar win came in 2002 (for Monster’s Ball); she also took home the Emmy in 2000 for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge), and scored a second nomination in 2005 (for Their Eyes Were Watching God).
In addition to the new series, Berry and her producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, have entered into a two-year, first look production deal with CBS Television Studios.
This is a real surprise, Halle Berry doing tv! This makes this project extra interesting. Slated for the summer 2014 a long with CBS's other summer hit "Under the Dome".
August 8, 2013
CBS has issued a straight-to-series order for a serialized sci-fi-esque drama set to debut in the summer. In a bid to strike Under the Dome-style gold once more, the Eye Network has skipped the pilot process and ordered 13 episodes of Extant, a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after a year in outer space.
According to the network’s official announcement on Wednesday, the protagonist’s experiences “lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.”
The series will be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, which also produce the wildly popular Dome. Extant is scheduled to bow in summer 2014, coinciding with Dome‘s recently ordered second season.