Friday, October 9, 2015

CBS Cancels 'Extant' After 2 Seasons

CBS has decided to end its original drama series Extant after two seasons, it was announced this afternoon by the network. The final episode aired on September 9, 2015.

"CBS, Halle Berry and the producers have decided to conclude the Extant story after last season's exciting and fitting conclusion," said Glenn Geller, CBS Entertainment president. "Extant played an important role in expanding CBS' 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."

"I am so proud of what we accomplished on Extant," said Berry. "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. I've loved this experience working with such a talented cast and creative team. 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."

Extant was created by Mickey Fisher, with Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro serving as showrunners for Season 2. Additional executive producers were Berry, Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television produced.

The cast for the second season featured Berry, Goran Visnjic, Pierce Gagnon, Grace Gummer, Tyler Hilton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

CBS and Berry have already partnered for a new project in development as well. Stemming from Berry's two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, she will executive produce a legal drama titled Legalease. Written by Steven Lichtman, the drama centers on a biracial lawyer from Chicago who follows a case to New Orleans, where she finds herself partnering with a good o' boy white attorney while working in a particular justice system that will ultimately expose the biases that society harbors. It's important to note that this project is just in development. CBS has not given it a pilot or series order. It could sit in development for years or never be heard from again - or could become the next big hit show.