May 1, 2014 at 6:07 am #316894
Halle needs a hit and I hope this is it, but I remain pretty doubtful.May 2, 2014 at 11:58 am #316895
I hope it’s good! Or at least a success like Under The Dome.May 4, 2014 at 10:49 am #316896
Will be happy to give this a shot. This could be a perfect summer series.July 4, 2014 at 11:38 am #316898
That story was good. Weird moment when Tassler of CBS touched Berry’s face! Lol.July 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm #316899
I kinda am very excited for this show. It looks just the right amount of creepy and interesting for me to watchJuly 5, 2014 at 8:13 am #316900
The critics for the show are ok. Berry has been getting great notes.July 7, 2014 at 9:57 am #316901
TV Review: “Extant”
July 7, 2014 | 08:00AM PT
TV Columnist @ blowryontv
“Extant” feels a bit like a Steven Spielberg greatest (and not-so-greatest) hits album, from “A.I.” to, in this case, a close encounter of the reproductive kind. That’s not an indictment so much as a road map to this CBS summer drama, which brings the star power of Halle Berry to the screen as an astronaut who returns to Earth after an extended mission only to discover—after an “anomaly”—that she’s pregnant, however impossible that seems. Throw in assorted subplots, and it’s certainly an intriguing launch; but then again, so was “Under the Dome” before that narratively ran into a brick wall.
Berry’s Molly is back home when the story begins, reunited with her husband, John (Goran Visnjic), and artificially intelligent son (Pierce Gagnon), which John has not only built but is seeking funding to market. (His expression of contempt for religion when pressed about the boy is one of the more bracing signals that this is a futuristic science-fiction piece.)
When Molly’s doctor (Camryn Manheim) delivers the news about her condition, that invites all manner of questions about what happened up there—dealt with, only partially, via sporadic flashbacks. Yet that’s only one of the mysteries built into the show, including the mogul (Hiroyuki Sanada) who might invest in John’s enterprise, a Nixon-like gap in the taped record of the mission, and what really caused the death of the astronaut who preceded Molly into space.
Aside from the coup of landing Berry—a woman, apparently, irresistible to sentient life throughout the galaxy—the show’s strong cast hints at more promise than the premiere ultimately exhibits, racing as it does to establish a foundation for what’s to come in the pilot written by first-time series creator Mickey Fisher and directed by Allen Coulter.
Being more pragmatic about it, if to paraphrase “Alien’s” famous ad line that in space no one can hear you scream, “Extant” looks well suited to making some noise, despite a pilot that’s heavy on tantalizing threads and not much else. Of course, the disclaimer would be that the same Amblin-CBS collaboration birthed “Under the Dome,” which proved a summer hit in 2013 but left a bad taste behind for many by playing too many “No, honest, you’ll get an idea what’s going on next week” games.
“Extant” is certainly awash in Spielbergian themes, starting with the prospect of alien visitation, whether friend or foe. And not afraid to risk overselling matters, the PR materials promise Molly’s experiences will “ultimately change the course of human history.”
Perhaps they will; still, if recent history is any guide, the gestation period for gaining true clarity regarding precisely how will probably be uncomfortably drawn out.
TV Review: “Extant”
(Series; CBS, Wed. July 9, 9 p.m.)
Filmed in Los Angeles by 22 Plates in association with Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios.
Executive producers, Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Brooklyn Weaver; co-executive producer, Halle Berry; director, Allen Coulter; writer, Fisher; camera, M. David Mullen; production designer, Cabot McMullen; editor, Sidney Wolinsky; music, Marcelo Zarvos; visual effects supervisor, Stephan Fleet; casting, Ronna Kress. 60 MIN.
Halle Berry, Goran Visnjic, Pierce Gagnon, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael O’Neill, Camryn Manheim, Grace Gummer
Steven SpielbergJuly 7, 2014 at 11:57 am #316902
Everyone keeps bringing up the huge collapse of Under The Dome on a creative level but it didn’t collapse in the ratings yet. Critics are talking about Berry going to TV but not so much about how her performance drives the show or anything.July 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm #316903
I’m a huge Halle Berry fan so I’m tuning into this no matter what. It will fill my Good Wife void until that show returns…
I hope Halle has a hit on her hands and that she becomes a credibile contender come Emmy time.July 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm #316904
Going from 3.3 to 2.1 in a year is pretty collapse-y to me.July 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm #316905
Id love for Halle to have a hit on her hands. Great actress whos offered the wrong material at times.July 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm #316906
Going from 3.3 to 2.1 in a year is pretty collapse-y to me.
I dont think its on the verge of concellation though. Maybe it will be as the bottom may completely fall out and hate watching like with Smash or Glee really can’t get above a 1 If that’s where UTD is headed.July 8, 2014 at 9:36 am #316907
You said collapse, not cancel.
Last season it was one of the T10 broadcast shows (despite being on in summer); last night its prelim 1.7 put it in 4th place for the night behind 1 show from each of the other major networks. That’s what I call collapse.
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