CBS Renews Extant for Season Two

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Despite middling viewer numbers, CBS has renewed summer sci-fi thriller Extant for a second season. The show, about an astronaut who spend thirteen months in space on a solo mission and returns to Earth pregnant, is produced by Halle Berry and Steven Spielberg. This was Halle Berry’s first television series and a big bet for CBS. While live viewers were small in number, DVR and streaming viewers boosted ratings high enough for CBS to give it another go. Extant will return next summer, along with Stephen King’s Under the Dome for it’s third season. Reckless did not get renewed and was cancelled after it’s third season.

Season one of Extant followed astronaut Molly Woods and her nuclear family sometime in the near future. She returns from a thirteen month solo mission only to discover that she’s pregnant, which puts a strain on the process of reconnecting with her family and friends. Molly must discover how she became pregnant and uncover a far reaching conspiracy in the process in order to assure that she, her family, and her mysterious child are safe.

I didn’t think much of Extant and felt that the season finale answered enough questions and had an air of finality that didn’t necessarily require a second season. However, it was certainly open ended enough to provide series creator Mickey Fisher and his writing team with ample material for a full season of crazy story lines about alien babies, immortal entrepreneurs, omnipresent artificial intelligences, and anti-robot terrorist groups. Could be fun.

Source: Variety

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Bethany Lewis
My cinema education started when, at three years old, Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" became my earliest memory of cinema. Since then, I've been obsessed with film and television, learning more about it, analyzing it, researching it, and experiencing different kinds of it. After getting my BA in Theater, I went on to get my MFA in Film Studies. I now spend my free time watching and writing about movies.
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