Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Halle Barry is set to star in her first regular TV series, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The story says that Berry has been "tapped to star in Steven Spielberg’s CBS summer (2014) drama ‘Extant’ and has also signed a two-year first-look production deal with the series’ studio, CBS Television Studio.
"The project found itself at the center of a heated bidding war between broadcast networks and cable networks, with CBS ultimately proving triumphant by committing to a 13-episode straight-to-series order. Extant has been billed as a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut (Berry) trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. The character’s experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history. The casting coup of Berry is as much a commentary on the strength of the spec script as it is on the state of the film business, particularly for actresses over 40."
The story contines, " ‘Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as Extant,’ said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. ‘Her talent and ability to immerse herself into every performance has created memorable roles that have resonated with audiences everywhere. It’s a big coup for CBS to have Halle star in her first television series, especially with such an exciting original concept and a role layered with mystery and humanity.’ "
The THR article also notes that "The drama reteams CBS with Spielberg’s Amblin, which also is behind this summer’s top scripted drama ‘Under the Dome.’ The network has already renewed ‘Dome’ for a second season after the pricey series proved that there’s a home for high-quality original scripted programming during the typically low-rated summer months."
Berry won her Emmy and Golden Globe for her brilliant portrayal of actress Dorothy Dandridge in the 1999 HBO TV movie "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge."