Halle Berry (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)
Los Angeles, CA (WLTX) -- Academy Award winner Halley Berry signed on to star in a new drama series for the summer of 2014.
The new drama series, EXTANT, is from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, and will feature Berry as an astronaut returning home after a year-long solo space mission.
"Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as EXTANT," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "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 series will follow Berry's character's attempts to reconnect with her husband, son, and everyday life.
"I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium," said Halle Berry. "I've found amazing partners in CBS's Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, and the incredible Steven Spielberg, along with his Amblin production team, whose vision and creativity in storytelling is unparalleled."
Berry's character has some experiences while in space, and after her return home, that will ultimately lead to change the course of human history.
"There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen EXTANT to expand her illustrious career," said Steven Spielberg. "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."
Along with starring in EXTANT, Berry and her producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, have entered into a two-year "first look" production agreement with CBS TV Studios.
In Hollywood, first look agreements enable production companies to pitch new concepts to major studios for consideration, and present the producers and studios the opportunity to create new programming in a more direct manner, in comparison to the more traditional programming pitch process.