There won’t be a third season of Extant but this isn’t the end of Halle Berry’s relationship with CBS. The summer series has been cancelled but Berry is now executive producing a legal drama that’s in development for the network.
Extant, began when astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) returned to Earth after a year-long solo mission in outer space. Her reunion with her family is thrown into turmoil when it’s learned that she’s pregnant. For season two, the cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Pierce Gagnon, Grace Gummer, and David Morrissey.
The first season of Extant underperformed for the network and averaged a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.15 million viewers. They brought it back but a lot of changes were made to the series. Unfortunately, they didn’t seem to help. The second season, which concluded last month, averaged a 0.7 in the demo with 4.70 million.
Despite the big declines in the ratings, there was talk of moving forward with a third season, mostly because of Berry’s star power. Ultimately the decision was made to end the show.
“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. 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.”
In a statement, CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller, said, “CBS, Halle Berry and the producers have decided to conclude the ‘Extant’ story after last season’s exciting and fitting conclusion. Extant’ played an important role in expanding CBS’s 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.”
That next project is called Legalease and will center on a biracial lawyer from Chicago who follows a case to New Orleans. She ends up partnering with a good ol’ boy attorney while working in a biased justice system. It’s unclear if Berry will star in the new show or stay behind-the-scenes.
What do you think? Did you like the Extant TV show? Do you think that it should have been cancelled or renewed for a third season? Which season did you prefer?