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Halle Berry To Star In Steven Spielberg Drama 'Extant' For CBS

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Halle Berry is coming to TV! The Oscar-winning actress is set to star in Steven Spielberg's new drama "Extant" for CBS, set to air in summer 2014.

In "Extant," Berry will play an astronaut who comes home after being on a solo mission in space for a year and tries to reconnect with her husband and son. But her mission has much larger ramifications, according to CBS' description: "Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history."

“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," Berry said in the release. "For five months a year I'll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I'll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one. 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.”

In addition to signing on for her first major series television role in over two decades, Berry has also signed a two-year overall production deal with her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas at CBS Television Studios.

Berry got her start in television with her first role being on the short-lived "Living Dolls," a "Who's the Boss?" spinoff in 1989. She also appeared on several episodes of "Knots Landing" in the early '90s and had guest spots on "Amen" and "A Different World" before breaking into feature films.

Berry's previous work on television movies has earned her quite a bit of critical love and awards recognition as well: She won an Emmy, a SAG Award and the Golden Globe for starring in HBO's movie “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” in 1999; and she also earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for starring in the Oprah Winfrey-produced ABC adaptation of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" in 2005.

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