CBS Television has jumped into the sci-fi genre pool with another big splash. This summer CBS is debuting its new sci-fi series EXTANT starring Halle Berry. It starts off as a tale of a female astronaut returning from a 13-month solo mission in space and finding out she is pregnant. Just how is that possible? In addition, she is returning to her husband and son, though she has a hard time acclimating back into her family, especially with the unexpected news of an impossible pregnancy. To add a bit more a twist on the sci-fi angle, her son is a humanic — or rather a robot android that simulates human interaction.
EXTANT looks to explore what it means to be human, what else may be out there in the universe and whether entities alien or android can understand truly the human condition and forge genuine bonds and love.
In a recent press conference call creator and executive producer Mike Fisher and show runner and executive producer Greg Walker talked about the genesis of the show, what themes it seeks to explore and if there is life beyond this season. [Read more…]