What, exactly, is Extant? According to the dictionary, it’s an adjective meaning “still in existence” or “the opposite of extinct.” According to CBS, it’s a method by which Oscar winners are lured to network television. And according to the following 25-second teaser, it’s a mysterious upcoming drama about mitosis, flowers, creepy children’s laughter, and the entirety of the human condition… or something.
The actual logline for Extant, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and includes 100 percent more Halle Berry and 100 percent fewer domes than last year’s marquee summer series, Under the Dome: It’s “a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut (Berry) trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.” So think Gravity plus The Astronaut’s Wife, with maybe a dash of Lost because what’s a sci-fi drama without it?
The show is set to premiere Wednesday, July 2 on CBS.