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NBC's ER premiered 20 years ago, changing the style of medical dramas by marrying fast-paced action with richly drawn characters and serialized storylines. Competing against it on Thursday nights was another medical drama, CBS' Chicago Hope.
CBS has renewed summer shows Extant and Under the Dome, the network announced on Thursday.
"We're committed to delivering our viewers and advertisers year-round programming with a wide variety of storytelling," CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement. "We continue to see summer as a great place for unique concepts, innovative business models and passionate television audiences."
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In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, the How to Get Away with Murder star says there simply aren't enough meaty roles being offered to black women in Hollywood — and, she adds, those given to Halle Berry and her Shondaland counterpart, Scandal's Kerry Washington, don't count.
After trying unsuccessfully to dodge the ISEA on last week's Extant, Molly (Halle Berry) found herself being held against her will in an operating room as a red laser zeroed in on her pregnant belly in the episode's final moments.
So where in the world — or should we say universe — do things pick up? In this exclusive sneak peek at the first five minutes of Wednesday's new episode (10/9c, CBS), everything in Molly's world seems to be back to normal, that is until she looks down and sees...
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This week, The Tonight Show bestowed upon us a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," as well as Jimmy Fallon and Halle Berry's human hamster roll. Also, Jim Gaffigan guest-starred in the new web series "Teachers Lounge," and Mystery Girls stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling took a pop quiz about their days on Beverly Hills, 90210. And the Internet memorialized Brett Bunsen, who has been shot a total of nine times on Archer. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
In space, no one can see you conceive. That appears to be the weird but intriguing premise of CBS's high-profile summer fantasy drama Extant, a show put into play after last year's successful summer run of the network's increasingly absurd Under the Dome. While Wednesday's pilot episode (9/8c) of Extant (all that was available for review) lacks the sort of unforgettable "wow" moment provided by the severed cow in Dome's opener, the new series also seems less likely to lapse irrevocably into silly hysteria.
In the not-so-distant future, an astronaut returns from space to shockingly discover that she's pregnant — which wouldn't seem so weird if she hadn't been gone for 13 months on a solo mission. The question of what's inside of her and how it got there is the mystery at the center of CBS' new drama Extant.
Hailing from newcomer Mickey Fisher and Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV, the drama finds infertile astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) beyond surprised and rightfully frightened upon the discovery that she's an incubator for...
It's been a long time since Halle Berry was on the small screen, but as soon as she read the script for Extant, she knew it was definitely time for her return.
"I had been reading television and film [scripts] and this was so well written I thought, 'Wow, I have to do this,'" Berry tells TVGuide.com.
Another huge factor? Executive producer Steven Spielberg. "He is the king!" she adds. "I desperately wanted to work with him."
Premiering on Wednesday (9/8c, CBS), Extant is about an astronaut (Berry) who comes home from a 13-month solo mission and learns that she is pregnant. And that's only the beginning of the show's bizarre mysteries that include strange occurrences while in space and her young son's theory of impending extinction.
"What happened? How did it happen? Is it my egg? Is it an offspring? There are all these questions we have to answer," she says.
Watch Berry talk about the series:
Halle Berry, Malia Obama (inset)
Malia Obama is reportedly trying her hand in Hollywood. The 16-year-old is working as a production assistant for the upcoming CBS drama Extant, The Wrap reports.
Obama, who will be 16 on July 4, was spotted on the set of the Halle Berry series helping out for the day. She even got to slate a take, according to the report. The First Daughter is out on summer break from her private school in Washington D.C. An email to CBS was not immediately returned.
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Extant premieres July 9 at 9/8c on CBS.