(CNN) — Halle Berry’s reason for returning to TV in CBS’s “Extant” are simple: She goes “where the work is,” as she told the network.
And lately — especially amid the rise of streaming original series and creatively compelling cable dramas — an actress looking for strong material looks to TV just as often as she looks to the silver screen.
In the past, an Oscar winner trading in a movie script for something airing on a broadcast network might have signaled a dwindling career.
Now, “the lines are blurring,” Berry said. “I have never looked at TV as a negative. As I was doing well in my movie career, I always came back to do television movies. I go where the work is. I go where the characters are. And I’m happy that other people are starting to do the same thing.”
“Extant,” created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, is set in the near future and stars Berry as Molly Woods, an astronaut who’s returning home after a 13-month solo mission. As Molly tries to readjust to her terrestrial family — which includes a husband (Goran Visnjic) and an android son (Pierce Gagnon) — she’s hit with the news that she’s somehow pregnant. (In case you were wondering, Spielberg says he “read the script long before I knew about [2013’s] ‘Gravity’ or had ever seen ‘Gravity.’ “)
Already picked up for 13 episodes, “Extant” sets itself up to ponder how Molly got pregnant if she was on a mission by herself, especially with a history of fertility issues.
“You find out but slowly,” Berry told CBS. “It’s very mysterious, it’s very suspenseful, and there are many twists and turns along the way getting to that resolve.”