'Extant' Exclusive: Here's What That New Halle Berry Series Is All About

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The commercials for Halle Berry’s new CBS drama Extant tease an interesting premise: The Oscar winner plays an astronaut named Molly Woods, who, after a year alone in space, returns home to find out she's pregnant.

That’s the big hook, but in the exclusive video clip above, Berry, her castmates Goran Visnjic, Michael O'Neill, and Camryn Manheim, and executive producer Steven Spielberg delve further into the themes of the 13-episode sci-fi drama — which also include infertility, a robot child, artificial intelligence, and a big conspiracy that maybe, probably, almost certainly, has something to do with Molly finding herself space preggers.

(AP Photo/CBS, Dale Robinette)
(AP Photo/CBS, Dale Robinette)

"She had an encounter with something," says Berry of Molly's time in space. "She's happy because she's always wanted to be really pregnant, but she's confused about how this actually happened."

Molly's friend and doctor, played by The Practice Emmy winner Manheim, is the one who tells Molly she's pregnant, only to have Molly ask her to keep it a secret for a couple of days while she tries to explain her puzzling state to her husband (Visnjic).

Says Manheim in the video: "And in those two days... all hell breaks loose."

[Photos: Check Out Red Carpet Pics From the 'Extant' Premiere]

The series is Berry's first regular TV role in more than 20 years; she hung out with the cul-de-sac dwellers on Knots Landing for a six-episode arc in 1991. Her Extant co-stars also include 24 alum Annie Wersching, One Tree Hill alum and singer Tyler Hilton, and, as fans of The Real World: Los Angeles and Basketball Wives will recognize, Tami Roman.

"The first night, the pilot, puts a lot of questions in the air," says Berry. "So you'll leave the pilot wondering, 'Hmmm, what about this and what about that?' and 'Why was that?' and 'Who was that?' and that's the idea."

Adds Spielberg: "Extant basically means, 'it survived.' It's in existence, and it's not going away."

Extant premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CBS.