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New mom Halle Berry lands CBS show

CNN News Wire | 10/7/2013, 1:01 p.m.
Halle Berry

Halle Berry is the latest film star to make a move for the small screen.

The 47-year-old Oscar winner will lead a new CBS serialized drama called “Extant” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

“There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen ‘Extant’ to expand her illustrious career,” Spielberg said in a statement. “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”

Berry will portray an astronaut who returns home after a year-long solo space mission and tries to reconnect with her son and husband. The official synopsis hints that her “experiences in space and (at) home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.”

Spielberg is going to executive produce “Extant” along with Greg Walker, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Mickey Fisher, who penned the script. Berry will also serve as co-executive producer on the project, which is slated to bow on CBS in summer 2014.

“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains ... nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium,” Berry explained of her decision to become a TV regular once again. (Nope, we haven’t forgotten about “Living Dolls.”)

“For five months a year, I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one,” she added.

In that case, perhaps the latest addition to her family helped her decide to seal the deal. Berry and her new husband, Olivier Martinez, welcomed their first son together on October 5, making the actress a mom of two. She also has a daughter, five-year-old Nahla, with ex Gabriel Aubry.

Breeanna Hare | CNN