1:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Walking Dead's' Governor Heads to CBS' 'Extant'
The Walking Dead's Governor is headed to CBS.
David Morrissey, who played the AMC zombie drama's nastiest villain to date, has boarded CBS' summer drama Extant, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
In the mystery thriller about an astronaut (Halle Berry) who discovers she has put the human race on a path to destruction, Morrissey will recur as Gen. Tobias Shepherd, head of the global security commission. The character is described as a celebrated general, charming, political, known and respected for making the tough calls that wartime requires, and standing by them — even when they are morally ambiguous. Shepherd has a personal history with Molly (Berry), a fact that complicates his work (and his life) in the face of a deadly new threat to humanity.
He joins a rebooted season two cast that includes new series regular Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is set as J.D. Richter, a roguish womanizer and a cop of the future who is a mercenary/bounty hunter. He is freewheeling, hard-drinking and fearless, bordering on reckless, mostly because he's got nothing to lose. He is the everyman who thought he had seen everything, until Molly enters his life.
Morrissey and Morgan join a cast that includes Berry, Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer, the latter trio being the only regulars to return from Extant's critically panned first season. "We are making changes in terms of the mythology of the show," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler told reporters in January. "Molly is much more proactive after the threat to her world."
Extant marks Morrissey's largest stateside TV role following his deadly turn as comic book villain the Governor on The Walking Dead. He's also adapting U.K. miniseries The Driver, in which he starred and exec produced, as a drama at Showtime. He's repped by Troika, UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.