6:55pm PT by Marisa Roffman
Comic-Con: 'Under the Dome,' 'Extant' Teams Preview What's Ahead
CBS brought out returning scripted dramas Extant and Under the Dome for panels at Comic-Con as part of its gigantic television block on Thursday.
For Extant, with season two now underway, the show underwent a well-publicized reboot during its hiatus.
"These people are locked in a red-blooded fight for survival," series creator Mickey Fisher shared, noting the goal was to infuse the show with new energy. "And we want to hit the ground running. We really wanted to make it accessible for new viewers… we're promising a lot of twists and turns, and fun stuff, and asking the big questions."
Extant star and producer Halle Berry also played a role in bringing on the shows new leaders, and admitted she enjoyed getting to produce on the CBS drama versus just acting -- a turn that allowed her to be "more than a dancing bear," she said.
"We knew we needed a reboot, a new direction. I got to be part of bringing this talented, sexy, hunk of a man on," Berry said, gesturing to her new co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays JD.
The result? Molly will have "a man that wanted to kiss her!" Berry joked. "My last [on-screen] husband [Goran Visnjic's John, who was killed off] didn't want to kiss me!"
And though there may be chemistry, there will still be tension between Molly and JD. "You'll see as the season progresses, he continues to think she's certifiable… these two met at a crime scenes and sparks fly," said Morgan.
"They have this chemistry that fizzes on screen," Extant showrunner Craig Shapiro enthused.
Apart from his chemistry with Molly, Morgan praised the writers making his character "a guy [viewers] could relate to." JD gets to ask the questions the audience might have, but "he's a flawed guy" who drinks too much and has a failed marriage. And Morgan acknowledged that Molly's presence could help shape his character up.
The Under the Dome panelists promised answers are coming -- soon -- for the show's long-running questions.
"It's a little more serialized and not as standalone… [the answers are] going to play out throughout the season," said Under the Dome executive producer Tim Schlattmann. "A lot of these questions we're answering were things I wanted answered."
The reaction to the promise was lukewarm from the crowd -- mentions of Schlattmann's former show, Dexter, and Dome guest star Marg Helgenberger's time on CSI seemed to garner bigger cheers from the crowd -- and the fans weren't given the chance to ask any questions to the panelists.
The panelists were open about the evolving love triangles both Joe (Colin Ford) and Barbie (Mike Vogel) will find themselves in.
"It's shapely," Vogel joked of Barbie's torn affections for Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) and Eva (Kylie Bunbury). "Love triangles are tough, and it's made more difficult by the construct of our show… the way they orchestrated the time we spent in the alternate reality… you can see how that might complicate things."
For Helgenberger, an upcoming episode shocked her -- and made her emotional. "I couldn't believe what I do…I almost cried reading it," she said.
But naturally, Schlattmann was able to deliver some intriguing hints. "Humanity may very well rest on [Joe]," he teased. "[Christine] is just getting warmed up with the stuff she has coming. Barbie may want to start thinking about shopping at Toys 'R' Us."
Extant airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and Under the Dome airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.