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Extant is a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut named Molly (Berry) trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. The character’s experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
Visnjic will play John Watts, Molly’s husband. O’Neill has been cast as Alvin Sparks, an ex-astronaut who is now the director of the privatized space program.
Spielberg, along with Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher, who penned the script for the CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television effort, will executive produce the series with Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
CBS Television Distribution will handle domestic distribution, while CBS Studios International will handle worldwide rights. Berry will co-exec produce.
Visnjic, best known as Dr. Kovac on NBC medical drama ER, starred in ABC’s Red Widow and recurred on Pan Am, Leverage; feature credits include Beginners, The Counselor and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. He is repped by WME and Management 360.
O’Neill’s previous credits include Transformers, J. Edgar, Traffic and TV’s Rectify, Necessary Roughness and Vegas. He is repped by Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates.
Extant premieres July 2 at 9 p.m. on CBS.
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