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Steven Spielberg's Extant gets full TV series order

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Story by Jack Foley

EXTANT, a new TV drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, has been given a full series order by CBS in America.

Described as a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space, the series is based on a script by Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher.

The show will follow her experiences as they lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.

In announcing the series pick-up without the need for a pilot, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said: “Extant is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal itself throughout the script.

“Our partnership with Amblin for Under The Dome showed that viewers respond to high-quality event programming in the summer. We look forward to building on that with Extant and offering CBS audiences another high-concept, unique event for summer television.”

Extant will have 13 episodes for its debut season.

Its pick-up means that Spielberg will have at least three shows on US TV next summer (2014), along with Under The Dome‘s second season and the fourth season of TNT’s Falling Skies.

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