EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal has come aboard to score the CBS Steven Spielberg series Extant starring Halle Berry. Beal, whose cool, steely trumpet and suspenseful piano playing in the House of Cards main title theme promptly captures the corrupt atmosphere of Capitol Hill, was tapped by long-time collaborator Allen Coulter, who is directing the pilot episode of Extant. Beal and Coulter previously worked together on Netflix’s House of Cards and HBO’s Rome.
“Part of the reason I’m excited about Extant is that it is ordered straight to series for 13 episodes, as was House of Cards. Having scored several television pilots over the years, I feel the creative energy is more pure and focused for a composer working this way vs. the pilot process which always seem to ultimately get polluted by the ‘sales pitch to a studio’ kind of creative process,” said Beal. The composer approached House of Cards as if he were scoring a 13-hour film, inspired by the no-holds-barred direction of the series for which he received two Emmy nominations for Best Theme and Best Score.
Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios, centers on an astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. The series will premiere on CBS on July 9 at 9pm EST/PST.