EXCLUSIVE: CBS summer sci-fi drama series Extant is shaking up its supporting cast heading into Season 2. Returning, of course, is star Halle Berry. She plays the lead, ISEA astronaut Molly, who mysteriously became pregnant while on mission in space. Also picked up are her co-stars Pierce Gagnon, who plays Molly’s android son, and Grace Gummer, who plays an assistant on the Humanichs Project. The intent is for two other Season 1 series regulars — Goran Visnjic, who plays Berry’s robotics engineer husband, and Camryn Manheim, who plays her friend and co-worker — to return for a couple of episodes at the start of Season 2. Hiroyuki Sanada and Michael O’Neill are not coming back.
Extant is not cutting back as a couple of new series regulars will be added for Season 2. The cast changeover stems from the series’ new main storyline, which will focus on Molly’s efforts to track down her alien son who is threatening the human race.
Such casting revamps are not unusual for dense, serialized dramas who shake things creatively season-to-season. HBO’s The Leftovers is going through a similar process heading into Season 2.
In its freshman season, Extant averaged 8.64 million viewers and a 1.7 in adults 18-49. It was not a big live performer but did solid business in DVR and online viewing as well as internationally as it boasts Oscar winner Berry as its star.