Halle Berry was the big draw of CBS Junket Day — she’s starring in the network’s summer sci-fi series Extant as an astronaut who goes on a 13-month solo flight and returns pregnant. Inevitably, Berry took the “Why Are You Doing Television?” question that the Reporters Who Cover Television never tire of asking by way of revealing their own sense of the medium’s inferiority to film. Berry, who came well prepped, said she agreed to take the role because, “I feel like best writing now is on television. It’s a reality all of us actors have been talking about for years now,” she said. “There used to be a stigma, [but] now we go where the good material is.” She added later that “the studio did me a real solid” and shot the show in Los Angeles “so I didn’t have to leave my family” because she’s a “hands-on mom.”
Berry being an Oscar-winning movie star, she also got asked the other inevitable question to which movie stars who do television are subjected: “What TV shows do you watch?” Berry smartly started by naming the CBS drama series The Good Wife. Her shortlist also included NBC’s The Blacklist and HBO’s Girls and Game Of Thrones. But, she said, returning to her earlier theme, as a mom with a new baby, she does not have a lot of time to watch TV.