CBSCBS has ordered a new futuristic television series from Steven Spielberg.

The broadcaster has ordered Extant straight-to-series with a premier date of Summer 2014. The network describes the drama as “a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space”. CBS has ordered 13 episodes of the series.

“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.” -Nina Tassler,   CBS Entertainment President

The commissioning of Extant comes after CBS renewed its Summer smash-hit Under The Dome – an adaptation of the Stephen King novel – for a second series. Spielberg is executive producer for Under the Dome as well as for TNT’s sci-fi series Falling Skies. The veteran film and television producer’s recent credits include NBC’s musical comedy Smash, ABC’s paranormal series The River and Fox’s epic time-travelling/dino-drama Terra Nova.

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