Ex­tant Ex­tinc­tion Event

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Wdealt with the sud­den preg­nancy of as­tro­naut Molly Woods ( Halle Berry) af­ter more than a year alone in space, it ended on some­thing of a cliffhanger, with Molly’s alien child on the lam. “In the sec­ond sea­son,” says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mickey Fisher, “we’re gonna find out that there are con­se­quences that lead to a deeper mys­tery. We’ve got a lot of new cast, new worlds, new things that we’re ex­plor­ing, and a big block­buster movie told over 13 hours.”

The show’s two prin­ci­pal ad­di­tions for this sea­son are names very familiar to genre fans: Watch­men and Su­per­nat­u­ral star Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan and The Walk­ing Dead’s David Mor­ris­sey.

Mor­gan plays JD Richter, “who is our cop of the fu­ture,” ex­plains Fisher’s fel­low exec Greg Walker. “In the first episode of the sea­son, he gets a call to re­spond to a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He shows up and runs im­me­di­ately into Molly. They end up to­gether across a large por­tion of the sea­son. He’s strong, tough, sexy, the clas­sic rogue – there’s def­i­nitely some sparks.

“The other char­ac­ter we’re in­tro­duc­ing is the head of the G lobal Se­cu­rity Com­mis­sion – a lit­tle like Home­land Se­cu­rity, the NSA , the CIA – Gen­eral To­bias Shep­herd, played by David Mor­ris­sey. He has known Molly for years, and he’s al­ways had a bit of a thing for her. So she’s caught be­tween th­ese two guys in a tri­an­gle.

“Be­yond that we’ll be in­tro­duc­ing some new aliens and some new ro­bots. Bat­tlestar Galac­tica is re­ally a touch­stone for us as far as what ethics are in­volved when you’re talk­ing about syn­thetic life that is al­most iden­ti­cal to us in ev­ery way, and what’s dif­fer­ent in how we all treat each other. That goes all the way back to Asimov.”

Ex­tant is back, but will it hold our in­ter­est this time?

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