CBS orders Steven Spielberg drama "Extant" for summer 2014

CBS viewers will get a double dose of Steven Spielberg next summer.

The network has given a 13-episode order for "Extant," a new drama from Spielberg's Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios.

The two are also the forces behind "Under the Dome," which was recently

renewed for a second season .

"Extant" is described as a "futuristic thriller" about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.

"'Extant' is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal itself throughout the script," said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment. "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."

Spielberg is one of the executive producers on the series.

"Extant" will premiere in Summer 2014, which is also when season 2 of "Under the Dome" is expected to air.


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