CBS Renews ‘Extant,’ ‘Under the Dome’ for 2015, Cancels ‘Reckless’

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CBS has renewed summer drama series “Extant” and “Under the Dome” for next year.

Both series hail from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. “Dome” will be in its third season, while “Extant” is heading into its sophomore year.

“Extant” was a big bet for the Eye as it starred Halle Berry in her first TV series role. The series’ live viewing stats in its Wednesday 10 p.m. slot were modest but the cumulative audience via DVR, VOD and streaming made it worthy of a second year. “Dome’s” aud was down from its first season but still averaged a healthy 11 million viewers each week.

As with “Dome,” CBS cut a deal with Amazon Prime to make “Extant” episodes available for streaming four days after each seg premiered on CBS. That extra licensing coin has helped CBS pay for its high-end summer originals.

“We’re committed to delivering our viewers and advertisers year-round programming with a wide variety of storytelling,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. “We continue to see summer as a great place for unique concepts, innovative business models and passionate television audiences.”

There’s no word yet from CBS on the fate of summer drama “Unforgettable,” which wrapped its third season last month. “Reckless,” a legal sudser that delivered underwhelming numbers, has been canceled.

Next year, the CBS summer drama sked will include the new entry “Zoo,” based on the James Patterson sci-fi thriller.

“Dome” is based on the Stephen King tome of the same name. King and Spielberg exec produce with showrunner Neal Baer, Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and former DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider.

“Extant” was the brainchild of tyro TV writer Mickey Fisher. Fisher, Spielberg and Berry exec produce with showrunner Greg Walker, Amblin’s Falvey and Frank and Brooklyn Weaver.

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  1. I hate to see under the dome go I look forward to watching it ever week its always the good shows they take off and let the dum ones on that really sucks

  2. Kat says:

    Please bring back ” Reckless” we liked the show, actors and a good show to look forward watching. Sorry, didn’t care much for ” Under the Dome” and definitely did not like “Extant”.

  3. deb says:

    Extant sucked. how/why do they keep this show going?!!

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Simple. Someone at CBS is buddies with the Extant producers and wanted to hand mney over to them in spite of the fact the show was a ratings disaster…

  4. deb says:

    I’m really ‘PO’d” that once again they’re cancelling a great series. I loved it and too bad it’s cancelled. Great actors and storyline.

  5. Jackie says:

    Really sorry to see “Reckless” being cancelled. Was looking forward to watching it this summer. I thought it was an excellent show with great actors.

  6. OriginalMD says:

    reckless was very interesting… bad decision to close it.

  7. Rena Moretti says:

    Haaaa, of course, the Amazon deal and its imaginary numbers that some PR person whispered in
    Neely Andreeva’s ear and she couldn’t wait to publish as if they were real…

  8. racingphan says:

    UTD FTW!!!

  9. Rena Moretti says:

    CBS has gone insane!!!

    Extant was a sad joke of a project, starring a horrible actress (people finally could not help but noticing how bad Halle Berry really is!). It flopped and they’ ordering a second season??!!!!!!

    Under The Dome was a solid performer its first season and flopped in the second. Why order more of either of them?!!!!

    Les needs to get rid of Nina “I love low-rated shows” Tassler post-haste if he doesn’t want to become the next FOX or NBC (or CW!)

    • simon says:

      Both shows are profitable despite their live viewing ratings because of Amazon and the foreign deals

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Extant had bad ratings because it was a badly written show with a bad actress (yes I said a winner of the holy academy awards is a bad actress!)

        It had nothing to do with its genre.

      • John Smith says:

        The Dome and Extant where both good sci fi drama’s. Need to be into that type of story which might be half the ratings drama.

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