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           ACADEMY AWARD WINNER HALLE BERRY TO STAR IN “EXTANT”

 Academy Award winner Halle Berry will star in EXTANT, a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios.  In August, the CBS Television Network announced a straight-to-series order for EXTANT, to be broadcast in summer 2014. 

 In a thrilling drama, Berry will play an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life.  Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.

“There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen EXTANT to expand her illustrious career,” said Steven Spielberg. “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”

 “I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium. For five months a year I'll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I'll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one,” said Halle Berry. “I've found amazing partners in CBS's Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, and the incredible Steven Spielberg, along with his Amblin production team, whose vision and creativity in storytelling is unparalleled.”

Berry won an Oscar in 2002 for her starring role in “Monster’s Ball.”  Her additional feature film credits include playing Storm in the “X-Men” franchise, including the seventh installment, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” to be released in 2014 and she also starred in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” as Jinx. Berry started this year starring in the successful feature film thriller, “The Call,” for Sony/Screen Gems. Berry’s successes on television include her critically acclaimed and award winning role in HBO’s movie, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” which earned her an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award and her critically praised  performance starring in the Oprah Winfrey produced "Their Eyes Were Watching God," which earned her both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award nomination.  

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David Letterman to host the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN through 2015.

“Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” said Letterman.

“There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS ‘home,’” said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.

David Letterman is the longest-running late night talk show host in television history at 31 years and counting.  He has been credited with redefining the talk show genre since “Late Night with David Letterman” premiered on NBC on Feb. 1, 1982.  The groundbreaking show earned a Peabody Award, five Emmy Awards and 35 Emmy nominations during its 11½ years on the air. 

.THE LATE SHOW increased its audience 5% over last year during the opening week of the 2013-2014 broadcast season, with a weekly average of 3.14 million viewers.

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EMMY AWARD WINNER BOB NEWHART RETURNS AS PROFESSOR PROTON, ON “THE BIG BANG THEORY,” THURSDAY, NOV. 7

 Bill Nye To Guest Star as Himself

 Fresh off his Emmy Award win, Bob Newhart returns to THE BIG BANG THEORY as Professor Proton, Sheldon’s favorite childhood hero.  In the episode, when Professor Proton (Newhart) contacts Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to ask for help with an experiment, a scorned Sheldon (Jim Parsons) seeks revenge by befriending a rival science TV host, Bill Nye, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Nov. 7 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. 

 This is the role Bob Newhart won his EMMY for.

 

AMBER TAMBLYN UPPED TO SERIES REGULAR

ON “TWO AND A HALF MEN”

 

Amber Tamblyn, who began guest starring on TWO AND A HALF MEN this season, has been promoted to series regular.  Tamblyn plays Jenny, Charlie Harper’s illegitimate daughter who moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and to connect with what’s left of her family.  Jenny’s now living in Walden’s (Ashton Kutcher) beach house, along with her uncle Alan (Jon Cryer). She happens to like everything her dad liked – including women.

 Tamblyn is an actress and writer who starred in the title role on “Joan of Arcadia,” on the Network, which earned her both Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. Her other television credits include “House MD,” “The Unusuals” and “General Hospital,” among others.  Her feature film credits include “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films, “127 Hours” and “Stephanie Daley,” for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.  Tamblyn has published two books of poetry and prose. Currently, she is writing her third book of poems about the lives of child star actresses and she recently completed the screenplay “Paint It Black,” based on the book of the same name. She is the producer of “The Drums Inside Your Chest,” an annual poetry concert.

 The 11th season of TWO AND A HALF MEN is broadcast Thursdays, 9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

 

 

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