"(The straight-to-series order) is an exciting thing because you get a real shot," Fisher said. "In the feature world, you'll work on something for years to get it off the ground. Even if you're
The program stars Academy Award winner
The show also stars Japanese actor
Fisher, a 1991
"I went from the basement to the penthouse in a matter of weeks," Fisher said. It happened near his 40th birthday.
"That was a great way to ring in a new chapter in my life," he said.
Fisher is known locally for writing the musical "Something in the Water," which was produced at the
Fisher said although "Extant" is science fiction, it has an everyday appeal.
"It's high-concept, but the core of it is about one extraordinary family at the epicenter of these massive changes happening to the Earth. The family is a microcosm: if they survive, humanity survives. That's something people relate to -- they're going root for this family and they're going to root for
"It's really a story of a family we can all relate to," Walker said. "The best way to go is to look at the strength of Mickey's writing, which is rooted in character, family and emotion. It's an intriguing vision of the future in which the problems are very much the problems of today -- staying connected with family in an advanced world."
"Extant" has been compared to
Fisher said "Extant" is a rather traditional television program.
"It doesn't employ a lot of what the cable networks go for -- it's not dark and there isn't a lot of violence," he said. "It does share some of those cable themes, but the popcorn side of it is what really makes it right for broadcast. Hopefully we can extract a little bit of both."
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