CBS Orders Season of ‘Supergirl’
It's official, CBS has picked up Supergirl for the 2015-2016 season.
CBS has given its first new series pickup for the 2015-16 season to a drama series from exec producer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV that follows the distaff side of the “Superman” franchise. The series stars Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash”) as the title character. It marks the third DC Comics property that Berlanti’s WBTV-based shop has shepherded for TV, following the success of CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Another “Flash” spinoff is also in the works at CW.
“Supergirl” follows Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El (Benoist), Superman’s cousin, at age 24, when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be, after leaving Krypton and hiding her powers.
Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg wrote the pilot script and exec produce with Berlanti Prods.’ Sarah Schechter. Glen Winter, an alum of “The Flash” and “Arrow,” directed the pilot.
The ensemble cast is rounded out by regulars Calista Flockhart, who will play Kara’s tough boss at CatCo, Cat Grant; Mehcad Brooks, who will co-star as Kara’s love interest, Jimmy Olsen; Chyler Leigh, as Kara’s doctor sister, Alex Danvers; and David Harewood, as supervillain Hank Henshaw, known as Cyborg Superman in the DC world. Laura Benanti will play Kara’s birth mother, Alura Zor-El, in a major recurring arc. SOURCE
I'm really looking forward to this. With Greg Berlanti involved I have faith it will follow in the same footsteps as The Flash and Arrow and if it does that, then it will be great. The only thing to look out for will be how CBS treats it. I'm hoping CBS learns from NBC (Constantine) and Fox (Gotham). NBC never really seemed to have faith in Constantine and seemed unsure out about the direction out the gate. This started when they ended up changing the female-lead after the Pilot was already shot and the show struggled to generate any chemistry and momentum and it was over halfway done with the season. With Gotham, Fox was the opposite. They were TOO confident in the show. It started off strong but extending the season plus some unusual breaks killed the pace and flow of the show and while its coming back for season 2, it has even it's fans wondering if they'll stick with it. I think what CBS should take from this is "Believe in your show". Berlanti & Kreisberg have done an amazing job with the shows on The CW. They know what they're doing. Another example of believing in the show, ABC with Agents of Shield. Despite the heavy criticism early in season 1, they stuck to the plan and look what happened? Season 2 is neck-in-neck with The Flash for best comic book TV show. The formula is simple: Believe in your creative team and stay out of it. Don't try to hard to get ratings (or capitalize on them like Gotham by overstaying your welcome) and it will be fine. I look forward to seeing what happens with this in the fall.