‘Supergirl’ Officially Picked Up by CBS for 2015-2016 Season
Supergirl is landing at CBS! And just in time for the fall.
The network has officially picked up the series for the 2015-2016 season, making this the first official series order for the new season for CBS. Co-created and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, the show is a joint project between CBS and Warner Bros. TV.
Supergirl will star Glee‘s Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, a survivor of the destruction of Krypton, who is hiding on Earth and maintaining secret super powers — the same powers shared by her cousin, Superman. The cast includes Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra Danvers, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw.
The pilot, written by Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, has reportedly gotten great reviews, and was part of the reason the series was even picked up in the first place. However, the initial episode pick-up order, while not confirmed, is supposedly less than Berlanti and co. would have liked. But they went with it anyway in order to be able to move forward with their choice of star and director. In this case, that means Benoist and helmer Glen Winter.
I’m a bit leery on CBS being the right network for this, since their reputation as the network for procedurals has me worrying this could simply become “CSI with superpowers”. And I don’t think that does anyone any favors, unless the cases Supergirl is going to be solving will be of a supernatural nature, like they are on The Flash. Then again, I’ve literally never seen a Greg Berlanti drama I didn’t like (I’m still miffed that Jack & Bobby didn’t get a second season), and I get the feeling Benoist is going to surprise a lot of people in this role (seriously, she’s super-talented), so I should probably just start looking forward to this. If nothing else, I’m going to maintain cautious optimism.