CBS is picking up a full season of Supergirl

1 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Supergirl’ Scores Full-Season Pickup at CBS.

Fans have been waiting with bated breath for news about a potential pick-up for freshman DC series Supergirl, and now the network has finally pulled the trigger.

CBS has announced Supergirl will receive a back-seven episode order (which is two short of the traditional “back-nine” order), pulling the first season’s total up to 20 episodes. CBS ordered seven more episodes of Supergirl, the DC Comics drama about Kara, the cousin of Superman. ‘s superhero drama will now clock in at 20 episodes for its first season. The network’s sign of confidence comes a month after Supergirl launched to a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.9 million viewers — making it the most-watched premiere of the fall season.

As the story goes, should Supergirl have it’s “Back 9” [episodes] commissioned, then there is a chance the last daughter of Krypton may be crossing into the Scarlet Speedster’s universe, or vice versa. Which aren’t terrible numbers, to be sure, but they’re far from a sure-fire hit (especially considering a superhero show isn’t cheap to produce).

In terms of what the story could look like for the potential crossover, Bleeding Cool reveals that it seems like it may be based on the New Krypton arc from the Superman comics, a story which saw DC villain Braniac freeing the trapped citizens of the “bottled city” of Kandor (a city formerly located on Krypton prior to it’s destruction), resulting in 100,000 Kryptonians seeking refuge on Earth. What makes this pick-up even more interesting is recent buzz indicating the back half of the season could provide time to develop an ambitious crossover with The CW’s hit Flash series (they share creative teams, not to mention they’re both DC properties). The worlds seem like they could fit together well enough (and heck, we’re already dealing with multiple universes on Flash), so it’ll be interesting to see if any word on that angle breaks in the coming weeks. In other respects, however, the series is right in line with outgoing Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler’s quest for more dramas with strong female leads to follow in the footsteps of series like The Good Wife, Madam Secretary and CSI: Cyber.

The series stars Glee alum Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who was born on Krypton but has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin since arriving on Earth. Scream Queens, Ryan Murphy’s new horror-comedy on Fox, received a straight to series order ahead of its premiere, but there’s been no official word on a second season of the Emma Roberts/Jamie Lee Curtis series. Supergirl’s full-season order is just the latest victory for executive producer Greg Berlanti, whose freshman drama Blindspot has already earned a season two renewal at NBC. Waiting in the wings to face possible trimming and/or success: ABC’S The Catch, The Family, Of Kings and Prophets, The Real O’Neals, Uncle Buck; CBS’s Angel From Hell, Rush Hour, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders; Fox’s Bordertown, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Second Chance, Lucifer, The X-Files (a six-episode event series); NBC’s Crowded, Game of Silence, Heartbreaker, Superstore, Telenovela, Shades of Blue and You, Me and the Apocalypse; and The CW has Containment and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

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