‘Supergirl’ series picked up by CBS for 2015-2016 season

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CBS has been bullish on the prospect of a Supergirl TV show, and today it pulled the trigger: Variety reports that the network has picked up the drama as part of its 2015-2016 season.

Starring Glee actress Melissa Benoist, the drama will feature Kara Zor-El come into her super powers and embrace the hero she was always destined to be. Starring Whiplash’s Melissa Benoist as Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El (known as Kara Danvers to humanity), the show comes from executive producer Greg Berlanti. The series comes from the creators of Arrow and The Flash and it’s believed the show’s will share the same universe, despite airing on different channels.

This updated version has the same tone and feel as the latest Man of Steel film reboot, with the classic ‘S’ symbol and gold trimmed mini -skirted outfit. The pilot for the series reportedly cost $14 million, with the show itself meeting up with Supergirl at the age of 24 when she decides to stop hiding her Kryptonian powers and don the mantle of a superhero.

The series is made by Warner Bros., which owns the rights to Supergirl and her more famous cousin Superman, and will be executive produced by TV veteran Greg Berlanti – the man behind comic book show Arrow – and Ali Adler from the New Normal. Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) also stars as Kara’s boss Cat Grant, with Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olson and David Harewood as the villain Hank Henshaw.

The show will follow a young Kara Zor-El – who escaped Krypton during its destruction to arrive on Earth and be taken in by foster parents the Danvers. The network is diving into the super-hero genre, which has made such a strong impact in both movies and—over the last few years—at its TV rivals, particularly CBS’s younger-skewing sister network The CW.

According to Variety, there’s also going to be some familiar faces from the past in the mix as well, with Lois & Clark’s Dean Cain and Helen Slater — who played Supergirl in the 1984 feature film — also cast. After years of repressing her powers and hiding her secrets, Kara’s forced to use her gifts to avert a disaster and then emboldened by her heroics, she sheds her mask and embraces her superhero destiny. Helen Slater famously played the heroine on the big screen in 1984’s Supergirl, while Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort played Kara in long-running TV series Smallville. The series marks Berlanti’s third superhero project guaranteed to be on the air next season, though the Arrow–Flash spin-off will likely tip that number up to four.

Over at Marvel, ABC will likely renew Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., while the fates of Agent Carter and the Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood-starring S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off are still up in the air.

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