‘Supergirl’ takes flight on CBS

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‘SuperGirl’ Greenlit For 2015-2016 Season By CBS.

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 television 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 Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) produced show already had a series commitment at the network that would have resulted in a hefty penalty without the order. 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. It was just formally announced in that the series, which stars Melissa Benoist, has-been picked up by CBS for the upcoming 2015-2016 season (first reported by Variety).

However, none of it matters as the show was one of the 99.99% certainties for the 2015/2016 season since its initial development announcement earlier in the year. 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 show 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.

With the order comes a reality that DC now has a series running on every network except ABC (who is owned by Disney and thus exclusively does business with Marvel). 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.

After arriving on Earth, Kara was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her well-known cousin). … 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. However, this status quo is currently in jeopardy as there’s a slim chance at the moment that NBC’s Constantine will be returning to the network next year. Additionally, Lois & Clark‘s Dean Cain and Helen Slater from the original 1984 Supergirl movie will be appearing on the show in mysterious guest-starring roles.

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. The network is diving into the super-hero genre that’s made such a strong impact in both movies and—over the last few years—at its TV rivals, particularly at its younger-skewing sister network The CW.

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. It could be a big fall push meant to be extended into a 22-episode per year drama like Berlanti’s CW series, it could be a big mid-season player that could run for a limited 13-episodes before expanding in a second season or it could be a short-order series for the fall that won’t go past 13 episodes. CBS won’t say if the show will air in the fall or midseason, but will almost certainly announce that decision at its upfront presentation in New York last week. 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.

The other entity walking away with some major juice this year is Greg Berlanti as Supergirl will serve as the producer’s second pick-up of the year across two networks (the second being Blindspot on NBC). 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 spin-off are still up in the air. More to come: We’re entering a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well.

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