‘Supergirl’ Lands CBS’ First New Series Order for 2015-16 Season

'Supergirl' Series at CBS: Melissa Benoist
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Supergirl” is a go at CBS.

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.

The modern television adaptation will also bring back some familiar faces: Helen Slater, who starred in the 1984 “Supergirl” film, and Superman vet Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”). Both alums were cast in secret roles.

Throughout pilot season, “Supergirl” was rumored to be heading over to the CW. But CBS is looking to expand the scope of its drama offerings and break into the superhero genre with a familiar franchise.

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  1. dcfriedm says:

    Supergirl having Jimmy Olsen as a romantic interest? (And yet another mixed-race romance – this is quite trite by now.) I’ll watch the first couple of episodes, but I have a feeling this is going to be more a NOW video than a superhero series. The PC crowd is ruining the superheroes the way they’ve ruined the rest of TV.

  2. Linda says:

    I always loved the supergirl Comic Books. Why has it taken so long to put her on the small screen for us! I am looking forward to some “super” adventures. Go Girl!

  3. Pam says:

    I have been so pleased that CBS has been able to avoid this kind of programming and left it where it belongs which is the CW and Fox. I’m tuned in just about every night to CBS for adult drama. What a shame they feel they have to go there.

  4. Penny: Hank Henshaw is a supervillain featured in the DC Comics universe. While originally featured primarily as an enemy of Superman, recent years have repositioned him as one of the main enemies of the Green Lantern Corps. While the character debuted in The Adventures of Superman #465 (April 1990), he was reintroduced as the original Cyborg Superman during the Reign of the Supermen storyline following Superman’s death. At times, he is also referred to as The Cyborg (not to be confused with Teen Titans member Victor Stone aka Cyborg).[1] (from Wikipedia) Just FYI

  5. Penny Daley says:

    Cyborg as supervillian… my 6 yr old son is gonig to be confused and heart broken .. TEEN TITANS FTW!!

  6. Why are women are still be consider a girls. It is demeaning that a female adult (age 18)is still called a girl. In high school there is girls basketball. When in college there is women’s basketball. So is wrong this super heroine is called Super Girl, when she is a Super Woman.

    • No Bueno says:

      That outfit! Oi! She looks more like Super Mom in that getup. C’mon!

    • Bo says:

      The problem lies in the origin of the title – Supergirl, when she became a hero, actually WAS a girl and not a woman. In the first appearances she had, she was just 12 years old. She did grow up into a woman of about 21 I think, but wasn’t a regular character then (plus, she died and was brought back at 16 years old in the new continuity – where she usually doesn’t age). So there is that to consider

      Not that you’re wrong about that fact – she seriously should be Superwoman by now; or failing that, a title without “Super” in its name. Same deal with Batgirl, who usually is a teenager as well – though unlike Kara, she’s been replaced in the comics after growing up, so to my knowledge no “Batgirl” has ever been older than a young woman at most… But these superhero names are so iconic and historical that trying to change them will enrage the worst fans on principle, and also because they really ARE like names – the main reason that Superman comics were able to have a “Superboy” series back in the 60s and such, was because it was with the understanding that he grows UP to be Superman so people aren’t confused then… Although that no longer happens anymore, Superman starts as an adult unlike his cousin.

      The series has to contend with the fact that Kara, when she BECOMES a superheroine in this show, is 24 years old (ironically, she arrived on Earth at 12, she didn’t start hero-work for another 12 years). The title isn’t being changed because people recognise her as Supergirl – she STARTED as Supergirl – so she can’t be Superwoman from the start… It’s problematic, yes, but it’s a complex issue – fans are stupid about it, and they wouldn’t really be kind about it.

      At the very least, I think that I’ve heard the production team – especially the writers – are self-aware of this. There were some parts of the Pilot script that were leaked earlier this year (or was it late last year?) which suggest that Kara will, in her civilian identity, discuss the naming of the new superhero and the reasoning people give for the “-girl” suffix. It’s not perfect, I know, but better than nothing…

  7. rob says:

    yes yes yes welcome on the board big happy DC tv show family :D so let is fly like the plane :) and give us full fun show with epic action and i cross my finger for big crossover with flarrow :)

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