Supergirl Renewed, Moves to CW
There had previously been concern over whether the Supergirl TV show, a breath of fresh air amongst the hero movies and TV series for starring a woman and being optimistic, would be renewed. Today comes news that it will be, but to cut costs, the show will move from CBS to the CW and move production from Los Angeles to Vancouver (where the other CW hero shows — The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow — are filmed).
The show was “CBS’ most expensive first-year show”, and the ratings didn’t match the expenses, although it was “the No. 1 new CBS drama and fourth-best new series overall among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.” I’m just glad Supergirl, as portrayed by Melissa Benoist, will come back. Although the show could be uneven, watching her, her friends, and her relationship with her sister and family was entertaining.
Calista Flockhart will stay with the show as the multimedia boss Cat Grant, a portrayal that’s really grown on me as an example of how you can show female power in a bunch of nuanced ways. No word on the rest of the cast. In my opinion, the super-cute Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) are must-haves, with the others — work friend Winn (Jeremy Jordan), superspy organization leader Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), evil mogul Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli), love rival Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan Tatum), ghost of dead mom (Laura Bennati) — not nearly as necessary.