From the very first episode of the series, I wrote in a piece published right here on S&A that I felt “Supergirl” would be better served as a show on The CW network than on CBS, where it’s called home for its first season.
It just makes sense, if you’ve watched the show; it fits perfectly in terms of style and target audience, right along other CW superhero shows like “The Flash,” “Arrow,” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” all based on DC Comics characters, and all with the same man behind them – writer, producer, director Greg Berlanti.
It hasn’t been quite the hit that CBS hoped it would be, in maybe what was an attempt to draw a younger, hipper audience; so send it to a network where I think it will likely fare much better, if only because that’s where its audience lives.
Announced today, The CW has officially picked up “Supergirl” from CBS, giving the Greg Berlanti-created series a second season.
The series, starring Melissa Benoist, was “on the bubble” at CBS, and would’ve likely been canceled if The CW didn’t pick it up. Production will move to Vancouver from Los Angeles to cut costs, where the rest of Berlanti’s aforementioned CW series, currently film.
In terms of black actors on the show, Mehcad Brooks plays Jimmy Olsen; and David Harewood is another key cast member, playing Hank Henshaw – a character that’s actually a super villain in the DC Comics universe, but in this series, is a CIA agent who is the head of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), who goes on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind. But, as fans of the series will know, Harewood is revealed to be someone other than who he is initially presented as, about midway through the season. But I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t watched, and intend to.
By the way, if you’re wondering how The CW picked up the series from CBS, you should know that CBS and Warner Bros. both co-own The CW, so the transition is easy enough.