Greg Berlanti’s ‘Supergirl’ Flies to CBS with Series Commitment

By September 19, 2014

With NBC, The CW, Fox, ABC and even TNT all developing their own comic book inspired TV shows (“Teen Titans” and “Lucifer” being among the latest), it’s time for CBS to get into the fray with the cousin of Superman.

Not too long ago, we heard that “Arrow” and “The Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti was working on bringing a “Supergirl” series to the small screen, but it hadn’t yet found a network home. Now THR reports CBS has picked up the new show and the deal comes with a pretty big series commitment, which means viewers will see this show or the network will have a big price to pay.

The series will follow Kara Zor-El, the cousin of The Man of Steel, born on the planet Krypton, who managed to escape as her homeworld was being destroyed. She has taken solace on Earth, hiding the superpowers that our yellow sun has given her. But at age 24, that’s when she decides to fully utilize her gifts and become a true superhero.

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We’re not sure where Superman is throughout all of this, but this series certainly won’t run alongside “Smallville,” especially since we already saw how Supergirl came into play in The CW series with Laura Vandervoort taking on the role of the heroine. But Superman will have to be addressed at some point in the series, right?

Anyway, the new show will be written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, who last worked together on the super-powered family comedy series “No Ordinary Family” on ABC. It’s a shame this show didn’t end up at The CW so the DC Comics universe currently blossoming there with “Arrow” and “The Flash” could get a little bigger, but that’s the way Krypton crumbles.

The question is whether a female superhero can fare as well on television as prominent leading ladies are sweeping the box office in films like The Hunger Games, Lucy, and Divergent. There have always been prominent female-led series on TV, but few of them have focused on female superheroes. But if there’s anytime to strike with one, it’s right now, and hopefully Berlanti can make this one work.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.