CBS Chairman Nixes Supergirl Crossover … & 5 More Things to Know About the New Series
BY Jennifer Griffin
Published 7 years ago
Speaking at the Television Critics Association Winter Press tour earlier today, CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler dropped some interesting tidbits about the upcoming new series Supergirl, recently acquired by the Network for a (maybe) Fall 2015 premiere.
1. Supergirl will follow a crime procedural route, although there will be serialized elements at play too.
“There will be crime cases, but what Ali Adler and Greg Berlanti pitched was a real series arc. The beauty of it is now with shows like The Good Wife and Madam Secretary, you can have serialized story elements woven into a case of the week. She’s a crime solver, so she’s going to have to solve a crime. She’s going to get a bad guy!” said Tassler.
2. Supergirl is apparently a ‘Female Empowerment’ story.
“[She’s] a very strong, independent young woman. She’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. It’s a female empowerment story. If you look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonant of that. We’re big feminists. It’s her intellect. It’s her skill. It’s her smarts. It’s all of those elements. It’s not just her strength, which she does have.”
3. The pilot was penned by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family).
Both Berlanti and Adler will executive produce along with Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV.
4. Supergirl will not crossover with Arrow or The Flash, however tempting the possibility … or will it?
Tassler nixed the possibility of Supergirl crossing over with any of the CW’s DCS comics franchises, saying “That’s a different network so I think we’re going to keep Supergirl to ourself right now.”
However, speaking at the tour, CW President Mark Pedowitz said he ‘wouldn’t rule out’ the possibility of a crossover at some point in the future.
5. The costume, designed by Arrow and The Flash’s Colleen Atwood is described as “Awesome”
6. The Network is close to choosing its lead. There’s a lot riding on the decision.
“She’s got to be an every woman. she’s got to be specific. She’s got to be a terrific actor,” noted Tassler. “In this case, it’s looking for someone who embodies both the freshness and the exuberance of being a young woman in today’s challenging climate and being someone who can carry this kind of series on her shoulders. It’s a big, big show.”