CBS has placed its first series order for a new fall show. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network picked up “Supergirl,” from Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV.
The order gives Berlanti drama series on three of the five broadcast networks, the report notes, including the upcoming “Blindspot” on NBC along with the CW shows “Arrow” and “Flash.” Berlanti also produces NBC’s “Mysteries of Laura,” which is on the bubble.
“Supergirl,” an adaptation of the DC Comics character, will star “Glee” actress Melissa Benoist in the title role.
“‘Supergirl’ had a somewhat bumpy road to the network’s schedule,” THR notes. “Early buzz indicated that the drama co-starring Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and David Harewood faced trouble and was being shopped to sibling network the CW, though the series was considered too expensive for that to realistically happen. The tide, as it tends to do this time of year, changed after CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler — who has been looking for dramas with strong female leads — saw the final cut and loved it.”