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Though many DC Comics fans have had trouble with what's happening on the movie side of things over at Warner Bros. following Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, The CW has really found a formula that seems to work. And they are doubling down for their 2016-2017 fall schedule. The network recently announced their full upcoming line-up for advertisers and media in New York City, and in addition to some brand new series, they also firmed up plans for their DC superheroes, which will now include Supergirl. To celebrate, The CW has put together a pretty great sizzle reel consisting of The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and of course, the latest newcomer, Supergirl.
Watch a teaser and an extended trailer for the Supergirl TV show, which moves from CBS to The CW for its second season, in fall 2016. Supergirl has been scheduled for Mondays at 8:00pm Et/Pt, leading into Jane the Virgin at 9:00.
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Variety’s TV team brings you all the news and dish from TV’s biggest week of the year.
The weeklong marathon of upfronts came to a close on Thursday — earlier in the day than usual this year. Thanks to the mega-presentation that NBCUniversal held on Monday, the usual Thursday afternoon trek to the Javits Center for NBC’s cable portion was eliminated, leaving the day solely to the CW. The morning kicked off with the genetically blessed carpet, followed by the CW’s presentation, bringing an end to the jam-packed four-day marathon.
Stay in-the-know with our daily Upfronts Diary, and keep refreshing the page for new updates throughout the day and night.
CW red carpet, London Hotel, Thursday morning
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“Supergirl” was officially welcomed into her new home when star Melissa Benoist joined the faces behind the CW’s superhero shows on stage at the network’s upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday morning.
Prior to the upfront, Variety spoke to Benoist about “Supergirl” being renewed for its second season at the CW, after spending one season at big brother network CBS.
“I can’t say I’m surprised,” Benoist said. “I think it’s logical. I think it’s such a good fit — it feels like the right shoe size now.”
Shifting to a different network shouldn’t have a big impact on the tone of the series, Benoist says, adding, “I do know we’ll have the chance to maybe linger on stories that worked so well last season or stories from the comic-books and stories that stay true to the mythology, so hopefully we can »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The network renewed nearly every one of its shows, so there isn't a ton of room on the fall schedule. Indeed, even established series like "The Originals" and "Reign" appear to be waiting in the wings for midseason.
Here are the trailers for The CW's new shows:
"Frequency," a reimagining of the 2000 film, follows a detective (Peyton List) who can communicate with her dead father through the radio. This causes her to experience dual timelines, one in which her father died and one in which he didn't:
- Kelly Woo
Having added Supergirl to its schedule for the new TV season, The CW has released a couple of promos showcasing its expanding DC superhero slate, with Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El joining the Arrowverse shows Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in the fall…
- Gary Collinson
Earlier today The CW released its fall schedule, and we found out that the network's next big crossover event would include characters from not only The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, but also the latest DC addition, Supergirl. To mark the announcement, we have a couple of new promos: one welcoming Melissa Benoist's Girl of Steel to the CW, the other mashing up footage from all four of the shows for one extended sizzle reel. »
They grow up so fast. The CW highlighted its upcoming 10th anniversary during its Upfront presentation Thursday, in which execs exuded confidence in the foundation and direction of the network’s programming strategy.
“We know our brand. We know what works for us,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said to the roomful of media buyers at Manhattan’s City Center.
Here are 10 things we learned from the CW presentation
“Supergirl” has flown home. The sight of Melissa Benoist joining the DC Comics chorus line of stars including “The Flash’s” Grant Gustin and “Arrow’s” Stephen Amell made so much sense — and offered a preview of the network’s plan for a four-series superhero crossover in 2016, now that CW has acquired the heroine for Season 2. “It belongs here,” Pedowitz said of the show that spent its freshman season down the road on CW’s big brother network, CBS. CW is becoming a man cave. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The CW showcases series starring and run by powerful women, something that seems to (weirdly) still be a bit of a rarity in Hollywood. That’s something network stars Melissa Benoist, Gina Rodriguez and Rachel Bloom praised their host channel for on Thursday morning, during its midtown Manhattan upfront event — an annual attempt to woo advertisers into buying on-air commercial time. The concept of having women front-and-center in the entertainment industry is still “surprisingly rare,” Bloom said from the New York City Center stage, “considering we’re half the world.” “So, I don’t know why it’s taken this long, »
- Tony Maglio
CW president Mark Pedowitz may have just revealed the first consequence of “Supergirl” moving from CBS to his network, as he played coy on whether Calista Flockhart would remain on the show for Season 2. With “Supergirl” moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Flockhart’s status on the show, where she plays Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) boss Cat Grant, was called into question. Discussions with the La-based actress “are ongoing,” Pedowitz said on a conference call with journalists prior to the network’s Upfront presentation Thursday. “We’re happy to have her in whatever capacity is worked out.” Also Read: »
- Linda Ge
“Supergirl” is heading to the CW for its second season — a move that’s not so surprising after long-standing rumors, but a decision that both CBS and CW have remained hush-hush on until now.
“The ratings did start a little higher and they came down a bit,” CBS president Glenn Geller said Wednesday morning at a press conference at the network’s New York City headquarters. “I think it found the right home. It’s a win-win for us. We co-own the CW and we made a great deal with Warner Bros.”
Gellar added, “Who’s to say if we hadn’t made that deal that we wouldn’t have picked it up.”
Before the press conference began, Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, also told reporters that they would have considered picking up the show for a second season.
After declining ratings, would CBS consider another superhero show, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Big spoilers lie ahead for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Whichever side of the imaginary rivalry you fall into, there's no denying that when it comes to movies, DC has got some catching up to do. In the same year as Marvel Studios released their first major crossover, The Avengers, Warner Bros released The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's acclaimed Batman trilogy, which was firmly grounded in the notion that Bruce Wayne is the world's only superhero.
Nolan's disinterest in the larger DC toybox left Warners a few steps behind Disney and Marvel, especially after the failure of 2010's Jonah Hex and 2011's Green Lantern, the latter of which was intended as the first step into a wider universe. »
The CBS superhero show Supergirl has been renewed for Season 2 and will be headed to CW. ‘Supergirl’ Heads To CW For A Season 2 Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist, aired on CBS for its first season, which was considered a different brand for the older-skewing network. At the time, CBS’s former chief Nina Tassler was looking for […]
The post ‘Supergirl’ Renewed For Season 2, Moves From CBS To CW appeared first on uInterview. »
- Shantel Whitaker
It’s tough to love TV, and there’s no tougher time than late spring, when the several waves of broadcast network cancellations herald the arrival of Upfronts. I have a few thoughts on the most recent round of TV cancellations, spinoffs and renewals:
Among the cancellations announced in recent days: “The Grinder,” “Grandfathered,” “Galavant,” “The Family,” “Bordertown,” “Second Chance,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Nashville,” “Castle” and “Containment.” For me, the toughest losses were “Agent Carter” and “The Grinder.” More on the former in a moment, but I have a few thoughts on the latter. “The Grinder” was something of an odd duck, and I do get that it was a niche show (hence its low ratings and Fox’s desire to axe it). But given that it was a knowledgeable and meta-obsessed show that lovingly mocked TV cliches, that particular niche was designed to appeal to TV nerds like me. »
- Maureen Ryan
Networks are making room on their schedules and announcing which current series orders are getting the axe—just in time for the advertising blitz of the upfronts and the big reveal of their 2016–17 slates. Amidst the wreckage at ABC are the Connie Britton–starring, country music drama “Nashville,” which was not picked up for a fifth season. “The Muppets,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Galavant,” “The Family,” and the eight-season deep “Castle” were also cancelled. It was previously announced that “Wicked City” and the biblical drama “Of Kings and Prophets” would not be returning for their sophomore turns. However, the Martha Plimpton–led comedy “The Real O’Neals” and anthology series “American Crime” garnered sufficient audience and critical attention to be renewed for a second and third season, respectively. CBS has given the green light for a second season of “Supergirl” while moving the series to its sister network, the CW. »
The CW has been having some great success with DC Comics superhero shows. Now, CBS has gotten into the game with their own entry -- Supergirl. While Arrow and The Flash fit well with rest of The CW's programming, Supergirl seems out of place on CBS, a network known for older-skewing procedurals. Will the new series soar in the ratings or will it crash? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
Supergirl revolves around Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist). As a girl, she survived Krypton's destruction by being sent to Earth where she was raised as a human. She kept her powers a secret and now, as an adult, works as an assistant at a big city media conglomerate. Kara's existence becomes known to the world and she is enlisted by a super-secret agency to help protect the citizens from evil forces as Supergirl. The rest of »
Last month, CBS announced the renewals of 11 shows, including hits such as Survivor, Elementary, 2 Broke Girls and more, with shows such as The Big Bang Theory and NCIS already picked up for new seasons. One of the most glaring omissions in the network's slate of renewals was the freshman superhero series Supergirl, which has been faring quite well in the ratings in its Monday night 8 Pm time slot. As it turns out, there was a reason that the show wasn't announced for a Season 2 pickup, because the show is shifting to The CW Network this fall.
There had long been rumors that the show would eventually end up at The CW, which is co-owned by both CBS and Warner Bros., since The CW currently airs a trio of hit superhero shows, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, the later of which debuted in January. Variety reports that CBS chairman »
After all the rumors and speculation, Supergirl will indeed have a second season, but it won't be returning to CBS. According to Deadline, Supergirl is moving to The CW. The network confirmed they are picking up the DC comic book adaptation starring Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan and Calista Flockhart for a second season after its freshman season ran on CBS.
Supergirl had the biggest debut during its first season, but lost about half of its viewers over the course of the year. It was CBS’ top-rated rookie drama this season, but it was down from comedies in the Monday night timeslot last year.
The series follows Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), who escapes the doomed planet of Krypton to find protection on Earth with the Danver family. »
- Kellvin Chavez
According to VancouverFilm.Net, the CBS superhero TV series "Supergirl" will relocate from Los Angeles to Vancouver, to film a Second Season, joining other DC Comics adapted live-action CW TV series "Arrow", "The Flash" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow":
Starring Melissa Benoist as 'Kara Danvers' aka 'Supergirl' and Calista Flockhart as 'Cat Grant', CBS' head Les Moonves said the network planned to renew all of its freshman series, including "Supergirl"...
...but reportedly balked @ paying big licensing fees with Warners, on top of each episode's $3 million budget.
Earlier this year, a "Supergirl" episode featured a 'crossover' with "The Flash".
"...'Supergirl' is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character 'Kara Zor-El' (Benoist), the cousin of 'Kal-El' aka 'Superman' who after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. »
- Michael Stevens
"Supergirl" has been renewed for a second season, but it won't air on CBS: The superhero drama will fly on over to sister network The CW for its sophomore outing.
News broke late Thursday afternoon about the move, which will unite "Supergirl" with her other super-themed friends on existing CW shows "The Flash," "Arrow," and "Legends of Tomorrow." Earlier this year, a "Flash"-"Supergirl" crossover was a critical and ratings hit, prompting speculation that "Supergirl" could make the permanent move to The CW should CBS balk at renewing the so-so-rated show. The series, starring Melissa Benoist as the titular heroine, has averaged 10.03 million overall viewers in live-plus-7 numbers in season one.
When it was first in development, "Supergirl" seemed like a no-brainer to land at The CW, since it already fit that network's existing programming. But CBS wanted to court the superhero audience for itself, and scooped up the property. »
- Katie Roberts
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