At the end of last week, The CW Network held their upfronts, discussing the upcoming seasons of their programming.
Looking at the network's schedule, I am amazed at how much DC programs will be available. Our favorite heroes dominate the 8pm hour Monday through Thursday. And it all kicks off on Mondays with their new show Supergirl.
As I said recently, I am thrilled the show got renewed. I am glad that the cast and staff seems (for the most part) intact. And I love the fact that it retains its day and time. Supergirl will remain appointment watching on Monday, kicking of the week in a super way.
I love this image, the promotional shot for the show. I like that Supergirl is staring straight into the camera in this iconic flying pose. Just fantastic.
On to the coverage! There are a ton of articles about the move so just google 'Supergirl CW' and you'll find some info. But here are a few blurbs that caught my eye. So here are some links, clips, and commentary.
CW president Mark Pedowitz ... asserted that the CW is “where it should have been in the first
place.” CW is projecting that “Supergirl” will be among its top three
most-watched series, as it will bring some viewers along from CBS while
reaching much deeper into the CW’s younger demos. “I don’t think (the move) will have a major effect on how they actualize what they do,” he said.
I don't know much about Pedowitz but he is saying the all the right things here. Of course the hope is that Supergirl will be among their most-watched series. I hope, of course, that all the people who watched it on CBS will just turn the dial on Mondays. If the ratings are the same as the finale, Supergirl will be a huge hit for The CW.
There has been some concern about budget cuts so hearing Pedowitz say there shouldn't be a major effect on the show's production was also great to hear.
Another concern has been that the move from Hollywood to Vancouver might change the producers and cast. Calista Flockhart supposedly had a clause saying if the production site changed, she could opt out.
Pedowitz noted that conversations on that
subject were ongoing, and he was thrilled to hear that the Ally McBeal
star wants to return, whether that be as a regular or as a recurring
character. He added, “We’re happy to have her in whatever capacity that
I am old enough to remember the Farrah Fawcett opt out of Charlie's Angels. Fawcett was allowed to leave the show as long as she did three appearances on Angels in the future. Maybe we can have a similar rule. Cat is a huge part of the show. I'd hate for her to be gone 100%. Some Cat is better than no Cat. So fly her in for four episodes.
So the network has a schedule as follows:
Monday - Supergirl
Tuesday - Flash
Wednesday - Arrow
Thursday - Legends of Tomorrow
Of course, everyone being on the same network means this could be a shared universe. Supergirl has been shown to live on another Earth. So there would need to be some story wrinkle to take her to the Flarrow universe. But it sounds like it is going to happen.
CW head Mark Pedowitz confirmed that all four of their Greg
Berlanti-produced DC series will join up for one big story. Said
Pedowitz, "Just imagine what our superhero crossover episode is going to
look like come December," while also referring to the crossover as "the
biggest one ever."
Imagine all four of those shows crossing over. The kid in me is giddy. We live in this world.
Now I think we have seen enough references to the Crisis in the Flash show to make me think that some version of it could be coming to the CW. What better way to bring Supergirl into the fold than by merging the universes. Why not unify things.
Melissa Benoist said: “I can’t say I’m surprised. I think it’s logical. I think it’s such a good fit — it feels like the right shoe size now. 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 marinate and spend more time on things like that.”
One of my complaints about the first season was the sense that some episodes and stories were rushed. 'For the Girl who has everything' should have been two episodes. 'Falling' and 'Manhunter' could have been two episodes. So maybe the writers can breathe a little easier and let the stories flow more naturally.
Victor Garber said: “I’m thrilled. I love her and I love the show. I don’t know how I can make an appearance on that show, but maybe they’ll need a professorial viewpoint.”
Caity Lotz said: “It’s wild! I’m super excited. That fact that we can now crossover onto ‘Supergirl’ and they’re going to be up in Vancouver with us, we’re just going to have a big cult out there — like a Berlanti cult.”
Sounds like everyone is fired up. Head to that link to read what Grant Gustin, Mehcad Brooks, and others had to say. I'm very glad to read this.