CBS had previously nixed the idea of their freshman series ‘Supergirl’ crossing over with established CW hits ‘The Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ mainly because (as it was reported) they wanted the show to flourish on its own. The fact that the shows are on rival networks surely had something to do with it as well. But while ‘Supergirl’ had the biggest debut of the fall, its ratings have steadily declined with subsequent episodes. Is CBS reconsidering its embargo? It sounds like it, if the latest rumor is true.
Take this with a grain of salt, as you should with any internet rumors. Even with the fact that ‘Supergirl’ was the most anticipated new series of the fall, CBS played it safe and only ordered 13 episodes, with the option for a “back nine,” meaning that the network could order nine additional episodes which would bring the first season to 22 episodes. But with ratings sagging, it seems CBS might be considering bringing the cast of ‘The Flash’ over for spring sweeps in May. Sweeps week is when networks pay special attention to ratings to determine which shows, new or old, will return in the fall. Will ‘The Flash’ gang help give ‘Supergirl’ the boost it needs to carry on?
One caveat to keep in mind is that The CW isn’t considered one of the big four network. ‘The Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ are massive hits for them, but with the same ratings, those two shows would possibly be “on the bubble” at CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX. It’s not a certainty that a guest appearance would boost ‘Supergirl’ to the level that would really swing its fate in one direction or the other.
But in other DC TV news, Matt Ryan’s return as ‘Constantine’ on ‘Arrow’ delivered solid ratings and fans loved seeing the supernatural investigator “where he belonged.” Even producer David S. Goyer admitted that ‘Constantine’ probably was a bad fit for its network, NBC, where it floundered and was cancelled after one season. Despite ‘Arrow”s more grounded tone, Ryan’s John Constantine seemed to fit in easily and fans have since been clamoring for The CW to pick up the show and relaunch it.
Of course that’s easier said than done with rights issues. The CW may not be able to give ‘Constantine’ his own show, but the latest rumor is that they would like to use the character again on ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Season Two.
‘Legends’ was first announced as a limited run show, but those are almost always devised with the possibility that they could, should ratings prove strong enough, evolve into ongoing programs. Even though ‘Legends’ won’t debut until January, anticipation is high and it’s entirely possible that the network is already looking ahead to a second go-round.
Word has it ‘Legends’ will shake up its roster and mission with each installment. This first season features Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, The Atom, White Canary, Firestorm, Captain Cold and Heatwave travelling through time to battle immortal villain Vandal Savage.
For the second season, the group will incorporate new characters, possibly John Constantine, on a new mission. The CW is reportedly also looking to cast ‘The Vampire Diaries’ alum Steven R. McQueen for an undisclosed role. McQueen has, of course, been lobbying hard for the role of Nightwing, but TNT currently holds the rights to that character. But I’m sure McQueen will take another super hero role if it is offered.
What do you think of these rumors? Would you like to see ‘The Flash’ gang on ‘Supergirl’? How do you feel about John Constantine headlining a second season of ‘Legends of Tomorrow’?
Source: Comic Book Movie