While CBS has been known to pull the plug out of some very outstanding shows (cough* ‘Person of Interest’ *cough), even their Kryptonite wasn’t strong enough to stop ‘Supergirl’ from seeing a second season! News has broken that the freshman series will now head over to the CW network to join her other DC brethren for Season 2.
‘Supergirl’ has been on the questionable renewal cliff ever since the end of Season 1. While CBS seemed very interested in continuing the series, it couldn’t justify bringing it back with the large price tag of $3million per episode (yes, that’s not a misprint! ‘Supergirl’ costs $3million an episode to make mainly due to licensing fees to the WB since CBS doesn’t own the show). That and the fact that the show’s ratings dropped from 13 million viewers from the premiere episode to 6.5 million by the finale, the network was hard pressed as to what to do.
Luckily, there is a little network called the CW which CBS happens to co-own with Warner Bros Entertainment and where the producer of ‘Supergirl,’ Greg Berlanti, also has a few other DC superhero shows there where they call home, mainly ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash,’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow.’ While the viewership numbers may not be too impressive to CBS, they would be a boom to the CW whose highest rated show, ‘The Flash,’ averages around 5.7 million viewers.
There had been rumors over the last few days that this move was inevitable. Because the CW obviously does not have the same budget as CBS, to offset the costs of making ‘Supergirl,’ production is being moved to Vancouver. This also means that other areas of the show will be cut but hopefully that won’t affect the quality of the series when it returns in the Fall.
Of course, the big caveat of having ‘Supergirl’ air on the CW is the crossover possibilities among the DC shows. Ratings for ‘The Flash’/’Supergirl’ crossover episode, “World’s Finest,” were one of the best numbers the series had. Stephen Amell at one point stated he’d like to see Oliver Queen visit National City for an Arrow/Supergirl team up. Of course, since it’s already been established that ‘Supergirl’ takes place on an alternate Earth, that may be difficult but I’m sure the writers can find some space-time loop wormhole to make it happen.
We’ll keep you apprised of any new details as they come in regarding ‘Supergirl’ and her move to a new home. In the meantime, let us know what you think about this news in the comments below!
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