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UPDATED: Is “Supergirl” in great danger at CBS? Here’s where we stand…

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THIRD AND FINAL UPDATE : The show is now officially ordered to series at CBS !

SECOND UPDATE: Things are looking good for “Supergirl” now, with a series order definitely on the table. CBS president Nina Tassler reportedly “loved it”. Conflicting rumours tend to prove though CBS really doesn’t what to do with it. Some say it might end up in the summer (2016), with companion shows like “Under The Dome”, which would make sense. But others say Sunday at 8 is discussed… 

UPDATE: According to Variety Supergirl is too expensive for the CW and is seen more profitable for CBS. The show has “a good chance to go to series“. Stay tuned!

What’s happening with the Supergirl TV show? In spite of its series commitment at CBS, it may never see the light of day… 

Is it Wonder Woman all over again? Superheroins definitely have a hard time flying on their own, both on cinema and television. Some sort of curse as every project developed goes to trash at some point. This time it’s Supergirl who’s facing difficulties at CBS. As the series order seemed like a sure thing when the pilot was announced in January, backed up by a series commitment, it’s less and less a sure thing now. In their last “Primetime Pilot Panic Early Buzz“, Deadline qualifies it as appearing to be “a contender“. That doesn’t sound good actually. It means, at least, CBS is not that satisfied with it, after the extensive post-production it required. Or at best, they like it but less than other pilots. It’s a tight race and they may have to make a very tough call.

Of course, there’s always the solution to make room for it on sister network The CW (like they did with Ringer a few years ago, originally set up at CBS), especially as it seems a better fit since the beginning. But does CW really has room for it? With Arrow, The Flash and the upcoming spin-off due for midseason, plus virtually all their other shows renewed (at the exception of Hart of Dixie and probably late entry The Messengers) and 4 pilot contenders, things are complicated. The show could be abandoned, pure and simple.

So what might have happened?

Bad script. I have it on good authority that the script is firmly kept under wraps at the moment with very few people authorized to read it. There was presumably a lot of rewrites at last minute and they may even have to reshoot scenes if the show is finally ordered to series. It’s not totally uncommon for high profile projects but it can’t be a good sign either.

Bad Buzz. When CBS decided to show how the new Supergirl‘s costume looked like in a picture sent to the press, the comments from both journalists and people were not very kind, to say the least. Not only about the costume itself but also about Melissa Benoist who, it has to be said, lacks charisma. Since people were not that interested in the show in the first place, bad buzz won’t help…

Bad screenings. Even if it’s too soon to have real informations about how the pilot was received in the inside of the network -especially considering the fact that the official screenings phase has not started yet- they may not have liked what they’ve seen so far through rough cuts. That doesn’t mean the final product won’t satisfy them, even though the real test is with the panel audience…

Now, we’ll have to wait a few days to know more. CBS upfronts are on May, 13 and we should hear more rumours until then. One thing’s for sure: Supergirl is an important asset for Warner Bros. Television, it has a great appeal internationally, so if CBS really doesn’t want it and The CW can’t shelter it, they’ll probably try to shop it elsewhere. Supergirl is not deat YET!

Show’s description: Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.

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Catch of the day: Glee’s Melissa Benoist is “Supergirl” for CBS!

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Ladies and gentlemen, CBS has made up its mind: Melissa Benoist from Glee‘s worst hours is the new Supergirl ! Super good or super bad choice?

Melissa Benoist was in competition for the role against Claire Holt from The Vampire Diaries and Elizabeth Lail, discovered recently in Once Upon A Time as Frozen’s Anna, per Deadline. The Glee alumn had small parts in Oscar nominated movie Whiplash, also Homeland, The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, some of the best shows out there. She will next be seen alongside Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Jennifer Garner in the movie Danny Collins. It’s hard to tell at this very moment if she’s the right choice since her role in Glee was so badly written she couldn’t prove much. She’s sweet, she’s beautiful, but does she have enough charisma to play Supergirl? I’m not sure. We will have to trust CBS on this. After all, they must have seen hundred of candidates and they chose her. She already has a fanbase, that helps.

At the beginning of the show, Kara Zor-El is chosen to be sent to Earth from her dying home planet of Krypton. Once arrived she is taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who teaches her to be careful with her extraordinary powers. When she turns twenty-four, Kara Danvers feels unempowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself – this, we know Melissa Benoist can play without any problem. Then, an unexpected disaster forces her to use her incredible powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice. She’s even given a new moniker, Supergirl. And that’s when the actress will have to show she’s more than a pretty face.

Written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, for Warner Bros. Television and DC Comics, Supergirl still doesn’t look like a CBS show, more of a CW one. But CBS chief Nina Tassler was clear at the last TCAs: the series is not going anywhere. It will stay on CBS and it will not pull a Ringer. She even declared no crossovers with Arrow and The Flash are to be expected anytime soon, even if all of the characters live in the same universe. For now, my guess is Supergirl won’t fly very high this fall…

So what do you think? Hit the comments!

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