With all of the major TV networks getting ready to unveil their 2015-2016 schedule at the upfront presentations next week, CBS has issued an early series order for Supergirl. The network's deal between Warner Bros. TV and executive producer Greg Berlanti included an early deadline for the network to make a decision on the pilot, a perk only reserved for the most prolific producers, such as Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory). This show will be the third DC Comics property that Greg Berlanti has brought to the small screen, following Arrow and The Flash.
Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, who escaped from her home planet of Krypton at a young age and has been hiding in plain sight on Earth ever since, refusing to showcase her incredible powers. At the age of 24, Kara decides to embrace her abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. The supporting cast includes Calista Flockhart as Kara's boss and CatCo owner Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as photographer and Kara's potential love interest Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Kara's foster sister Alex Danvers, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, a.k.a. Cyborg Superman, Jeremy Jordan as Wynn Schott, a.k.a. Toyman and Laura Benanti as Kara's birth mother, Alura Zor-El, in a major recurring arc.
The series will also star Helen Slater, who played the title character in the 1984 Supergirl movie, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman star Dean Cain, although their roles were not revealed. Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg wrote the pilot script, with Glen Winter directing the pilot, which was said to cost over $14 million. Stay tuned for more on Supergirl as the upfront presentations start next week.