Last week, CBS officially gave Supergirl a series order, and today, during the network's upfront presentation in New York City, it was announced that the show will debut on Monday nights at 8 PM ET. Supergirl won't debut until sometime in November, though, since the 8 PM time slot will be occupied by The Big Bang Theory for the first few weeks of the season, before it returns to its Thursday 8 PM time slot after the network's run of NFL Thursday Night Football has ended. When Supergirl does premiere, it will be going toe-to-toe with another DC Comics adaptation, Fox's Gotham. Shortly after announcing the Monday night time slot, CBS released new photos featuring Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks and Calista Flockhart, along with the official plot description, which you can read below.
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman's (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents' help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.
Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet's former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara's days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow), Ali Adler, Sarah Schechter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (Arrow). Take a look at the new photos from Supergirl, and stay tuned for the first trailer.