Superheroes are indeed all the rage on the small screen, and CBS is getting into the game for the upcoming 2015-16 TV season with Supergirl. Per the folks at TV Line, the network has picked up the DC Comics adaptation to series after getting a look at the pilot executive produced by Greg Berlanti, who is also behind sister network The CW’s Arrow and The Flash.
The series stars Melissa Benoist (Glee) as Kara Zor-El, aka “Supergirl”, and picks up with the character at the age of 24. She’s been hiding her powers since first arriving on Earth from Krypton years ago, but finally decides to embrace her abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Ali Adler (Chuck) wrote the pilot and serve as executive producers for the show, which also stars Mechad Brooks (Desperate Housewives), Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal), Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy), and Jeremy Jordan (The Last Five Years), with appearances by original Supergirl Helen Slater and previous Superman Dean Cain already slotted.
This adds to the plethora of superhero content already on the small screen, but as long as ratings continue to hold, the trend isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. With that being the case, it’s nice to see a female-led show of that ilk getting on the air—especially after David E. Kelley’s disastrous Wonder Woman pilot.
We’ll find out exactly when Supergirl will debut on CBS next week, when the network unveils its full schedule at the upfronts presentation.