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Supergirl's future up in the air in finding a Season 2 home for the series

05.05.2016

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The future SUPERGIRL is up in the air right now... And that's not some clever pun. That's the literal truth. 

The CBS series based on the DC Comics superheroine finished its episode for Season One, and, while results have been mixed - the fans that watch seem to like it, but they have found themselves cut in half from the amount that tuned in for the show's premiere - the network has yet to re-up for a second season. 

One of the main factors that seems to be weighing on CBS is the price tag of the show. Currently, the network pays a $3 million licensing fee per episode for the right to air SUPERGIRL, one of the highest licenses ever for a brand-new show. And with ratings that are merely okay for a show that expensive, CBS may be having second thoughts about continuing SUPERGIRL on their airwaves. To put further pressure on any sort of deal being struck between CBS and Warner Bros, Television, CBS is set to announce their fall schedule in a couple of weeks at their upfront presentation... and, unless they can find some more favorable terms, that may leave SUPERGIRL off their slate, and WB TV with nothing rather than something. 

Here's where things get really interesting though... SUPERGIRL could end up on The CW, which is a joint venture between CBS and Warner Bros. (CBS does program the network.) The CW is already home to various superhero shows, like ARROW, THE FLASH - who recently had a crossover with SUPERGIRL and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, and once was the landing spot of the Superman series SMALLVILLE. Their demographics also may be more favorable towards SUPERGIRL than the viewership of CBS. In fact, rumors of such a leap have been making the rounds in fan circles for months, because, on paper, it seems to make perfect sense. 

However, the problem with such an arrangement once again comes down to the cost of the show.  Shows on The CW typically don't pay such hefty licensing fees, and, because the network doesn't draw the bigger numbers that CBS, NBC, ABC or Fox do, the budgets of their shows are usually much less than what SUPERGIRL has been operating on. Therefore, in order to shift networks, SUPERGIRL may have to make cuts in order to survive elsewhere... which may wind up affecting the quality of the show. 

It certainly is a dicey situation that has a ticking clock working against it... but it shouldn't be too long before we gain some clarity on SUPERGIRL's future home. That is, if she has one at all in a couple of weeks.

Source: The Wrap

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4:42PM on 05/06/2016
Up in the air - just like her open thighs on the internet not so long ago.
Up in the air - just like her open thighs on the internet not so long ago.
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9:56AM on 05/06/2016

Ca-Ca-Ca-Cancelled!!

What a shitty show from start to finish. I knew this wouldn't do well. Nobody cares about Supergirl or the shitty scripts they pooped out. Not once did she ever have any cool moments. She fought like a toddler, never using her powers wisely. The show deserved to be cancelled after the first preview for it aired.
What a shitty show from start to finish. I knew this wouldn't do well. Nobody cares about Supergirl or the shitty scripts they pooped out. Not once did she ever have any cool moments. She fought like a toddler, never using her powers wisely. The show deserved to be cancelled after the first preview for it aired.
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9:02AM on 05/06/2016
If they're unable to renegotiate the $3M licensing per episode, then they could also drop some of the production costs as well to balance it out. They could write out the DEO (or whatever the organization is called) as that would drop a lot of costs on sets, extras, and FX. Streamline the show so that it's JUST Supergirl with a supporting cast more akin to a Superman comic. I'm not sure why WB/CBS is so set on the superheroes having these support teams that rival the CIA. Just keep the show
If they're unable to renegotiate the $3M licensing per episode, then they could also drop some of the production costs as well to balance it out. They could write out the DEO (or whatever the organization is called) as that would drop a lot of costs on sets, extras, and FX. Streamline the show so that it's JUST Supergirl with a supporting cast more akin to a Superman comic. I'm not sure why WB/CBS is so set on the superheroes having these support teams that rival the CIA. Just keep the show simple to Kara balancing her life as Kara Danvers and Supergirl. All their money can go into FX as they can work with a limited number of sets and do some on location shooting for some other things.
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7:58AM on 05/06/2016
Kinda reminds me of the Netflix show, The 100. It's cheesy and obviously targeted for a specific audience. But if the viewers aren't there, chances are the network will move onto a new project.
Kinda reminds me of the Netflix show, The 100. It's cheesy and obviously targeted for a specific audience. But if the viewers aren't there, chances are the network will move onto a new project.
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4:32AM on 05/06/2016
Solid show! It is sometimes cheesy as hell, but it is targeted to another audience (younger and female), so that's okay to a degree. Most of the actors are good and Melissa Benoist is a great fit for Supergirl. But it also has some great elements for fans, like Martian Manhunter for example, and some impressive CGI.
Solid show! It is sometimes cheesy as hell, but it is targeted to another audience (younger and female), so that's okay to a degree. Most of the actors are good and Melissa Benoist is a great fit for Supergirl. But it also has some great elements for fans, like Martian Manhunter for example, and some impressive CGI.
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12:55AM on 05/06/2016

It would be a shame.....

The show had a really bad start and a mediocre conclusion, but there were some seriously good episodes in the middle. Benoit was surprisingly good as the lead, and the rest of the cast had a great chemistry. I don't think it works on the CW because it's audience tends to like the darker shows (and if you change the tone of Supergirl, I think you kill a large part of it's young audience), but it can succeed on CBS. The biggest thing is that DC needs to get it's head out of it's ass. You have
The show had a really bad start and a mediocre conclusion, but there were some seriously good episodes in the middle. Benoit was surprisingly good as the lead, and the rest of the cast had a great chemistry. I don't think it works on the CW because it's audience tends to like the darker shows (and if you change the tone of Supergirl, I think you kill a large part of it's young audience), but it can succeed on CBS. The biggest thing is that DC needs to get it's head out of it's ass. You have a great vehicle to draw viewers to your shows and movies (and comics), so why hold up the network? They should be THRILLED to have that platform and those ratings numbers.

But if it does get renewed, they need to find a way to balance the character arcs. It got really weird with great episodes followed by weird romance dramedy. If they can write with the level they showed in "The Girl Who Has Everything," it can succeed wildly.
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11:13PM on 05/05/2016

Renewed

The bear says;
'In terms of renewal chances, though, that won’t matter much. “Supergirl” is still CBS’ top-rated freshman drama by a decent margin, and the network isn’t going to walk away from that.'
The bear says;
'In terms of renewal chances, though, that won’t matter much. “Supergirl” is still CBS’ top-rated freshman drama by a decent margin, and the network isn’t going to walk away from that.'
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9:03PM on 05/05/2016
Flash proves you can have big superhero action on a budget in the right hands. CBS stupidly put Supergirl in the same time slot as Fox's Gotham, which is a dumb show but had an established audience of the same target demo.

Hope it happens, show's too good to die and if it can be brought closer to Flash/Arrow all the better.
Flash proves you can have big superhero action on a budget in the right hands. CBS stupidly put Supergirl in the same time slot as Fox's Gotham, which is a dumb show but had an established audience of the same target demo.

Hope it happens, show's too good to die and if it can be brought closer to Flash/Arrow all the better.
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