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True Blood's Mehcad Brooks to play Jimmy Olsen in CBS' Supergirl series

01.29.2015

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CBS' Supergirl series has found its James "Jimmy" Olsen in the form of True Blood and Necessary Roughness star Mehcad Brooks. Aaron Ashmore previously portrayed Olsen on the small screen in Smallville, and Sam Huntington played the photojournalist in Bryan Singer's SUPERMAN RETURNS.

But based on the THR's description of the character, it sounds like Mehcad's Olsen will be a little different compared to other versions of the character, and he might be a potential love interest for Kara Zor-El (WHIPLASH's Melissa Benoist) aka Supergirl.

Olsen, in the CBS take, is a photographer at CatCo., where Kara works. He's the salt of the earth and this only makes Kara crush on him even more. The character has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret. But with Kara emerging as Supergirl they grow closer.

Arrow and The Flash's Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler are writing and executive producing the series, and there's a chance Supergirl could crossover with both CW shows at some point. There's no word on when CBS will start airing Supergirl, but it will likely debut in late 2015, or sometime in 2016.

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12:57PM on 01/30/2015

EGGS??

Yeah!? I think this is a terrible idea! I remember EGGS in TB, he was a ripped ninja turtle looking dude.. We need the bumbling idiot not the ripped tmnt!
Yeah!? I think this is a terrible idea! I remember EGGS in TB, he was a ripped ninja turtle looking dude.. We need the bumbling idiot not the ripped tmnt!
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1:50AM on 01/30/2015
If they wanted a Black Olsen why couldn't they have gotten someone like Luke Youngblood? He was pretty Jimmy-esque on Galavant recently, and he does an American accent on Community. Brooks is too fuckable. There, I said it. Also, there is already a handsome Black reporter at the Daily Planet. His name is Ron Troupe. He first appeared during that Death And Return of Superman business. He's been portrayed at various ages so they could make him younger/older if need be. But whatever, what
If they wanted a Black Olsen why couldn't they have gotten someone like Luke Youngblood? He was pretty Jimmy-esque on Galavant recently, and he does an American accent on Community. Brooks is too fuckable. There, I said it. Also, there is already a handsome Black reporter at the Daily Planet. His name is Ron Troupe. He first appeared during that Death And Return of Superman business. He's been portrayed at various ages so they could make him younger/older if need be. But whatever, what I'm actually concerned about is how dumb the rest of that blurb sounded. National City? Why not just have her living in Citibank? Catco I'm guessing has something to do with horrendously annoying character Cat Grant. I was wondering how Berlanti and Adler can make this sound so bad after their successes... then I re-read "...in the CBS take...". Uh-oh.
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5:41PM on 01/29/2015
Worst. Casting. Ever.
Worst. Casting. Ever.
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3:12PM on 01/29/2015
I'd love to meet the guys who pitched this. I really don't care if he's black or white, but who the hell thought that goofy Jimmy Olsen should be played by a good looking, buff as all hell, tall dude. If this was a white dude, it would still be hilarious.
I'd love to meet the guys who pitched this. I really don't care if he's black or white, but who the hell thought that goofy Jimmy Olsen should be played by a good looking, buff as all hell, tall dude. If this was a white dude, it would still be hilarious.
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3:09PM on 01/29/2015

Oh noes.

We wouldn't want our symbol of Aryan purity lusting after some subhuman Üntermensch now, would we?

Sarcasm aside, I liked Mehcad in TRUE BLOOD so I'm fine with him as Jimmy Olsen. DC made Olsen a top investigative reporter several times during the character's run (from the 1950's through the 1970's, and Jack Kirby's run), so I can easily see him as a sidekick/love interest for Kara. At one point, Kirby had Kara marry Jimmy Olsen and told him she was Supergirl.
We wouldn't want our symbol of Aryan purity lusting after some subhuman Üntermensch now, would we?

Sarcasm aside, I liked Mehcad in TRUE BLOOD so I'm fine with him as Jimmy Olsen. DC made Olsen a top investigative reporter several times during the character's run (from the 1950's through the 1970's, and Jack Kirby's run), so I can easily see him as a sidekick/love interest for Kara. At one point, Kirby had Kara marry Jimmy Olsen and told him she was Supergirl.
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2:39PM on 01/29/2015

Ain't it a bitch?

Black dude taking roles away from redheaded actors ;p
Black dude taking roles away from redheaded actors ;p
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4:54PM on 01/29/2015
Yeah...
Who's defending redheaded actors' rights, right ?!
Yeah...
Who's defending redheaded actors' rights, right ?!
2:35PM on 01/29/2015
The first season of True Blood was good. Then the second season comes around and the super dopey writing really became apparent, starting with this guy's characters nickname beings Eggs because his name was Benedict. SO CLEVER.

I associate him with the ruination of that series.
The first season of True Blood was good. Then the second season comes around and the super dopey writing really became apparent, starting with this guy's characters nickname beings Eggs because his name was Benedict. SO CLEVER.

I associate him with the ruination of that series.
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1:55PM on 01/29/2015

On this, And other "Race Lift" casting

So, this is a change I don't mind. I think you can play with the representations of secondary and tertiary characters with a lot more freedom than truly iconic characters such as Superman or Johnny Storm. It's like making April's boss at Channel 6 a black lady in the new TMNT, or going with a girl version of Jimmy for MoS. Sometimes it's okay, and sometimes it even works. In fact, for me at least, it's worked lots of times. I didn't mind the "race lift" for Kingpin in DD or Alicia Masters in FF
So, this is a change I don't mind. I think you can play with the representations of secondary and tertiary characters with a lot more freedom than truly iconic characters such as Superman or Johnny Storm. It's like making April's boss at Channel 6 a black lady in the new TMNT, or going with a girl version of Jimmy for MoS. Sometimes it's okay, and sometimes it even works. In fact, for me at least, it's worked lots of times. I didn't mind the "race lift" for Kingpin in DD or Alicia Masters in FF (although, both are admittedly not the best flicks.) To name a good movie it worked with, check out the MCUs use of Idris Elba (haha, see, it's not just Nick Fury, who works, but is more of a first-string character than I'm trying to go with here... I digress.) I also love Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent. 'Coulda been a great Two-Face. It's just when it doesn't service the character's that it bothers me, or when I feel like it hasn't been utilized fully or correctly... Anyway, the point here is I'm cool with a black Jimmy. I'm uncertain about this guy, as his Eggs character on TB annoyed the piss out of me, but I'm willing to give him a chance.

EDIT: Edited to say, I also give no fcks that Supergirl may be interested in, or in fact, bang a black man. Good for her, more power to her. That is a total non-issue, no matter if the character is an originally white character who is cast black or a completely original black character. People who are hung up on something that pathetic.... well, that's just not fcking cool, guys.
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1:39PM on 01/29/2015
Awesome....
Looking forward to the show...
Awesome....
Looking forward to the show...
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1:14PM on 01/29/2015
They should have gone the man of steel route and changed jimmy to jenny. Now that would make for interesting show. Although I don't know if more people would be offended by that or a change in race.
They should have gone the man of steel route and changed jimmy to jenny. Now that would make for interesting show. Although I don't know if more people would be offended by that or a change in race.
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1:11PM on 01/29/2015
First of all, I don't see why Kara couldn't fall for a 'black dude'. She's supposed to be from a more evolved race (no racism... Hell, no homophobia... Let her fall for a black girl, people !!) and their have been black Kryptonians before, in the comics, so I don't see the point.
I can even understand why they must have an African-American in the cast because of the quotas (you can hate this word, it's still accurate and you now it)... Remember how in the Smallville TV show, Pete Ross (blond
First of all, I don't see why Kara couldn't fall for a 'black dude'. She's supposed to be from a more evolved race (no racism... Hell, no homophobia... Let her fall for a black girl, people !!) and their have been black Kryptonians before, in the comics, so I don't see the point.
I can even understand why they must have an African-American in the cast because of the quotas (you can hate this word, it's still accurate and you now it)... Remember how in the Smallville TV show, Pete Ross (blond and blue eyes in the comics) became a black guy when the character created to be the 'black quotas', Chloe Sullivan, became a white girl after Allison Mack's audition !
What I don't agree with is to make him Jimmy 'nerdy carrot top' Olsen...
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12:22PM on 01/29/2015

So far from the source material

I could live with a black Jimmy Olsen, but this guy is too hunky for the role. Instead of a kinda nerdy "friendzone"-ginger they go for a black stud...don't get it.
I could live with a black Jimmy Olsen, but this guy is too hunky for the role. Instead of a kinda nerdy "friendzone"-ginger they go for a black stud...don't get it.
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11:37AM on 01/29/2015

It just wouldn't be JoBlo

Without a healthy dose of racism in the comments. News Flash: White people and black people have been fuckin' for many years.
Without a healthy dose of racism in the comments. News Flash: White people and black people have been fuckin' for many years.
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1:02PM on 01/29/2015
That may be true, but we don't want Supergirl doing it.
That may be true, but we don't want Supergirl doing it.
11:27AM on 01/29/2015

Supergirl crushing on a black dude

What a whore. I blame Obama.
What a whore. I blame Obama.
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1:40PM on 01/29/2015
Aren't you late for your White Supremist meeting?


Aren't you late for your White Supremist meeting?


2:18PM on 01/29/2015
I'm black, so they would probably lynch me.
I'm black, so they would probably lynch me.
5:00PM on 01/29/2015
Hehehe
Maybe you should blame Obama for that one too...
Hehehe
Maybe you should blame Obama for that one too...
11:03AM on 01/29/2015
This guy was annoying on True Blood, so this doesen't inspire much hope. And I wonder how long it takes for everyone on here to call each other out with the race card.
This guy was annoying on True Blood, so this doesen't inspire much hope. And I wonder how long it takes for everyone on here to call each other out with the race card.
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10:56AM on 01/29/2015
I wonder if this series would break the current formula that made Arrow and The Flash successful - one hero with two awesome sidekicks.
I wonder if this series would break the current formula that made Arrow and The Flash successful - one hero with two awesome sidekicks.
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10:51AM on 01/29/2015
A black guy named Jimmy. Uh-uh, i dont think anyone will believe that.
A black guy named Jimmy. Uh-uh, i dont think anyone will believe that.
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10:55AM on 01/29/2015
What is up with these comments on race today?!
What is up with these comments on race today?!
11:54AM on 01/29/2015
Im a black guy who likes to make fun of things i know people will have a problem with. Personally i really dont care if they get a Latino, Asian or Middle Eastern. Far from racist, just like to poke fun at it, keeps me from getting offended if im called to dreaded "N" word by someone being racist. But seriously though, i never met a black dude named Jimmy in my entire 30+ years. Guess i should move outta Vegas
Im a black guy who likes to make fun of things i know people will have a problem with. Personally i really dont care if they get a Latino, Asian or Middle Eastern. Far from racist, just like to poke fun at it, keeps me from getting offended if im called to dreaded "N" word by someone being racist. But seriously though, i never met a black dude named Jimmy in my entire 30+ years. Guess i should move outta Vegas
12:32PM on 01/29/2015
Jimmy Walker?
Jimmy Walker?
12:38PM on 01/29/2015
Met. I said met. And trust me, i used to watch that show (Good Times for those who don't know) back back back back in the day and Jimmy was the only person i could think of.
Met. I said met. And trust me, i used to watch that show (Good Times for those who don't know) back back back back in the day and Jimmy was the only person i could think of.
12:39PM on 01/29/2015
And Jim Brown, if you want to include him too
And Jim Brown, if you want to include him too
12:44PM on 01/29/2015
Its funny how i make a joke about no one believing in a black dude named Jimmy and get thumbed down, but someone else makes a comment about not feeling supergirl dating a black dude and get multiple thumbs up. I love the trolls and haters on these sites.
Its funny how i make a joke about no one believing in a black dude named Jimmy and get thumbed down, but someone else makes a comment about not feeling supergirl dating a black dude and get multiple thumbs up. I love the trolls and haters on these sites.
3:51PM on 01/29/2015
i love you tearlis (no homo)
i love you tearlis (no homo)
10:13AM on 01/29/2015
Ginger hair and freckles or GTFO.
Ginger hair and freckles or GTFO.
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9:49AM on 01/29/2015

HUH?

This guy is like 6'6", lean, and muscular... sort of the opposite of Jimmy Olsen.
Supergirl is going to have a crush on a black dude?
Not feeling this at all.
This guy is like 6'6", lean, and muscular... sort of the opposite of Jimmy Olsen.
Supergirl is going to have a crush on a black dude?
Not feeling this at all.
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10:45AM on 01/29/2015
You could have made your point without the unnecessary comment on race.
You could have made your point without the unnecessary comment on race.
12:59PM on 01/29/2015
Don't get your panties in a bunch...
Don't get your panties in a bunch...
9:30AM on 01/30/2015
Good example of why studios don't take internet feedback seriously anymore, people still living in the 1950's.
Good example of why studios don't take internet feedback seriously anymore, people still living in the 1950's.
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