It’s been rumoured for the last while and over the last half an hour it’s been officially confirmed by media outlets (Variety and Deadline) that Supergirl will be moving from CBS to CW next fall as it is renewed for a second season.
CBS picked up the DC Comics superhero show last year as CBS’s former chief Nina Tassler was looking for a female heroine and greenlit the Greg Berlanti project. Even then when it was in develop at CBS there was rumours flying that Supergirl would actually land at CW to fit into the Arrowverse (consisting of other DC shows Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow). The move from CBS to CW (which happens to be co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros.) didn’t become real until the last few days as CBS didn’t want to renew the show due to the show’s budget (including the fact it commanded one of the highest license fees for a new series this season) with EW stating in their report of this news that the pilot episode cost $14m and each episode since cost around $3m. Reports indicate that production for Supergirl will have to move from Los Angeles to Vancouver in order to trim budget cuts (though I believe there’s been no official confirmation of that).
I for one am glad that Supergirl has been given a chance to shine some more on another network rather than fade away as some aspects of the show I thought were handled well, the sisterhood between the Danvers sisters, Calista Flockhart’s performance as Cat Grant and David Harewood portraying one of my favourite characters from the canon that I dare wish not spoil here. One of the highest viewed episodes in Supergirl’s first season was a crossover episode with Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen/The Flash and I’m sure the hope is that there will be plenty of crossovers next season in DC’s CW verse. Problem that may come for Supergirl going into its second season is will Calista Flockhart still be a series regular or not if production officially moves from Los Angeles to Vancouver?