Supergirl has officially been renewed for Season 2, and will be moving to The CW from CBS. Warner Bros. television announced that the filming of the renewed DC Comic based program, Supergirl, will resume in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada to cut back on production costs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Supergirl was ranked CBS’s most expensive first-year show to date. The studio has been actively looking for ways to reduce the cost of Supergirl before renewing it for a second season.
By The CW standards, this would be a hit in comparison to Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash. Supergirl also has the same producers as the former three, Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler.
Supergirl co-star, Calista Flockhart, was adamant about exclusively filming in L.A. after receiving the news of the renewal being filmed in Vancouver. She ultimately agreed with the decision, and will remain on the show despite her reservations.
Supergirl, in addition to appealing to younger viewers, also focused on empowering women, a high priority for former network president, Nina Tassler, according to THR.
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Rumors about Supergirl being renewed on The CW have been circulating prior to the Vancouver move and its likelihood seemed low due to the costs. However, WBTV remained persistent in renewing the freshman series for another season.
Adler told THR that producers intentionally created a cliffhanger finale as they were confident that Supergirl would make a triumphant return. Plans for a renewed Supergirl have already been planned for.
“Season two is going to be more reflective of their past and how they’re going to change their future as a result of it in a really emotional way,” Adler said. “We definitely want to continue making more of this show.”
Supergirl is The CW’s fourth DC Comics show slated for the 2016-17 broadcast season. Berlanti will also take on another classic comic series for television adaption, Archie.
The series Riverdale has been picked up for a pilot and will be focused on Archie and friends as Supergirl is renewed for a second season. If all goes according to schedule, Berlanti could have at least five of his shows featured next season.
Supergirl isn’t the first popular series to jump from CBS to The CW. In 2011, the CBS-produced series Ringer was also ported to The CW.
Fans are hoping that Supergirl’s renewal on The CW will lead to even more crossovers between the super hero shows.
How do you think Supergirl will do on The CW?
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