CBS has announced that Supergirl will air on Mondays this fall, and they’ve thrown down the gauntlet as it is going up against Gotham on FOX.
Supergirl will fill the Monday night 8:00 – 9:00 PM time slot, following Life in Pieces. Supergirl lands in November, which gives CBS a chance to juggle the schedule to move other shows around.
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).
The most interesting reveal about the announcement has the show going up against Gotham on FOX. Gotham has had a strong audience, though fans have been less than thrilled with the direction of the series. One has to wonder if this is an intentional torpedoing in an attempt for FOX to eventually drop the series in order to move it to one of Warner Bros. other networks. Gotham is produced by Primrose Hill Productions, DC Comics, and Warner Bros. Television.
Supergirl is being produced by Berlanti Productions (Flash, Arrow, DC Legends of Tomorrow) and Warner Bros. Television.
Forced into a choice, I’m more likely to stick with Gotham and give Supergirl a skip. But I’m a curmudgeonly 40-something white guy, so I may not be the target audience anyway.