Deadline is reporting that Les Moonves, the CEO of CBS, has announced that all of their network’s “freshman” series will be renewed for next season. For fans of the comic-book genre this means that Supergirl, which had a slightly rocky start at the beginning, has clearly managed to leap over its own tall buildings and will see a second season. For fans of “light speculative fiction” it also means that the series Limitless, based on the movie of the same name, will also be returning to next year’s roster of shows, which includes Scorpion, Stalker, and Madam Secretary. The CSI series Cyber, on the other hand, is seeing its episode order trimmed from 22 to 18 episodes, and series co-star Ted Danson will not be returning next year.
Supergirl premiered on October 26 starring Melissa Benoist as the cousin to the “Man Of Steel,” and while it attracted nearly 13 million viewers, it did see a drop off in viewership, with the episode broadcast on February 29 only attracting roughly 50% of what it was able to draw when it premiered. However, comic book series seem to be the darling when it comes to critics and studio executives, and despite the lower viewership in recent months it still received high marks from viewers.
Supergirl also stars Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood and Jeremy Jordan, “Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Good news? Are we all happy that Supergirl has been renewed for another season? Is this yet another strong indicator that comic book based programming, if developed correctly, can be a hot commodity?
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