[Update: Supergirl has been renewed for season 2, which will air on The CW.]
Although developed by The CW’s DC Comics television universe architect Greg Berlanti, the first season of Supergirl landed at CBS – which co-owns The CW with Warner Bros. Television. Despite the different networks, Supergirl featured a crossover with CW’s The Flash late in its first season, connecting it to the Scarlet Speedster’s series and fellow comic book shows Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. However, unlike The CW’s lineup, which has already been renewed by the network for subsequent seasons, CBS has yet to announce whether Supergirl return for a second season.
Previously, CBS CEO Les Moonves spoke about the renewal chances of the network’s crop of new series, saying, “I believe all five of them will be renewed.” But, when CBS announced a total of 11 returning shows earlier this year, none of the freshman series were on the list. Now, a new report claims CBS and Warner Bros. TV are still in negotiations as to whether Supergirl will receive a season 2, and if so, what form it will take.
The Wrap is reporting that the roughly $3 million per episode licensing fee CBS pays to broadcast Supergirl is a sticking point for the network, especially considering the ratings drop throughout the show’s freshman season. Moonves and Warner Bros. TV chief Peter Roth will need to reach a deal before both the CBS and CW upfront presentations later this month, with one possible resolution being Supergirl moving to The CW for its second season.
The report of Supergirl moving to The CW should be taken with a grain of salt since one of The Wrap’s sources claims the show’s potential future on The CW has long been a rumor but it has zero basis in fact. Certainly, rumors of Supergirl airing on The CW began circulating while the show was still in development, though it eventually landed on CBS. However, the benefits of Supergirl moving to The CW has been a talking point for fans with regards to the show’s future.
Of course, perhaps the most notable benefit for Supergirl fans would be that the show could more easily connect to Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow – especially since producers on both Supergirl and The Flash have talked about further crossovers and connections between the series. Additionally, Supergirl may be better suited to the younger-skewing audience of The CW and amidst the other comic book-based series on the network, which include iZombie and, potentially, the Archie Comics adaptation from Berlanti, Riverdale.
But, if Supergirl did move to the CBS/WB network, it would likely mean a move to Vancouver, Canada – where fellow DC TV shows are based – and budget cuts that would almost certainly impact the show’s look and feel in a second season. That being said, a move to The CW seems to be largely speculation at this point, though CBS will likely make a decision about Supergirl and the superhero drama’s second season soon, before the network’s upfront presentation on May 18th; The CW will give their upfront the following day, May 19th.
We’ll keep you updated on Supergirl season 2 as information becomes available.
Source: The Wrap