Supergirl moves to The CW and other big Fall moves
Update: Additional series cancellations and orders included below…
Let’s hope that Supergirl Kara Danvers can find some friends to help her move.
Even though many people vocalized that CBS’ Supergirl felt more like a show for The CW (I believe Megan mentioned that a few times on the podcast), I’m not sure how many people actually thought it would move there! Cancellation seemed a lot more possible for the struggling superhero drama (ratings dropped considerably after it debuted last fall), but Entertainment Weekly and other outlets are confirming Supergirl‘s move to a more tween-friendly network. Will this harm the show’s cred even further?
Even though Supergirl is hiring a U-Haul, the show is getting a second season! The highly-publicized crossover with The Flash probably solidified its move, and the show might be moving its production to Vancouver (where the other shows are filmed). This last bit has yet to be confirmed, however.
Will this change the number of episodes in the sophomore season? How will the visual effects look? What’s going to happen to Calista Flockhart?!?!
Aside from Supergirl, here are some other major developments announced today:
- ABC’s Castle is finally cancelled after lead Stana Katic left the show at the end of season eight. Initial rumors had Nathan Fillion returning without his co-star. Honestly, this felt wrong to even casual fans of the series. Here’s hoping the two stars are moving to bigger and better things.
- ABC cancelled Marvel’s Agent Carter starring Hayley Atwell. This is hardly a surprise given the struggling ratings for the period niche show. The good news is that Atwell’s new series, Conviction in which she stars as a lawyer and former First Daughter, has been greenlit.
- ABC dumped two more struggling dramas and surprisingly renewed a few others. Nashville and The Family are headed for the trash heap while The Catch (Megan can rejoice and sharpen her hate-watching skills), the Emmy-winning American Crime, and comedy The Real O’Neals will all return. It will also produce another Shondaland project called Still Star-Crossed which marks Shonda Rhimes’s first foray into period drama. Update: Apparently Lionsgate is shopping Nashville around after the shocking ABC cancellation. Hulu and CMT are the most frequently mentioned options. Can we just start the “Free Connie Britton” campaign right now?
- CSI: Cyber, the unfortunate source of a steady paycheck for brilliant Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette, has been cancelled. The cancellation also marks the end of the entire CSI series, a billion-dollar property for the Eye.
- Fans of The Good Wife have some cheering to do. Emmy-winner Christine Baranski is in negotiation to return in a spin-off focusing on her character Diane Lockhart. Apparently, this new series will air on CBS All Access rather than the traditional network. If approved, it would join another Star Trek iteration previously announced.
- FOX has cancelled two of its more promising comedies: The Grinder and Grandfathered. The Grinder is especially surprising given some recent awards heat that stars Rob Lowe and Fred Savage garnered.
- The ABC bloodbath continues with The Muppets, cancelled after a single season. The troubled series saw a change in show runner midseason, but that didn’t help. Cue Miss Piggy giving ABC brass a karate slap.
- NBC has cancelled a slew of newer shows including Game of Silence, Heartbeat, Crowded, and Eva Longoria’s Telenovela. It is, however, picking up two new comedies: Great News from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and Marlon from Marlon Wayans. No doubt NBC is still smarting over turning down Fey/Carlock’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a few years ago.
- Netflix is apparently moving forward with a second season of its Will Arnett dramedy Flaked. That’s all I have to say about that.
- CBS is moving forward with series orders for a host of new dramas and comedies. The new dramatic properties include a TV version of Training Day, Bull (inspired by Dr. Phil), Pure Genius, and a MacGyver reboot. The comedies include Matt LeBlanc’s Man with a Plan, the workplace comedy The Great Indoors, and Kevin Can Wait, a return to television for Kevin James.