When we had the upfronts last month, it was revealed that the new pickup of Supergirl would premiere in November on Monday’s at 8pm, That’s putting it up against some Fox shows that may divide a few folks, such as Gotham, but for the most part it’s a solid family friendly spot that makes it easy for the “water cooler” talk the next day. Now CBS has announced the formal premiere date of October 26th, 2015, but at 8:30 for that night. While it’ll be at 8pm regularly thereafter, by putting it here they get to put it after the new episode of Big Bang Theory that night to try and keep people watching, which makes sense since Big Bang Theory is one of the highest rated network shows out there these days. That show isn’t on its usual Thursday’s at that point due to the football season, so it’ll be moving back there in November and Supergirl eases down to the 8pm slot.
According to the initial report, the size of the series commitment got shortened during the pickup in order to get the talent they wanted on it, but with the way that more shows are moving away from the full 22 model and coming off better for it, this isn’t a bad thing. According to the buzz on the pilot, it’s getting very good reviews overall.
The pilot was written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler. Berlanti has been responsible for both Arrow and The Flash on The CW. CBS has picked up the show to series already for the fall 2015 season. It stars Melissa Benoist as Kara, Mehcad Brooks Brooks, Davide Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra Danvers, Laura Nenanti as Alura Zor-El and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant. Dean Cain and Helen Slater are guest starring in the pilot.
Plot concept: The series centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist). Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
— Supergirl (@supergirlcbs) June 9, 2015