CBS Hands Out Series Order To ‘Supergirl’ From Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler & WBTV

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Supergirl - First Look (2)It was always considered a shoo-in but now it’s official: CBS has handed out a series order to Supergirl, making it their first official pick up for the 2015-2016 broadcast season.

Penned by Ali Adler and Greg Berlanti, Supergirl tells the story of Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin who escaped her homeplanet Krypton amidst its destruction. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

The drama series is produced by Warner Bros. Television & Berlanti Productions and stars Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal), Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness), David Harewood (Homeland) and Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy). The executive producers are Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Sarah Schechter.

Ever since Supergirl landed at CBS it’s been a priority for the network and has been on the fast-track for a series order. The network took in the WBTV produced project last September in a competitive situation with multiple networks bidding. The hefty series-commitment, which all but guaranteed today’s series order, signalled how serious CBS brass were about getting a superhero series on air.

With the official series order, Supergirl becomes the first new series that CBS has picked up for next season. Exactly where it will feature on the network’s schedule is TBD (that will be announced at CBS’ upfront next week), but it will sit alongside returning series such as 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, Mom, NCIS: New Orleans and Scorpion