Supergirl got a second season.
But it’s on the CW.
Damn. Just Damn.
I’ll go on record as saying CBS fumbled the football on this one. Focusing on short-term things like production budgets vs. a long-term strategy of rebuilding their schedule. But this par for the course with executives today. They just can’t see the big picture.
Someone needs to tell CBS’ executives Michael Weatherly just left NCIS. And the way things are going that show is nearing the end of its 17 o so year run. CBS also cancels every one of its aging CSI shows and Mike & Molly. So instead of leaving new better performing shows on the schedule or moving it to a night to fill in a hole or two in the schedule they move it to a netlet like the CW.
Some would be happy that Supergirl got a second season. But I’m not. Moving to the CW could be the single worst thing to happen to this show.
Yeah, moving Supergirl means it’ll skew a younger demographic. But that comes at a cost. The show is on a smaller netlet with a smaller audience. A network that’s a pale shadow of its predecessor the WB. In some parts of the country you can’t even get the CW. Yeah, you can watch episodes online, but that doesn’t help with ratings.
With the CW being a netlet, and not a network that means the budget is gonna be half of what it was on CBS. That’s BAD for a sci-fi show like Supergirl. That means the special effects are going to go from the near Marvel Studios quality to 1980s Salkinds level. Or we may just get Kara running around like Clark did on Smallville. And J’onn stuck in human form. Viewers are gonna notice the jarring changes in production and get turned off.
And the stories….Yeah, they’re headed for LAMESVILLE if the show is headed to the CW. Instead of the sci-fi comic book type stories we had on CBS may get more of the meandering syrupy soapy plots that are a staple on shows like Arrow and The Flash. Stories that have made Arrow unwatchable over the last two seasons. Can this Damien Dork season END already?
On the CW Black James Olson will probably have his role minimized. Or he’ll be revealed as an Earth-3 doppleganger who hid the real Jimmy Olson in a pod. Andto appease the mostly white female CW audience, some hunky twentysomething White guy will be made the new love interest. And we’ll probably get a meandering storyline regarding Kara’s quest to find her father.
The sad part about this move is that CBS and Warner Brothers will have blown a major opportunity to reach families and children with a superhero property. Supergirl was doing well with family audiences, something Warner Brothers and CBS desperately needs to build its reputation with. That was money in the bank for both long term in terms of licensing, merchandising and building a DC Universe on television. But executives at CBS and Warner Brothers can’t see it because they have tunnel vision.
Man, it’s like we DC fans can’t get a break. The program that best represents DC Comics and shows that DC characters can work onscreen just like Marvel Studios gets put on a netlet by CBS executives and gets its budget cut.
Damn. Just Damn.
When Supergirl premiered this September it was the first time in five years I actually got excited for a DC Comics property. The show was literally a DC Comic come to life onscreen, and a program that showed a DC Comic property could be made to compete with Marvel Studios superhero properties. Unfortunately, the same old gremlins at WB and CBS that sabotaged DC Comics properties in the past came to throw a Kryptonite monkeywrench in Supergirl’s production like they did with The Flash(1990) Birds of Prey, Smallville, Arrow, Gotham, and Legends of Tomorrow. The way I see it the greatest nemesis to DC Superheroes aren’t DC super-villains, they’re the executives running things at CBS and Warner Brothers.