Fans of Calista Flockhart will see her return to television in another ‘bossy’ role, the former star of ‘Ally McBeal’ and ‘Brothers & Sisters’ will be joining the cast of the new CBS pilot ‘Supergirl’. Not only will Calista Flockhart be joining the series, she will be named a co-star, set to share the screen with Melissa Benoist when the CBS pilot finally airs in the future.
According to reports, Calista Flockhart will be playing the role of Kara’s boss, Cat Grant, in the show. ‘Supergirl’ will be flying-high with a lot of support from the network, CBS has ordered the show straight to series under writers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler. The show will be based on the popular character from DC Comics, through Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series will be executive produced by Berlanti, Adler and Sarah Schechter.
The series won’t be too much of a change from the original story-line, it will still have Kara Zor-El, the cousin of Superman, as she takes on the famous Supergirl alter-ego. She, like Superman, escaped her home planet before its ultimate destruction. In the series Supergirl knows of her powers while she is living on Earth, but keeps them hidden among our planet’s population. It isn’t until she turns 24 that starts putting them to use.
Berlanti has been one of the key-members that made the CW show “Arrow” a success, he is also one of the primary forces behind that series’ spinoff show ‘The Flash’ premiering this fall. With ‘Arrow’ and the ‘Flash’ on the CW, the network will also be adding “iZombie,” based on DC’s Vertigo. There is also ABC’s vrey popular ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’ and that show’s new spinoff series “Agent Carter.” Adding to the list of competition will be Fox’s ‘Gotham’ series and NBC’s ‘Constantine’.
It was CBS chair Nina Tassler that talked about the series during the TCA Winter Press Tour saying that Supergirl, “embodied so many of the characteristics of classic female heroines on the network… We fell in love with the pitch.”
Benoist will be playing the lead role as Supergirl, she was most recently in the Oscar-nominated film “Whiplash.” She will soon star in “The Longest Ride,” with Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood. That film will release in April.